Reynolds 49, North Buncombe 6
WEAVERVILLE – Jave Jones scored on runs of 4 and 56 yards for the Rockets (8-2, 5-1 Mountain Athletic Conference), who clinched the 4-A title.
Reynolds’ defense provided two scores: Chase Towery returned a fumble 69 yards for a touchdown and Robbie Bonesque scored on a 29-yard interception return. Jones finished with 105 rushing yards on 7 attempts.
Caleb Gwaltney scored on a 4-yard run for North Buncombe (0-11, 0-6).
Pisgah 56, Brevard 14
BREVARD – McKinley Brown rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another score as the Bears put this one away quick.
Brown was 3 of 5 through the air for 87 yards, and Josh Noland added 76 rushing yards and the game’s first touchdown for Pisgah (5-6, 4-3 WNCAC).
Anthony Benjamin rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown to lead Brevard (0-11, 0-7).
Roberson 50, Enka 6
SKYLAND – The Rams rolled to their ninth win in 10 games and finished 5-1 in the Mountain Athletic Conference to gain a share of the 4-A title with Reynolds. The Rockets will earn the MAC’s top seed in the playoffs by virtue of their win over Roberson last week.
Hendersonville 28, Polk 20
HENDERSONVILLE – DeSean Jackson carried 23 times for 233 yards and a touchdown, and the Bearcats defense came up with a huge fourth-quarter stop to win this key Western Highlands Conference battle.
Early in the fourth quarter, Polk drove to Hendersonville’s 18 before the Bearcats (10-1, 7-0) held on fourth down to get the ball back.
Alec Philpott completed 15 of 20 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolverines (8-3, 5-2).
Madison 35, Mountain Heritage 7
BURNSVILLE – Tyler Hoffman scored once in each half to help the Patriots improve to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the Western Highlands Conference.
Mountain Heritage (4-6, 3-4) didn’t get on the board until Trevor Robinson scored on a 6-yard run with less than 90 seconds remaining.
Robbinsville 35, Cherokee 14
ROBBINSVILLE – The Black Knights (8-3, 4-2 Smoky Mountain) scored 28 points in the second half to break open a close game.
Spencer McCoy scored on two short runs and Cruz Galaviz rushed for 147 yards on 20 carries for Robbinsville.
Logan Woodard scored on a 45-yard interception return and on a 75-yard run for Cherokee (3-7, 1-5).
Hayesville 35, Andrews 7
ANDREWS – Caleb Nuckolls ran for two touchdowns and 119 yards, including the final score with 6:59 to go, as Hayesville kept the Wildcats winless in Smoky Mountain Conference play.
Nuckolls also capped the Yellow Jackets’ first score with a two-point run to help Hayesville improve to 4-6 overall and 3-3 in the league.
McDowell 48, North Wilkes 20
HAYS – Jared Helms scored four touchdowns and Grant Robinson threw for two more scores to spark McDowell past North Wilkes in a non-conference game.
The Titans, who led 28-12 at halftime, also received 144 yards rushing from Trey Anderson and 122 from Malique O’Neil.
Helms ran for two TDs while also returning a fumble and a punt for scores. Robinson completed 4 of 8 passes for 72 yards to pass the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
Anderson joined O’Neil as a 1,000-yard rusher this season, and, combined with Robinson, gave McDowell its first trio to reach that plateau in the same year.
The Vikings finished 3-8 for the season.
Avery County 13, Mitchell 6
NEWLAND – The Vikings (3-8, 1-6 Western Highlands) held on to win their first conference game.
Leading 7-6, Avery’s Daniel Childress returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown to account for the game’s final points.
Payton Lowery scored Avery’s other touchdown on a 2-yard run; Turner Pitman scored on a 2-yard run for Mitchell (0-7, 1-10).
Owen 64, Thomas Jefferson 12
SWANNANOA – Cole Leighton rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns for the Warhorses (5-6, 4-3 Western Highlands).
Jager Gardner scored two touchdowns on runs of 48 and 22 yards and rushed for 132 yards and Tyler White added 121 yards and a touchdown for Owen, which rushed for 486 yards and totaled 560 yards on offense.
Efrim Borders had a 93-yard kickoff return for Thomas Jefferson (5-5, 2-5).
Smoky Mountain 41, North Henderson 27
HENDERSONVILLE Chace Morgan rushed 34 times for three touchdowns and a school-record 359 yards to lead the Mustangs to a WNCAC victory.