Even in defeat, Erwin senior Damien Ferguson stepped into some hallowed ground last Friday.
Ferguson (522 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions) is believed to be only the second-ever Buncombe County quarterback to pass for more than 6,000 career yards.
Ferguson (6,112 yards) is a three-year starter and two-time Citizen-Times All-WNC selection. He has depended mostly on the hands of Trey Martin (14 receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns), Kealin Goode (12 receptions for 133 yards and three touchdowns), C.J. Thompson (eight receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns) and Isaiah Poore (five receptions for 53 yards) this season.
Poore (114 yards, two touchdowns) and Quentin Smith (84 yards, one touchdown) have fueled the Erwin rushing attack. Chris McDonald (7.5 tackles per game), Simeon Thompson (6.0), Kendell Dover (5.5) and Jackson Gouge (5.0) have been the most active defenders for the Warriors.
Last week’s 58-31 home loss to Mountain Heritage was the most lopsided defeat at the hands of a local team for Erwin since 2009.
The Warriors travels to Ooltewah, Tenn., for Friday’s 7:30 p.m. nonconference game.
Ooltewah is an eastern Tennessee school about 200 miles away that beat the Warriors, 48-7, in 2015. Ooltewah is coached by Mac Bryan, who went 4-7 in his only season at Enka (2009) before resigning.