Here is the capsule for Thursday night’s Asheville-Carver football game. The rest of this week’s Western North Carolina capsules will be posted later Thursday.
ASHEVILLE (4-0) at WINSTON-SALEM CARVER (3-2), 7 p.m.
Last week: Asheville did not play; Carver lost to Statesville, 30-26.
Last year: The two teams did not play.
Notes: How about this for irony? Asheville High and Reggie Battle (556 yards, eight touchdowns) are the longest-running champions in Mountain Athletic Conference football. Ten years and counting. And yet the Cougars are loading up a bus for a two-hour trip to Winston-Salem while league play begins for everyone else this week. Friday’s forecast for significant rain in the Piedmont Triad area is the reason this game was moved up 24 hours. Battle is averaging 139 yards per game behind an offensive line that includes newly-christened South Carolina recruit Pete Leota. Aquila Smith (105 yards, one touchdown), Christian Green (102 yards) and Ahmad Shivers (101 yards, three touchdowns) have also rushed for 100 or more yards for the Cougars. First-year starter Devon Davidson (530 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions) has a completion percentage of 66 with Isaiah Drummond (six receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns), Smith (five receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown) and Shamauri Shivers (four receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown) chasing down his passes. Defensive standouts for Asheville are Christian Green (11.0 tackles per game), Micah Robertson (10.0), Makaius Brewer (7.5), Jose Daniels (7.0), Shamauri Shivers (5.8), Andrew Leota (5.0), Cade Pearson (4.8) and Jake Demetrius (4.5). The only previous meeting between Asheville and Carver was a 2007 NCHSAA playoff game the day after Thanksgiving (the Cougars won in Winston-Salem, 43-20). The Yellow Jackets are the preseason favorite in the Western Piedmont Conference and coached by former NFL receiver Germane Crowell. His son, Germane Crowell Jr., passed for 166 yards last Friday, but Carver blew a 19-point lead in the second half.
Pick: Asheville by 7.