Three weeks in and the magic is still flowing out at Mitchell.
And don’t forget about Asheville High, Hayesville and West Henderson.
Western North Carolina still has five undefeated football teams after Friday’s latest round of games.
Mountaineers sophomore Ben Young passed for 171 yards and two touchdowns as his squad eased past visiting Andrews, 49-0.
Tre Carson (34 yards) and Alex McKinney (14) caught the two scores, while Ben Robinson, Dalton Beaver and Cy Thomas ran for touchdowns.
Beaver and Jacob Yelton each made a team-high five tackles in the first shutout of the season for Mitchell, while Todd Self and Peyton Greene added four apiece.
Mitchell has allowed just 13 total points in three games. The Western Highlands Conference program is 3-0 for the second consecutive year but just the third time since 2005.
“It’s a great feeling to be 3-0,” Mountaineers coach Travise Pitman said.
“Our kids have prepared for this ever since we lost at Whiteville (in the second round of the 2014 NCHSAA 1-AA playoffs, 28-0). We knew we had a lot of kids returning, but they’ve bought in by getting in the weight room. They’ve waited for this moment and it’s great for Mitchell County.”
Rosman is 3-0 for the first time in 14 years after Friday’s 37-7 road win over Madison.
Tanner Green (176) and Gage Orr (136) combined for 312 of the team’s 453 rushing yards.
Not only that, the Tigers showed they could throw.
Orr’s 27-yard halfback pass to Tanner Green came at the 5:28 mark of the first quarter Friday in Marshall. It was the first passing touchdown of the season for the Tigers, who came into the nonconference game with just three attempts all season.
Orr also caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Neil Tesnow in the second quarter and ran for a 50-yard score. Green found the end zone on runs of 27, 32 and 73 yards.
Rosman’s defense only allowed 27 yards in the first half. Green, Tesnow and Ethan Shook all came into Friday averaging a team-high 5.0 tackles per game.
“It feels good to be 3-0. These kids are playing so hard,” Rosman coach Freddie Whitman said.
“They’re a real loosey, goosey bunch. Back when I played, I’d be sitting off in a dark corner by myself listening to music (to get ready for a game). But that’s not how this group is and that’s OK.”
Asheville also improved to 3-0 with Friday’s 27-9 home win over Pisgah, while Hayesville (2-0) and West Henderson (2-0) had bye weeks. Asheville School’s season opener with the Asheville Saints was postponed by lightning and rescheduled for Monday at 4:30 p.m. (at Asheville School).
Conference play for most WNC football teams begins either Sept. 18 or Sept. 25 and the end of the NCHSAA regular season is Nov. 6. The NCISAA playoffs begin that same night.