Tonight's WNC football games

Tonight's WNC football games


Tonight's WNC football games


Mountain Athletic 3-A/4-A ENKA (1-8, 1-3) at MCDOWELL (2-8, 0-5)

Enka did not play; McDowell lost to Reynolds, 66-13.Last week:

McDowell beat Enka, 34-12.Last year:

Two new entries in the McDowell record book fall on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Titans gave up their most points (66) in school history a week ago in their sixth consecutive loss. But on the flipside, senior Trey Anderson (1,154 yards, four touchdowns) became just the second McDowell player to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Sophomore Casey Ray (1,018 yards and eight touchdowns with seven interceptions) also went past 1,000 yards, but he separated a shoulder in the second half and is questionable for tonight. His top receiver is McDowell’s former starting quarterback, Dallas Myers (29 receptions for 405 yards and four touchdowns). The Titans have won two straight games in this series with 75 combined points, which means Enka tacklers like Cody Clark (11.4 per game), Nathan Saunders (7.9), Brandon Hughes (7.0) and Luke Fabio (6.0) have their work cut out for them. Tyler Pressley (832 yards and six touchdowns with six interceptions) has two receivers with 30 or more catches — Shadow Christenson (37 receptions for 453 yards and four touchdowns) and Tommy Holloway (31 receptions for 226 yards and one touchdown). In reverse order, they also rank first and second in rushing. Holloway has run for 789 yards and six touchdowns, followed by Christenson (264 yards, three touchdowns).Notes:

Enka by 3.Pick:

ASHEVILLE (7-2, 4-0) at NORTH BUNCOMBE (3-6, 1-3)

Asheville beat Roberson, 35-28; North Buncombe lost to Erwin, 63-0.Last week:

Asheville beat North Buncombe, 31-0.Last year:

Fight the temptation. Asheville High and Cameron Ray (705 yards, 13 touchdowns) can’t afford to look ahead tonight. If Ray, Travis Lytle (436 yards, two touchdowns) and Reggie Battle (388 yards, four touchdowns) can keep the Cougars ground game moving, they would set up a MAC 3-A championship game next week at home against undefeated Erwin (9-0, 5-0). That trio of running backs gets its handoffs from Tevin Salters (817 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions). Asheville’s top tacklers also rank first and second in the MAC –seniors Bryson Bradley (133 per game) and Danquiries Green (117). Green and Charlotte recruit Markevis Davis scored defensive touchdowns a week ago. Meanwhile, North Buncombe is coming off its first shutout loss. The Black Hawks and Chase Parker (843 yards and nine touchdowns with four interceptions) are bidding for their first win over the Cougars since 1999. Caleb Gwaltney (71.5 tackles), Trenton Bullman (49) and Dylan Fox (44.5) continue to stand tall for the North Buncombe defense.Notes:

Asheville by 21.Pick:

REYNOLDS (5-4, 2-2) at ROBERSON (4-5, 2-2)

Reynolds beat McDowell, 66-13; Roberson lost to Asheville, 35-28.Last week:

Reynolds beat Roberson, 21-18.Last year:

Even a couple bitter Buncombe County rivals can agree — they are beyond battle-tested. The combined record of the four teams that have beaten Reynolds this season is 35-3, while it’s 39-6 for the five teams that have gotten the better of Roberson. Rockets senior Levi Ledford (1,715 yards and 15 touchdowns with seven interceptions) has completed 63.9 percent of his passes to a collection of receivers that includes C.J. Allen (34 receptions for 492 yards and four touchdowns) and Caelan Rhinehardt (25 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns). Allen is expected to play tonight for the first time since Oct. 4 after recovering from injuries suffered in a car wreck. But the Rockets will be without Jave Jones (826 yards, 15 touchdowns) for a fourth game. The promising junior who received a scholarship offer from North Carolina last spring has been suspended for a second time in two months for a violation of team rules. Thomas Blakey has hit two field goals from 40 or more yards (42 and 47) in the past two weeks. The senior has made all 46 of his extra-point attempts and boomed 31 kickoffs for touchbacks. Leading tacklers for Reynolds are Andrew Swicegood (8.5 tackles a game), Andrew Long (6.3) and Jake Cardillo (5.1). Roberson quarterback Reggie Pinner (2,204 yards and 25 touchdowns with eight interceptions) had a hand in three touchdowns a week ago, including a 27-yard pass to his top receiver, fellow senior Marcus Jenkins (44 receptions for 731 yards and 11 touchdowns). Zach Dollinger (35 receptions for 513 yards and eight touchdowns) and Alex Talley (32 receptions for 438 yards and two touchdowns) are doubtful for tonight with injuries. Seth Griswold (13 tackles), Tyreek Smith (11) and Collin Jones (10) made 10 or more tackles last Friday.Notes:

Reynolds by 1.Pick:

WNC Athletic 2-A/3-A NORTH HENDERSON (3-6, 2-3) at BREVARD (4-5, 2-3)

North Henderson lost to Pisgah, 35-6; Brevard lost to Smoky Mountain, 31-28.Last week:

North Henderson beat Brevard, 47-20.Last year:

Next man up? What about after that, and then after that? No local team has gone through more of an odyssey at quarterback than North Henderson. Ashton Woodring (393 yards and three touchdowns with five interceptions) is the fourth Knight to start under center for a team that began the season with the services of a former 2,000-yard passer — Zack Gahagan tore an anterior cruciate ligament in early-September. Through it all, receivers like Cory Foster (54 receptions for 1,074 yards and 11 touchdowns), Dalton Whitaker (36 receptions for 426 yards and three touchdowns) and Tyler Sargent (18 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns) have made the best of the ever-evolving situation. Tucker Garren (81 tackles) and Garrett Moore (50) continue to bolster the Knights defense. Brevard’s Mikel Minugh has rushed for a combined six touchdowns the past two weeks. The Blue Devils have won eight of the last 10 meetings in this series.Notes:

Brevard by 3.Pick:

TUSCOLA (7-2, 4-1) at EAST HENDERSON (0-9, 0-5)

Tuscola beat West Henderson, 49-13; East Henderson lost to Franklin, 42-7.Last week:

East Henderson beat Tuscola, 55-24.Last year:

Bryce Myers did not stay banged up for long. Myers (1,219 yards, 15 touchdowns) resumed the best season of his career last Friday, a week after the Tuscola junior was hobbled in a home loss to Pisgah. Together, playmakers like Myers, Woody Cornwell (966 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions), Adam Chambers (18 receptions for 245 yards and four touchdowns) and Jon Martinez (66 tackles) have allowed the Mountaineers to more than double their wins total (three) from all of 2012. East Henderson grabbed an early 7-0 lead over undefeated Franklin when Aaron Moody (752 yards and six touchdowns with 14 interceptions) connected with Jesse Rogers for a 32-yard touchdown pass.Notes:

Tuscola by 14.Pick:

WEST HENDERSON (0-9, 0-5) at FRANKLIN (9-0, 5-0)

West Henderson lost to Tuscola, 49-13; Franklin beat East Henderson, 42-7.Last week:

Franklin beat West Henderson, 35-14.Last year:

Sweet 16, indeed. Franklin and Erwin are two of 16 football teams in the NCHSAA that are still unbeaten in the next-to-last week of the regular season. The ground-and-pound nature of the Panthers offense gets its share of press thanks to the work of Jeremiah Young (1,522 yards, 25 touchdowns), Billy Higdon (281 yards, four touchdowns) and Zane Fox (280 yards, four touchdowns), but Luke Keener (1,199 yards and eight touchdowns with five interceptions) is also a 1,000-yard passer who has directed most of his throws to Josh Lindley (30 receptions for 473 yards and two touchdowns) and Chance Gibbs (24 receptions for 466 yards and three touchdowns). West Henderson and tacklers such as Casone Ward (71 tackles) and Tristan Thomas (52.5) are trying to overcome their second 0-9 start in six years.Notes:

Franklin by 28.Pick:

PISGAH (7-2, 4-1) at SMOKY MOUNTAIN (5-4, 3-2)

Pisgah beat North Henderson, 35-6; Smoky Mountain beat Brevard, 31-28.Last week:

Pisgah beat Smoky Mountain, 49-16.Last year:

Mountain offenses are evolving, and quarterbacks like Pisgah senior McKinley Brown (2,004 yards and 21 touchdowns with four interceptions) are ahead of the curve. Brown established a school record for offense in a game (469 yards) last Friday with passing, rushing and receiving yards. He is a 2,000-yard passer for the first time with a receiving corps that includes Jesse Anderson (47 receptions for 743 yards and seven touchdowns), Hunter Wike (31 receptions for 759 yards and 11 touchdowns), Trevor Johnson (21 receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns) and Jesse Martinez (20 receptions for 282 yards and two touchdowns). Vadrey Couch (76.5 tackles), Dylan Hannah (61.5) and Jeff Henson (57) solidify things on defense. Henson and Lucas Hall have each made a team-high four interceptions. Smoky Mountain rallied from a 28-10 halftime deficit last Friday, largely behind the trio of Chace Morgan (1,398 yards, 12 touchdowns), Zeb Speir (1,497 yards and 12 touchdowns with eight interceptions) and Zechariah Carter (36 receptions for 759 yards and 10 touchdowns).Notes:

Pisgah by 14.Pick:

Western Highlands 1-A/2-A MOUNTAIN HERITAGE (5-4, 2-2) at AVERY COUNTY (3-6, 0-4)

Mountain Heritage beat Mitchell, 30-0; Avery County lost to Madison, 28-7.Last week:

Mountain Heritage beat Avery County, 36-28.Last year:

Seconds, anyone? The second and third touchdowns of the season for junior Joey Brown (240 yards, three touchdowns) allowed Mountain Heritage to put up 23 points in the second quarter last Friday. Senior Trevor Robinson (1,094 passing yards, 983 rushing yards and 28 combined touchdowns) is one good scramble away from joining Hendersonville junior Cole Cleary as WHC quarterbacks with 1,000 or more yards in multiple offensive categories. Most of Robinson’s throws have flown in the direction of Jake McClellan (33 receptions for 478 yards and four touchdowns) and Dalton Robinson (15 receptions for 143 yards and six touchdowns), who is also the team’s second-leading rusher with 822 yards and nine touchdowns. Robinson has made 50 tackles on defense, which ranks him third behind Colby Presnell (82) and Issac Allen (53).Notes:

Mountain Heritage by 7.Pick:

MADISON (5-4, 1-3) at MITCHELL (1-8, 0-4)

Madison beat Avery County, 28-7; Mitchell lost to Mountain Heritage, 30-0.Last week:

Madison beat Mitchell, 42-0.Last year:

Touché. Throughout an injury-plagued season for Madison, senior Tyler Hoffman (1,855 yards, 20 touchdowns) is putting a hurting on opponents. In the past two weeks, Hoffman has set school records for career rushing (4,429 yards), single-season rushing (1,855 yards) and single-game rushing (334). Hoffman and Daniel Nash each ran for a pair of touchdowns in the Patriots’ first conference win last Friday. Defensively, Madison has drawn its strength from Nash (120 tackles), Dylan Hilemon (92), Cole Cuthbertson (65) and John Tikhonov (59). Dalton Beaver (82 tackles) continues to do it all for Mitchell. He made 14 tackles in last Friday’s loss to Mountain Heritage.Notes:

Madison by 14.Pick:

Smoky Mountain 1-A CHEROKEE (0-9, 0-4) at ANDREWS (2-7, 1-3)

Cherokee lost to Rosman, 47-26; Andrews lost to Swain County, 56-19.Last week:

Cherokee beat Andrews, 34-23.Last year:

Progress comes in all shapes and sizes. Cherokee’s offense achieved its highest point total of the season (26) last Friday, with quarterbacks Brandon Buchanan and Jason McMillan each throwing a touchdown pass. Channing Lossiah and Matt Lee were on the receiving end. But the result was still the Braves’ 11th consecutive loss, which ties them with West Henderson for the longest active losing streak in WNC. Andrews senior Colin Gillespie (993 yards, eight touchdowns) enjoyed his fifth 100-yard game of the season a week ago. His quarterback, Jacob Moore, passed and ran for a touchdown.Notes:

Andrews by 10.Pick:

HAYESVILLE (4-5, 2-2) at MURPHY (7-2, 4-0)

Hayesville lost to Robbinsville, 48-6; Murphy did not play.Last week:

Murphy beat Hayesville, 55-0.Last year:

The consensus? Every state poll says Murphy and Dalton Kent (964 yards and nine touchdowns with two interceptions) are underdogs for next week’s SMC championship game at Swain County. Time will tell, but the Bulldogs have won seven consecutive games with a healthy rushing attack that finds Kent putting the ball in the bread basket of Deion Johnson (792 yards, 10 touchdowns), Kenton Braswell (728 yards, 15 touchdowns) and Gaige Cox (632 yards, six touchdowns). Tyler Wiley (17 receptions for 305 yards and four touchdowns) has been the top receiver for Murphy, which is No. 9 in this week’s Associated Press 1-A poll and averaging 44.0 points a game. Key defenders for the Bulldogs are Austin Satterfield (113 tackles), Bradley Puccio (90), Malachi Beaver (63) and Ozzie Corrales (63).Notes:

Murphy by 21.Pick:

SWAIN COUNTY (7-2, 4-0) at ROSMAN (3-7, 1-4)

Swain County beat Andrews, 56-19; Rosman beat Cherokee, 47-26.Last week:

Swain County beat Rosman, 55-7.Last year:

Brrr. Cold weather makes it harder for most quarterbacks to throw the ball. Swain County senior Raymius Smith (1,076 yards and 11 touchdowns with three interceptions) is not like most quarterbacks. In frigid conditions, Smith went past 1,000 yards for the third consecutive season last Friday with the fifth-best game (279 yards) in Maroon Devils history. Leading receiver Kobe Toineeta (26 receptions for 389 yards and two touchdowns) has made his first two touchdown catches of the season the past couple weeks. Swain County and Taylor Oros (98 tackles) are an area-best seventh in this week’s Associated Press 1-A poll. Austin Anders (871 yards, 13 touchdowns) and Tanner Green (869 yards, 10 touchdowns) combined for six touchdowns a week ago in Rosman’s first SMC win. Green (70 tackles) and Aaron Newman (45) have been the Tigers’ top tacklers.Notes:

Swain County by 14.Pick:

Nonconference Q. FOUNDATION (1-5) at ROBBINSVILLE (7-2)

Q. Foundation lost to Harrells Christian; Robbinsville beat Hayesville, 48-6.Last week:

Robbinsville beat Q. Foundation, 44-6.Last year:

Robbinsville and Cruz Galaviz (1,301 yards, 21 touchdowns) take a final step outside the Smoky Mountain Conference tonight. Odds are the home fans at Big Oaks Stadium will go home happy — WNC teams are a combined 11-1 against the Q. Foundation since 2008. The Charlotte-based school has lost to Murphy (48-40 on Sept. 6) and Asheville High (34-16 on Sept. 20) this season. Skyler Matheson (136 yards and two touchdowns with one interception) started in place of Dakota Crisp (1,079 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions) again last Friday and scored three touchdowns. A Black Knights defense bolstered by Matheson and Brandon Lee (107 tackles apiece) had four interceptions against Hayesville.Notes:

Robbinsville by 10.Pick:


Christ School beat Hickory Grove, 35-30; Asheville School lost to High Point Christian, 51-6.Last week:

Christ School beat Asheville School, 52-7.Last year:

Have fun collecting enough candles for this birthday cake. From Murphy to Manteo, there is not an older high school football rivalry in North Carolina. South Carolina, either. Asheville School and Christ School first played in 1911, and the Blues lead the series, 50-32-4. An upset Saturday would be a major coup for Asheville School, which appears to be headed for its second winless season in seven years. The Blues are averaging just 11.7 points a game since former coach Roger Harris resigned Oct. 9 — Kyle DePraeter’s 80-yard bomb to Naeem Swinton was their only offense a week ago. Christ School’s Ellis Pace (1,053 yards, nine touchdowns) went over 1,000 yards last Friday and had 260 yards of offense. Landon Archangelo (627 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions) threw his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the season. The Greenies defense continues to be headed up by Jack Bonds (77 tackles), Walker Lanning (58) and Matt Seely (48). As is customary, Saturday’s winner takes the Fayssoux-Arbogast trophy for a full year — it was introduced into the Buncombe County rivalry in 1971 and since then the series count is 20-20-1.Notes:

Christ School by 21.Pick:


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