Robbinsville preview: Linemen lead Black Knights

Robbinsville preview: Linemen lead Black Knights


Robbinsville preview: Linemen lead Black Knights


ROBBINSVILLE – Robbinsville football coach Dee Walsh is upfront about his team’s biggest strength.

What’s up front.

The defending NCHSAA 1-A champions have all five offensive linemen back from their 16-0 season in 2014.

“We feel good about our chances to compete with those kids returning,” Walsh said. “They got better and grew together last season.”

Austin Hedrick is the headliner. The 6-foot-3, 323-pound senior was the Smoky Mountain Conference Lineman of the Year as an 11th grader. He was also selected to the 1-A all-state and Citizen-Times All-WNC teams.

As a team, the Black Knights rushed for 4,950 yards and 66 touchdowns behind the blocking of Hedrick, as well as junior Case Hooper, senior Toby Hedrick, junior Logan Odom and senior Kadin White.

Incoming quarterback Colton Millsaps sat out much of his junior year with a broken foot but was able to return for the playoff run. Senior Lane Millsaps is expected to take over at tailback, with junior Colby Hemphill returning at fullback.

Senior Paden Welch (11.8 tackles per game in 2014) is back on defense, as are Lane Millsaps (7.7), junior Chandler Jumper (4.6) and Hedrick (4.4).

The Black Knights have had up to 30 players attending workouts this summer. They are No. 5 in the preseason NC­ rankings for NCHSAA 1-A.

“We feel good about what we’ve seen so far,” Walsh said. “There’s no doubt, it’s going to be another real competitive and real tough year in the Smoky Mountain Conference.”

Walsh was the 2014 All-WNC Coach of the Year and has a career record of 112-54. This will be Walsh’s 12th season at his alma mater.

Robbinsville has won more NCHSAA football championships (13) than any program in Western North Carolina.


Conference: Smoky Mountain 1-A.
Coach: Dee Walsh (112-54 career record).
Offense: Multiple veer/Wing-T.
Defense: 4-2.
2014 record: 16-0, 6-0.
Returning starters: 12 (Seven offense, five defense).
Predicted conference finish: Third.


No. | Player | Pos. | Year

1 Reece Postell WR/DB 12

2 Elijah Wachacha QB/LB 10

4 Brannon Trull WR/DB 11

5 Reno Wachacha WR/LB 12

6 Kyler Brooks WR/DB 12

7 Will Crisp WR/DB 10

8 Alex Bridges QB/LB 10

10 Lane Millsaps RB/DB 12

12 Colton Millsaps QB/DB 12

14 Freddie Romero K/LB 10

15 Paden Welch WR/DB 12

20 Tyler Moose WR/DB 11

21 Ian Wiggins RB/LB 10

22 Tank Rattler RB/DB 10

23 Colby Lynn WR/DB 10

24 Dayne Buchanan WR/DB 10

32 Chad McCoy TE/RB 12

33 Jacob Bradley WR/DB 12

44 Colby Hemphill RB/DE 11

50 Cameron Black OL/DL 10

52 Case Hooper OL/DL 11

54 Corbin Nunez OL/DL 11

55 Blake Sawyer OL/DL 10

56 Josiah Phillips OL/DL 10

60 Kyle Ingersoll OL/DL 11

61 Logan Odom OL/DL 11

65 Kadin White OL/DL 12

71 Toby Hedrick OL/DL 12

72 Wess Hooper OL/DL 10

74 Payton Rogers OL/DL 10

77 Austin Hedrick OL/DL 12

80 Brady Lovin WR/DB 11

81 Chandler Jumper WR/DB 11

82 Hunter Orr WR/DB 10

86 Will Hooper WR/DB 11

88 Reece Adams


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