Hendersonville was on the outside-looking-in last year in the Western Highlands Conference football championship race.
WHC coaches are predicting that will change this fall.
The Bearcats and former Citizen-Times All-WNC quarterback Michael Schmidt are the preseason favorite in the 1-A/2-A league.
This WHC coaches poll was conducted for the N.C. Prep Football News Yearbook, which is available for order through NCPreps.com. More information can be found at this link.
2. Polk County
3. Mountain Heritage
6. Avery County