Western North Carolina football capsules - Week 9

Micah Jenkins (12) and Roberson play at Erwin on Friday.

Micah Jenkins (12) and Roberson play at Erwin on Friday.

Unless noted, all kickoffs are at 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s games

Mountain Athletic Conference

MCDOWELL (4-4, 1-2) at ASHEVILLE (3-4, 1-1), 7 p.m.

Last week: McDowell lost to Erwin, 42-15; Asheville beat Enka, 51-7.

Last year: Asheville beat McDowell, 54-7.

Notes: “The Governor” is in good hands in Houston. Veteran Asheville High assistant coach Charlie Metcalf and his family flew out to a Texas hospital this week to begin treatment for Metcalf’s third bout with cancer since 2013. Past and present Cougars coaches have nicknamed Metcalf “The Governor” since he knows so many people everywhere they go. Metcalf, 63, has previously gotten radiation both locally, and at Duke University since his original diagnosis with Stage III non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He had to be screened, and then selected to take part in the MD Anderson Cancer Center’s program. Metcalf will have T-cells removed on Thursday and they will be genetically-altered to fight cancer. Metcalf has three different job titles in his 13th season with the Cougars – assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. A GoFundMe page set up to help the Metcalf family with expenses in traveling back and forth between North Carolina and Houston has raised more than $12,000. Devon Davidson (1,206 yards and eight touchdowns with six interceptions) have been wearing lime-green stickers on their helmets to support Metcalf’s fight with lymphoma. Davidson and the rest of the offense are coming off their best performance, points-wise, of the season. His favorite receivers have been Makaius Brewer (41 receptions for 501 yards and two touchdowns), Dana Campbell (24 receptions for 237 yards) and DeAndre Gaskin (15 receptions for 177 yards). Ahmad Shivers (561 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Taejan Griffin (213 yards, one touchdown) are top rushers and the defense keys on Taquandre Bates (10.3 tackles per game), Micah Robertson (8.6), Kaejan Griffin (6.7), Taevon Edgerton (6.3) and Keith Mosely (6.0). McDowell junior Ben Ballew (926 yards and six touchdowns with 13 interceptions) is about to become a 1,000-yard passer for the first time in his varsity career with the help of Chase Justice (28 receptions for 262 yards and two touchdowns), Tyler Banks (21 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdowns) and Dakota Effler (13 receptions for 119 yards and one touchdown). The Titans defense takes its cues from Damon McNeely (7.1 tackles per game), Kaali Tobe (6.1) and Ricky Amador (5.0). Asheville leads this all-time series, 17-1, and hasn’t lost to McDowell since 1983.

Pick: Asheville by 21.

ENKA (2-6, 1-2) at REYNOLDS (5-2, 2-0), 7 p.m.

Last week: Enka lost to Asheville, 51-7; Reynolds did not play.

Last year: Reynolds beat Enka, 64-3.

Notes: Need proof that football has become a more aerial game? There are 12 area quarterbacks with 1,000 or more yards this season and only four mountain rushers who have hit the benchmark. Enka senior Avery Holbrook (1,040 passing yards, 366 rushing yards and 15 combined touchdowns) is one of those dozen as of last Friday. He has mostly targeted Donyelle Gaines (19 receptions for 252 yards), Chase Bennett (17 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown), Will Redmon (16 receptions for 235 yards and four touchdowns) and Seth Phillips (14 receptions for 154 yards and one touchdown). Austin Clark (225 yards, one touchdown) ranks second behind Holbrook in rushing. Reynolds and Frank Torres (84 tackles, 12 for a loss) are 2-0 in the MAC and the Rockets haven’t just beaten anyone. They took down Erwin, 49-48, on Sept. 23 and beat Asheville, 34-16, in their last game on Sept. 30. Nathan St. Onge (595 passing yards, 308 rushing yards and nine combined touchdowns) leads the way in passing and rushing. Other integral pieces to the offense are Keyal Talbert (396 rushing yards, 237 receiving yards and seven combined touchdowns), Sean Jones (297 yards, three touchdowns), Rmani Lynch (22 receptions for 308 yards and three touchdowns) and Kaedin Robinson (13 receptions for 179 yards and two touchdowns). Torres has set the tone for the defense which also feeds off of Conor Sullivan (81 tackles), Charlie Lehman (62), Andrew McKay (44), Cedric Thompkins (41) and Chayce Plummer (40). Reynolds leads this all-time series, 33-15-1, and hasn’t lost to Enka since 1995.

Pick: Reynolds by 28.

ROBERSON (6-1, 2-0) at ERWIN (4-4, 2-1), 7 p.m.

Last week: Roberson beat North Buncombe, 37-17; Erwin beat McDowell, 42-15.

Last year: Erwin beat Roberson, 35-31.

Notes: Anyone looking to make any inroads against the Roberson defense must acknowledge this — it would be a lot easier without senior Logan Wells and junior Greg Johnston getting in the way. Wells became one of the latest WNC tacklers to record his 100th stop in last week’s homecoming win over visiting North Buncombe. He has 108 tackles (15 for a loss) and 4.5 sacks. Johnston is pretty far behind in total tackles (78), but he has gotten acquainted with his share of mountain quarterbacks so far. Johnson has 24 tackles for a loss and an area-high 15 sacks. The Rams have the best overall record of any Buncombe County team. Other standouts for the Roberson defense are Zach Myers (9.9 tackles per game), Jordan McNeill (8.0), Kai Anthony (5.3), Seth Rowe (4.6), Mikal Timpson (4.6), Dayquan Watkins (4.4), Tristen McAfee (4.2) and Barshia Young (4.0). Watkins is a Shrine Bowl lineman who now has 22 pancake blocks for the offense. And that offense is run by Ty Gossett (1,445 yards and 12 touchdowns with 10 interceptions). He can choose from four different receivers with 10 or more catches – Barshia Young (25 receptions for 445 yards and five touchdowns), Micah Jenkins (22 receptions for 408 yards and two touchdowns), Davis Phillips (13 receptions for 171 yards and one touchdown) and Bryson Case (12 receptions for 137 yards and one touchdown). Lejuan Rush (312 yards, seven touchdowns) and Shaq Gist (301 yards, five touchdowns) rank first and second in rushing for the Rams. Erwin senior Damien Ferguson (2,620 passing yards, 360 rushing yards and 31 combined touchdowns) now stands alone as the first area quarterback to throw for 8,000 career yards. He has a WNC-record 8,210 to be exact, and has padded that total this fall with the help of C.J. Thompson (57 receptions for 919 yards and 14 touchdowns), Trey Martin (46 receptions for 633 yards and six touchdowns), Kealin Goode (37 receptions for 454 yards and four touchdowns), Bryan Anuel (25 receptions for 227 yards) and Isaiah Poore (23 receptions for 346 yards and three touchdowns). Poore (659 yards, 15 touchdowns) and Quentin Smith (451 yards, six touchdowns) are the top rushing options, while the defense relies on Chris McDonald (7.7 tackles per game), Alex McGlothlin (6.1) and Kendell Dover (5.1). Roberson leads this all-time series by a count of 29-26.

Pick: Erwin by 3.

Western North Carolina Athletic Conference

Photo gallery: Football photos 2016: North Henderson vs. Tuscola

TUSCOLA (7-0, 3-0) at PISGAH (7-0, 3-0)

Last week: Tuscola beat North Henderson, 54-14; Pisgah beat West Henderson, 34-7.

Last year: Pisgah beat Tuscola, 20-17.

Notes: No matter what the scoreboard reads at the end of the night, Friday’s real winner is the Pisgah athletic department. One of the largest crowds in WNC history is expected to pour through the turnstiles Friday in Canton, a boon to the Black Bears’ funds for the rest of the school year. Pisgah and Tuscola have beaten opponents in their paths by an average of 25.5 points and 37.4 points, respectively. There are only three undefeated football teams left in WNC and they are two of them. For those wondering, the Black Bears and Mountaineers have never met this late in a season with both sides still unbeaten. The last time it happened period was 2008, but that was back when they played in the third week of the season. Crowds in excess of 10,000 have attended past Pisgah-Tuscola games, and if the weather holds, Tuscola coach Tommy Pursley said he wouldn’t be surprised to see 15,000 in attendance Friday at Pisgah Memorial Stadium. Tanner Wike (892 passing yards, 550 rushing yards and 22 combined touchdowns) and the Black Bears have won the last three games in this series and will look to make it No. 4 with contributions from Wike, Alabama recruit Michael Parrott (551 yards, four touchdowns), Trey Morgan (40 receptions for 767 yards and 15 touchdowns) and Isaiah Fisher (244 rushing yards, 67 receiving yards and three combined touchdowns). Tackling leaders for Pisgah are Jeff Albritton (56), Tanner Lanning (53), Houston Rogers (39) and Fisher (30). Tuscola senior Caleb Ferguson (1,082 rushing yards, 138 receiving yards and 29 combined touchdowns) went over 1,000 yards last Friday. He gets his handoffs from Grayson Perkins (358 passing yards, 202 rushing yards and 12 combined touchdowns) as do Brent Turner (484 yards, three touchdowns) and Roman Jenkins (434 yards, three touchdowns). Joe Napert has snared a team-high six receptions for 137 yards and the defense has been shored up by Taylor Austin (8.0 tackles per game), Jeremy Jacobs (7.6), Napert (7.0), Dylan Worley (6.9) and Bailee Ewart (6.4). Tuscola leads the all-time series, 26-25-1.

Pick: Tuscola by 1.

FRANKLIN (3-4, 1-2) at NORTH HENDERSON (3-4, 1-2)

Last week: Franklin beat Smoky Mountain, 35-14; North Henderson lost to Tuscola, 54-14.

Last year: Franklin beat North Henderson, 28-12.

Notes: No disputing it, Josh Brooks has brought two things to Franklin football in his 11 seasons as coach – stability and success. Brooks has 99 career wins after beating his high school alma mater (Smoky Mountain) last Friday. Panthers juniors Andrew Moore (1,203 yards and seven touchdowns with five interceptions) and Brock Kloeppel (1,081 yards, 20 touchdowns) are both 1,000-yard performers. Their supporting cast includes Grant Stiles (223 yards, two touchdowns), Jordin Nugent (34 receptions for 437 yards) and Bailey Watts (30 receptions for 438 yards and two touchdowns). Five Franklin defenders have been averaging four or more tackles a game – Stiles (4.8), Zach Delacruz (4.6), Logan Tallent (4.4), Ethan McCall (4.0) and Grant Vanhook (4.0). North Henderson sophomore quarterback Kalin Ensley (861 passing yards and 440 rushing yards) scored his seventh touchdown of the season last Friday. Other big parts of the Knights offense are Darren Lammons (46 receptions for 535 yards and three touchdowns) and Colby Thomas (253 rushing yards and 10 receptions for 79 yards). Kingston Thomas (6.8 tackles per game), Mikey Smithers (6.4) and Austin Vanhoy (6.2) have headed up the defense.

Pick: Franklin by 10.

WEST HENDERSON (3-4, 1-2) at BREVARD (5-2, 2-1)

Last week: West Henderson lost to Pisgah, 34-7; Brevard beat East Henderson, 45-9.

Last year: West Henderson beat Brevard, 12-7.

Notes: Putting the pride back in Brevard football has been a process for second-year coach Craig Pritchett and his seniors. How’s it going? The Blue Devils have already doubled their number of victories from 2015 (two) and won their most games in three years. Tanner Ellenberger recently passed for his 5,000th yard. Ellenberger (1,150 passing yards, 287 rushing yards and 24 combined touchdowns) has 5,288 career yards after last Friday and is a member of the 1,000-yard club for the third straight year with the help of Ari Williams (23 receptions for 485 yards and eight touchdowns), Lane Pressley (16 receptions for 250 yards and five touchdowns) and Nick Cabe (12 receptions for 252 yards and one touchdown). Tanner Pettit (575 yards, three touchdowns) is averaging exactly seven yards per carry. Ethan Shook continues to lead the WNCAC in tackles (13.4 a game) as a junior. Other key defenders for the Blue Devils are Pettit (7.9) and Kyle Williams (7.3). West Henderson has lost back-to-back games for the first time in three years and did not have Peyton Frisbee (919 yards, 10 touchdowns) a week ago due to a shoulder injury. Brandon Whitaker (403 rushing yards, 206 passing yards and eight combined touchdowns) and Jason Wallace (208 yards) are other playmakers for the offense, while the defense is reliant on Devin Stepp (6.3 tackles per game), Trenton Gasperson (5.3), Elijah Nickell (4.8) and Wallace (4.7).

Pick: Brevard by 7.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN (5-2, 1-2) at EAST HENDERSON (0-7, 0-3)

Last week: Smoky Mountain lost to Franklin, 35-14; East Henderson lost to Brevard, 45-9.

Last year: Smoky Mountain beat East Henderson, 28-0.

Notes: Seven is the magic number. Smoky Mountain and Cole Hooper (1,227 yards and nine touchdowns with six interceptions) need to win two more games to guarantee their first winning season since 1999. Hooper has completed a total of 50 passes to Austin Baumgarner (28 receptions for 430 yards and three touchdowns) and Tristen Kenyon (22 receptions for 179 yards and one touchdown), while also keeping Connor Moore (16 receptions for 274 yards and two touchdowns) and Tyler Waliezer (13 receptions for 96 yards) heavily involved. Matthew Ridley (1,057 yards, seven touchdowns) is a 1,000-yard rusher as of last Friday and the most active tacklers for the Jackson County team are Kyle Bradley (54), Moore (42), Michael Ashe (37), Gage Kosnik (34), Hunter Coggins (33) and Cody Lominac (31). East Henderson’s only touchdown last Friday occurred when Zack Adkinson hit fellow junior Garrett Stiwinter with a 10-yard pass. The Eagles are averaging six points a game.

Pick: Smoky Mountain by 28.

Western Highlands Conference

OWEN (1-6, 0-3) at MADISON (3-4, 0-2)

Last week: Owen lost to Mountain Heritage, 44-0; Madison did not play.

Last year: Madison beat Owen, 15-14.

Notes: Madison senior Colby Edwards leaves it all on the field. And the stat sheet. Edwards (1,356 passing yards, 630 rushing yards and 22 combined touchdowns) is a force to be reckoned with for any Patriots opponent as are Derek Gonzalez (730 yards, four touchdowns), Dawson Coates (42 receptions for 595 yards and seven touchdowns) and Elan Littrell (38 receptions for 497 yards and two touchdowns). Logan Roberts (10.8 tackles a game), Gonzalez (6.9), Austin Shelton (6.2) and Clark Gray (6.1) stand out for the defense. Owen was shut out for the first time in four years last Friday. The Warhorses have gotten the majority of their yardage this season from Kendrick Weaver (671 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions), Cyrus Hooper (371 yards, four touchdowns), Tyler Sexton (16 receptions for 291 yards and four touchdowns) and Waleed Kahlil (12 receptions for 150 yards and one touchdown). Alex Huntsinger averages a team-high 6.2 tackles per game, followed by Sexton (5.6), Antonio McDowell (5.4), Otis Mallory (4.7) and Jadon Watson (4.3).

Pick: Madison by 14.

MITCHELL (7-0, 2-0) at HENDERSONVILLE (6-2, 3-0)

Last week: Mitchell beat Polk County, 48-18; Hendersonville beat Avery County, 66-6.

Last year: Mitchell beat Hendersonville, 56-40.

Notes: No football team from WNC has been better in the regular season the past two years than Mitchell, winning 21 of its last 22 such games. Big or small, the Mountaineers and Ben Young (1,183 passing yards, 435 rushing yards and 17 combined touchdowns) have made it their specialty to win games such as this. Young went over the 1,000-yard mark in passing for the second consecutive year a week ago, while also scoring on five quarterback keepers. Other ground support for Mitchell has come from Ben Robinson (526 yards, five touchdowns), Landon Miller (281 yards, seven touchdowns) and Noah Pitman (256 yards, three touchdowns). Receivers at Young’s disposal are Brody Smith (27 receptions for 641 yards and seven touchdowns), Alex McKinney (14 receptions for 212 yards and four touchdowns) and Jesse Pitman (11 receptions for 150 yards and one touchdown). Trevor Self leads the way in tackling (8.0 per game), followed by Robinson (7.7), Jacob Yelton (7.5), Miller (5.3) and Jesse Pitman. Hendersonville’s Alex Williford (1,614 yards and 16 touchdowns with 10 interceptions) is a 1,000-yard quarterback in his first season as the Bearcats’ starter and fellow junior Tykel Landrum set a school record for single-season interception returns (three) in the Avery County game. Landrum (47 receptions for 878 yards and eight touchdowns) also had a touchdown catch and a punt return. Hendersonville is averaging 58.0 points per game in WHC play and has hung 66 on each of its past two opponents (Madison and Avery County). Besides Landrum and Williford, others players who have given punch to the offense are Leon Cooks (30 receptions for 492 yards and seven touchdowns), Demetrius Smith (19 receptions for 156 yards and one touchdown) and Ty’rese Hunt (569 yards, nine touchdowns). On the other side of the ball, leaders are Blaine Sharpe (7.9 tackles per game), Taerek Daniel (7.6), Cole McMurray (6.9), Shaq Rospel (6.7), Landrum (6.3), Samuel Lucas (6.0) and Jhon Salguero (5.8). Last year’s WHC championship was split three ways between Hendersonville, Mitchell and Mountain Heritage, underscoring the importance of this game. The Bearcats have already beaten Mountain Heritage (42-22 on Sept. 23).

Pick: Mitchell by 1.

AVERY COUNTY (3-4, 1-1) at POLK COUNTY (3-5, 1-2)

Photo gallery: Football photos 2016: Polk County vs Mitchell

Last week: Avery County lost to Hendersonville, 66-6; Polk County lost to Mitchell, 48-18.

Last year: Polk County beat Avery County, 43-41.

Notes: The line to the training room forms here. Avery County’s Christian Hicks (580 passing yards, 380 rushing yards and 12 combined touchdowns) and Steven Sanchez (288 yards, two touchdowns) both suffered leg injuries a week ago and Van McCollum (98 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions) was banged-up, too. Whoever is at quarterback on Friday will likely target Brett Smith (35 receptions for 408 yards and six touchdowns) and Andy Dominguez (17 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns). Ethan Johnson (100 yards, two touchdowns) was the player who scored last week’s touchdown. Leaders for the Vikings defense are Blake Williams (7.4 tackles per game), Sanchez (7.1), Josh McClellan (5.7) and Cole Singleton (5.7). They will have to contend with Dillon Overholt (762 rushing yards, 664 passing yards and 16 combined touchdowns), Jaymes Wingo (382 rushing yards, 171 receiving yards and three combined touchdowns), Joshua Chupp (17 receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns) and Dillon Knighton (11 receptions for 171 yards and one touchdown). Chupp (6.3 tackles per game) and Austin Wilson (6.1) are first and second in tackles.

Pick: Polk County by 3.

Smoky Mountain Conference

CHEROKEE (3-4, 0-2) at ROSMAN (1-6, 0-3)

Last week: Cherokee lost to Swain County, 35-8; Rosman lost to Robbinsville, 41-3.

Last year: Rosman beat Cherokee, 21-0.

Notes: Five yards? That shouldn’t take long. Cherokee junior Tye Mintz (995 passing yards, 347 rushing yards and 11 combined touchdowns) is a short completion away from becoming a 1,000-yard passer for the second straight year. Younger brother Cade Mintz (21 receptions for 309 yards and three touchdowns) is the No. 1 receiver for the Braves, followed by Holden Straughan (20 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns), Anthony Toineeta (15 receptions for 276 yards and three touchdowns) and Shane Swimmer (14 receptions for 140 yards). Isaiah Evans (442 yards, eight touchdowns) remains the top rusher for Cherokee. Defenders to keep an eye on are Toineeta (7.1 tackles per game), Byron Locust (4.4) and Dawson Wilnoty (4.4). Rosman senior Harper Reese’s 23-yard field goal was the only points scored by the Tigers last Friday. Luke Stewart (540 yards and two touchdowns with five interceptions) has thrown the majority of his passes to Tanner Whitman (13 receptions for 169 yards), a senior who also leads the Transylvania County team in rushing (464 yards, three touchdowns). Rosman’s top tacklers are Will Partin (7.6 tackles a game), Neil Tesnow (5.7) and Chandon Dodson (4.4).

Pick: Cherokee by 7.

SWAIN COUNTY (2-5, 2-0) at ANDREWS (2-6, 1-2)

Last week: Swain County beat Cherokee, 35-8; Andrews lost to Murphy, 48-0.

Last year: Swain County beat Andrews, 49-19.

Notes: Everything is back to normal in Bryson City after wins the past two weeks. Dylan Smith (272 yards, three touchdowns) ran for his first touchdowns of the season a week ago. Other rushers out of the veer offense are Keshaun Beaner (325 yards, 10 touchdowns), Chris Miller (245 yards, one touchdown) and quarterback Brodie Bowman (809 passing yards, 273 rushing yards and three combined touchdowns). Wren Gunter (6.9 tackles a game), Will Paul (4.7) and Logan Loftis (4.3) have produced the most for the defense. Andrews will counter with Matt Barton (361 passing yards, 154 rushing yards and four combined touchdowns), Andrew Horton (290 yards) and Kylan Thompson (10 receptions for 156 yards and one touchdown). Swain County leads this all-time series, 46-7-1.

Pick: Swain County by 14.

ROBBINSVILLE (3-4, 2-1) at HAYESVILLE (1-5, 1-1)

Last week: Robbinsville beat Rosman, 41-3; Hayesville did not play.

Last year: Robbinsville beat Hayesville, 49-14 and 52-21 in the first round of the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs.

Notes: See you again soon? Early rounds of the NCHSAA 1-A and 1-AA playoffs have seen a lot of SMC rematches recently which explains why Friday is the third game in two years between these teams. Hayesville and Alan Gillis (456 rushing yards, 343 passing yards and 10 combined touchdowns) have not played since a 55-26 loss at Swain County on Sept. 30. Colton Thomas (335 yards, four touchdowns) is second behind Gillis in rushing and the top-two receivers are Brian Smith (16 receptions for 147 yards) and Payton Krieger (10 receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns). Standouts for the defense are Devin Boykin (6.0 tackles per game), Thomas Cothren (5.5), Thomas (4.4), Krieger (4.2) and Kyle Rhinehardt (4.0). Robbinsville junior Ian Wiggins (484 yards, two touchdowns) ran for a season-high 161 yards and his first two touchdowns last Friday. Other playmakers for the offense are Alex Bridges (524 passing yards, 120 rushing yards and seven combined touchdowns), Colby Hemphill (465 yards, six touchdowns) and Chandler Jumper (16 receptions for 307 yards and two touchdowns). Elijah Wachacha is averaging a team-high 8.0 tackles a game, followed by Issiah Bradley (6.2) and Landon Orr (6.1). Robbinsville leads this all-time series, 56-22-1.

Pick: Robbinsville by 7.



Last week: Christ School did not play; Hickory Grove lost to Cannon School, 41-0.

Last year: Christ School beat Hickory Grove, 54-26.

Notes: Schedule subject to change. Last Friday was the fourth time in two years that Christ School and Drew Johnson (1,564 yards and 16 touchdowns with four interceptions) have gotten an expected Friday off due to a cancellation, forfeit or postponement. Blame this latest one on Hurricane Matthew – the Greenies will make up their game at Concord First Assembly Christian on Oct. 21. The receiving corps for Johnson are a deep, talented bunch led by Keyvaun Cobb (37 receptions for 348 yards and six touchdowns), Jared Letman-Gash (24 receptions for 331 yards and eight touchdowns), Kokayi Cobb (16 receptions for 409 yards), Gabe Blevins (16 receptions for 215 yards and one touchdown), Tyler Redmond (12 receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns) and Kevin Snyder (12 receptions for 95 yards). Kokayi Cobb (218 yards, four touchdowns) has also been the team’s foremost rusher. Seth Griswold has made a team-high 56 tackles, followed by Carson Jones (43), Sage Holley (39) and Ross Oakley (31).

Pick: Christ School by 28.

Saturday’s game



Last week: Anderson Cavaliers beat Tennessee Silverbacks, 27-6; Asheville School beat Carolina Gladiators, 61-22.

Last year: The two teams did not play.

Notes: Every high school kid dreams of playing on Saturdays. Asheville School and Ahmad Galimore (847 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions) will get a taste of what it’s like to be college football players in their latest game at Arbogast Field. Galimore threw a pair of touchdowns last Friday to Rashad Morrison (26 receptions for 437 yards and nine touchdowns). Titus Morrison (12 receptions for 184 yards and one touchdown) is another player with double-digit catches and Fisher Howard (349 yards, four touchdowns) leads the ground attack. Tacklers putting up the biggest numbers for the Blues are J.P. Schill (7.7 a game), Chris Amoroso (5.5), Howard (5.2), Morrison (5.0) and Umit Muradi (4.8). The Anderson Cavaliers have outscored a couple other teams from Buncombe County – the Asheville Saints and Carolina Gladiators – by a combined margin of 110-6 in games earlier this season. Ryan Smith (1,327 yards, 17 touchdowns) is the primary weapon for the Cavaliers.

Pick: Anderson Cavaliers by 3.

— Compiled by staff writer Andrew Pearson

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