Rockets closing in on back-to-back MAC championships

Reynolds quarterback Nathan St. Onge.

Reynolds quarterback Nathan St. Onge.

Reynolds is running away with another Mountain Athletic Conference championship.

The Rockets (6-2, 3-0) and Nathan St. Onge (842 passing yards, 771 rushing yards and 17 combined touchdowns) are the hottest team in Buncombe County football with a six-game winning streak. They are averaging 40.1 points a game.

Competitively-speaking, it looks like the last roadblock between back-to-back MAC titles is next week’s live TV game against Roberson.

First things first though, Reynolds has to go down Old Fort Mountain for Friday’s 7 p.m. matchup at McDowell (4-5, 1-3). The Titans played Asheville High tough last Friday before succumbing on the road, 30-20.

“I think they’re a lot better than their record,” Rockets coach Shane Laws said of McDowell.

“They had chances in a lot of the games they’ve lost. It wasn’t like they were blown out, the opportunities were there. We’re going to have to play well. It’s a little different atmosphere down there.”

Keyal Talbert (433 rushing yards, 282 receiving yards and seven combined touchdowns) and Sean Jones (367 yards, four touchdowns) are part of the Rockets backfield and their receiving corps includes Rmani Lynch (23 receptions for 314 yards and three touchdowns) and Kaedin Robinson (14 receptions for 234 yards and three touchdowns).

Frank Torres (12.0) and Conor Sullivan (11.6) are first and second in tackles for Reynolds. Charlie Lehman (8.9) returned an interception and a blocked punt for touchdowns in last Friday’s 63-14 rout of Enka.

The NCHSAA announced this week that the start of the state playoffs has been pushed back a week to Nov. 18. Win or lose, Laws said the goal is the same for the Rockets between now and then.

“We’ve got to continue to get better,” he said.

“The opponent you are playing is important. But a lot of the focus has to be on us. Are we getting better each week in practice and games? Obviously that’s what you want this time of the year.”

Reynolds leads the all-time series with McDowell, 18-3, and hasn’t lost to the Titans since 1995.

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