Times have changed in Transylvania County.
And they’ve changed for the better at Rosman.
Transylvania’s two high schools no longer play one another in football because county officials were worried about the safety of the Tigers after they were outscored 151-3 in losses to Brevard between 2005 and 2007.
Flash forward to today and Rosman is flying high with its first 2-0 start since 2004, while Brevard (0-2) has lost to Owen and Polk County by a combined 139-6 score.
The Tigers chocked up 371 rushing yards out of their wishbone offense in Friday’s 30-27 win at Mountain Heritage.
Quarterback Duran Scruggs, who acts as the trigger man for the run-oriented attack, ran for a game-high 232 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 42, 51 and 91 yards. He attempted just five passes, completing two for 24 yards.
Brett Sisk added Rosman’s fourth touchdown on the ground from 5 yards out.
The Tigers were able to hold on after taking a 20-14 lead at halftime and inch a step closer to what could be their first winning season since 2001.
“It’s a great feeling for all of us to know we’re being rewarded for all the hard work in practice,” Scruggs said. “We haven’t done anything like this in a while. I know the community is really behind us, and we do it for them.”
Third-year coach Freddie Whitman can easily trace where the turnaround of the Tigers’ program began.
Rosman had just two players who could bench press 200 or more pounds when Whitman took the job. Now, there are more than 20.
“These kids have dedicated themselves,” Whitman said. “We’re pleased. We know what kind of program Mountain Heritage is, so we’re pleased to go over there and get a win. When we got ahead, we kept our football on the gas.”
Scruggs was a 1,000-yard rusher in 2011 and helped lead Rosman to a 7-6 win over Hayesville in the first round of the NCHSAA 1-A playoffs. That ended a postseason dry spell that stretched back to 2006.
Scruggs said he enjoys his role in the wishbone.
“I always have the ball in my hands, and I’m the one that gets to read the defense and make the decisions,” Scruggs said. “I like that a lot.”
Rosman returns home Friday to host Madison, which is also 2-0.