Unless noted, all kickoffs are at 7:30 p.m.
CHEROKEE (3-1) at SMOKY MOUNTAIN (3-0), 7 p.m.
Last week: Cherokee beat Cosby (Tenn.), 42-0; Smoky Mountain did not play.
Last year: Cherokee beat Smoky Mountain, 32-24.
Notes: New coach, new field, new lease on life. Smoky Mountain and senior Matthew Ridley (597 yards, five touchdowns) make their live TV debut Thursday with a chance to showcase not only the Jackson County program’s best start in nine years and a freshly-sewn $915,000 artificial turf field, but Western North Carolina’s top rusher. Cole Hooper (492 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions has fed the ball to Ridley, along with tossing it around to Austin Baumgarner (11 receptions for 186 yards and one touchdown), Tristen Kenyon (11 receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown) and Tyler Waliezer (six receptions for 40 yards). Kyle Bradley (23), Connor Moore (22) and Michael Ashe (20) have all made 20 or more tackles for first-year coach Chris Brookshire. Cherokee’s best start to a football season in seven years has something else that hasn’t been seen in a while — a shutout. Gary Teesateskie (eight), Anthony Toineeta (seven), Holden Straughan (five), Isaiah Armachain (five) and Steven Meuse (five) were the leading tacklers a week ago. The Braves had not held an opponent scoreless since 2011. Tye Mintz (615 passing yards, 164 rushing yards and five combined touchdowns) can make use of three receivers with double-digit catches – Shane Swimmer (11 receptions for 133 yards), Cade Mintz (10 receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns) and Holden Straughan (10 receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown). Gary Teestateskie and Dawson Wilnoty share the team lead in tackles (7.0 per game), followed by Tooineta (6.5), Straughan (5.8) and Byron Locust (5.5). Cherokee and Murphy (3-1) are the only two Smoky Mountain Conference teams with a winning record. Thursday’s game will be broadcast by WMYA-TV (40).
Pick: Smoky Mountain by 1.
ERWIN (1-3) at FRANKLIN (2-1)
Last week: Erwin lost to Science Hill (Tenn.), 54-34; Franklin beat Swain County, 45-7.
Last year: Erwin beat Franklin, 40-35.
Notes: Franklin coach Josh Brooks is on the record as saying his team plays “simple, boring football.” Whatever works. Brooks (98 career wins) is on the verge of becoming the first-ever Panthers coach to win 100 football games and no one can argue with the longest active conference-championship winning streak in WNC (three years and counting for Franklin in the WNC Athletic Conference). Ball-control will meet a completely different philosophy Friday when the Panthers welcome Erwin to the Panther Pit. The Panthers have outscored Murphy and Swain County by a combined margin of 87-14 the past two weeks. And they are more multi-dimensional than usual with Andrew Moore (392 yards and one touchdowns with one interception) giving handoffs to Brock Kloeppel (469 yards, eight touchdowns) and Grant Stiles (198 yards, two touchdowns). Jordin Nugent (14 receptions for 156 yards) and Bailey Watts (12 receptions for 159 yards) have double-digit catches. Dillon Daves (5.3 tackles per game), David Ramey (5.0), Ethan McCall (4.7), Byron Shields (4.5), Grant Vanhook (4.3) are all averaging four or more tackles a night for the defense. Say what you want after three straight losses for Erwin, but senior Damien Ferguson (1,458 yards and 15 touchdowns with five interceptions) is now rubbing shoulder pads with some of the best quarterbacks that WNC has ever produced. Only six mountain players have thrown for 7,000 or more career yards and Ferguson (7,048) is one of them after last Friday. The other five WNC quarterbacks to pass for more than 7,000 career yards are Tuscola graduate Tyler Brosius (7,895), Erwin grad Austin Brown (7,779), Robbinsville grad Dusty Anderson (7,682), Pisgah grad Zack Jaynes (7,591) and Swain County grad Heath Shuler (7,098). C.J. Thompson (33 receptions for 491 yards and six touchdowns) has taken over the area lead in receiving and other valued options for the Erwin offense are Trey Martin (24 receptions for 324 yards and four touchdowns), Kealin Goode (242 receptions for 252 yards and three touchdowns) and Isaiah Poore (20 receptions for 266 yards and one touchdown). Poore is a junior who also has the most rushing yardage (194) and rushing touchdowns (four) for the Warriors. Chris McDonald (7.8 tackles per game) and Kendell Dover (7.0) have anchored the defense.
Pick: Franklin by 1.
ENKA (1-3) at BREVARD (2-1)
Last week: Enka beat Hayesville, 39-20; Brevard lost to Madison, 47-44.
Last year: Brevard beat Enka, 31-14.
Notes: Tanner Ellenberger and Brevard have been turning back the clock this season. It’s high time for a home win. The Blue Devils had their heart ripped out a week ago. Ellenberger (438 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions) threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, but the Transylvania County team was unable to protect a 31-14 halftime lead and Madison scored the game-winning touchdown as time expired. Ellenberger has emerged as the top passer in the WNC Athletic Conference during the Blue Devils’ first 2-1 start since 2009. And he has done so with the help of Ari Williams (10 receptions for 208 yards and four touchdowns) and Lane Pressley (seven receptions for 150 yards and three touchdowns). Ellenberger is also the Blue Devils’ second-leading rusher (189 yards, three touchdowns) behind fellow senior Tanner Pettit (283 yards, three touchdowns). Enka and Avery Holbrook (397 passing yards, 208 rushing yards and seven combined touchdowns) shed a 13-game losing streak a week ago at Hayesville. Holbrook had a hand in four touchdowns. Will Redmon (six receptions for 119 yards and three touchdowns) snared a pair pf touchdown catches and booted three extra points. Austin Clark and Bryson Allen added touchdown runs. Redmon is actually third on the team in receiving behind Chase Bennett (eight receptions for 55 yards) and Seth Phillips (seven receptions for 50 yards). On the other side of the ball, the most active players for the Jets defense are Joe Brown (9.5 tackles per game), Zane Turner (8.3), Walker Brown (7.0), Bennett (5.3), Taylor (4.5) and Holbrook (4.5).
Pick: Brevard by 7.
MITCHELL (4-0) at NORTH BUNCOMBE (0-4)
Last week: Mitchell beat McDowell, 32-0; North Buncombe lost to West Henderson, 38-14.
Last year: Mitchell beat North Buncombe, 61-28.
Notes: Sizing up contenders in the Western Highlands Conference? Defense is where Mitchell measures up best. The Mountaineers have only given up six points all season – a touchdown in the team’s season-opening 20-6 home win over West Wilkes on Aug. 19. Leading tacklers for the defending 1-AA Western Regional champions are Ben Robinson (6.3 per game), Jacob Yelton (6.3), Trevor Self (5.5), Jesse Pressley (5.0), Alex McKinney (4.8) and Landon Miller (4.3). Overall, the Mountaineers have outscored opponents, 107-13. Seven of those 13 points came on a kick return. Ben Young (601 passing yards, 191 rushing yards and nine combined touchdowns), threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns last Friday, both of which were caught by Brody Smith (15 receptions for 313 yards and four touchdowns). Other threats when the ball is in the air for Mitchell are Alex McKinney (eight receptions for 137 yards and one touchdown) and Jesse Pitman (seven receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown). Injuries have forced North Buncombe to use three different quarterbacks – Connor Davis (148 yards and no touchdowns with four interceptions), Caden Higgins (102 yards and one touchdown with on interception) and Brock Mace (91 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions). Nick Lisenbee (250 yards, four touchdowns) is on pace for the best season of his varsity career while Blake Mathews has pulled in four receptions for 172 yards and one touchdown. Dakota Vosburg and Spencer Buckner are tied for the most tackles (5.0 a night).
Pick: Mitchell by 17.
REYNOLDS (2-2) at HENDERSONVILLE (3-1)
Last week: Reynolds beat Watauga, 45-43; Hendersonville beat North Henderson, 35-10.
Last year: Reynolds beat Hendersonville, 59-36.
Notes: Good programs don’t suffer a hiccup when coaches and players move on. Hendersonville fits that classification. The Bearcats and first-year coach Jim Sosebee have outscored the other three teams in Henderson County, 132-35, for a second Henderson championship in three years. Individually, Alex Williford (857 yards and eight touchdowns with seven interceptions) is a junior on the verge of a 1,000-yard season, and his development as a rookie varsity quarterback has been sped along by Tykel Landrum (22 receptions for 492 yards and four touchdowns), Demetrius Smith (15 receptions for 128 yards and one touchdown) and Leon Cooks (12 receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns). Ty’rese Hunt (247 yards, four touchdowns) is averaging 7.3 yards a carry, while the defense has been buoyed by Blaine Sharpe (8.5 tackles per game), Taerek Daniel (8.0), Shaq Rospel (7.3), Samuel Lucas (6.8), Shawn Pearce (6.0), Landrum (5.8), Korbit Collins (5.8), Cole McMurray (5.5) and Jhon Salguero (5.3). Their concern Friday will be slowing a Rockets offense that has scored 115 points the past two weeks behind Nathan St. Onge (365 rushing yards, 274 passing yards and eight combined touchdowns), Alex Flinn (222 yarrds and one touchdown with two interceptions), Sean Jones (199 yards, two touchdowns), Rmani Lynch (13 receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns and Keyal Talbert (188 rushing yards, 153 receiving yards. Frank Torres (51 tackles) heads up the defense along with Conor Sullivan (46) and Charlie Lehman (39). The Rockets (Mountain Athletic 3-A) and Bearcats (Western Highlands 1-A/2-A) are both defending conference champions. Hendersonville hasn’t hosted a game in this series since 1974.
Pick: Reynolds by 7.
MCDOWELL (2-2) at OWEN (1-2)
Last week: McDowell lost to Mitchell, 32-0; Owen did not play.
Last year: McDowell beat Owen, 56-35.
Notes: Old Fort Mountain is all that stands between two schools who haven’t played as much over the years as you might think. McDowell and Owen resumed this series in 2013. Prior to that, they had not met in football since 1996. The Titans and Ben Ballew (545 yards and four touchdowns with seven interceptions) only had 126 yards of offense a week ago at Mitchell – 44 in the second half. Favorite receivers for Ballew have been Chase Justice (23 receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns), Tyler Banks (11 receptions for 119 yards) and Dakota Effler (11 receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown). Terion Camp (181 yards) and Matthew Moss (122) are first and second in rushing. McDowell’s Andy Morgan and Owen’s Nathan Padgett were formerly assistant coaches together at Roberson. The Warhorses and Kendrick Weaver (360 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions) last touched the field for a 70-12 loss at Reynolds on Sept. 2. Tyler Sexton (10 receptions for 193 yards and three touchdowns) is the most likely outlet for Weaver, while Cyrus Hooper has run for a team-high 147 yards and two touchdowns. When the defense is on the field, Alex Huntsinger (5.3 tackles a game), Hooper (4.7), Sexton (4.7), Antonio McDowell (4.3) and Kaleb Woods (4.0) are usually the ones making the plays.
Pick: McDowell by 1.
ROBERSON (4-0) at SHELBY CREST (2-1)
Last week: Roberson beat Morganton Freedom, 24-18; Crest beat Draughn, 27-0.
Last year: Crest beat Roberson, 38-10.
Notes: Adversity reared its head last week. Roberson and Logan Wells (16.0 tackles per game) smacked it around just like everything else in their path this season. The Rams overcame a five-point halftime deficit to remain the only undefeated team in the Mountain Athletic Conference. Roberson has already surpassed its three wins from 2015 with sophomore Ty Gossett (769 yards and five touchdowns with six interceptions) at the controls of the offense. Micah Jenkins (12 receptions for 268 yards and one touchdown) and Barshia Young (12 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns) have each caught a dozen balls from their young quarterback. Rushing standouts during the Rams’ best start in four years have been Shaquille Gist (145 yards, three touchdowns), LeJuan Rush (125 yards, four touchdowns), Bryson Case (113 yards) and Jerome Pulley (104 yards). Along with Wells, the defense has been carried by Zach Myers (10.8 tackles per game), Greg Johnston (9.3) and Jordan McNeill (8.5). Crest is a two-time defending NCHSAA champion in 3-A (2014) and 3-AA (2015). The Chargers’ 27-12 loss at South Point on Aug. 19 was their first defeat of any kind since 2013.
Pick: Crest by 7.
PISGAH (3-0) at MADISON (3-1)
Last week: Pisgah did not play; Madison beat Brevard, 47-44.
Last year: Pisgah beat Madison, 44-0.
Notes: Friday is as personal as it gets for Madison coach Ben Rhodarmer. Not in a vindictive way though. Rhodarmer is a 1997 Pisgah graduate and left that Haywood County school in April after four years as an assistant to take his first football head-coaching job. Things have worked out great for both parties since the split. Madison and Colby Edwards (733 passing yards, 263 rushing yards and 14 combined touchdowns) have already won more games than they did in either the 2014 or 2015 seasons. And the Black Bears are 3-0 for the first time in six years. The Patriots gave their fans a few heart palpitations last Friday. They rallied back after trailing 31-14 at halftime in Transylvania County. Edwards was at quarterback for the large majority of the night, but his only reception (28 yards) came as time expired for the winning touchdown. Backup Jordan Barker was the player who threw it. Derek Gonzalez (575 yards, four touchdowns) has been a workhorse for the team with his rushing and top receivers are Dawson Coates (21 receptions for 286 yards and four touchdowns) and Elan Littrell (20 receptions for 301 yards and one touchdown). Tackling-wise, the Patriots have fed off of Keegan Foley (10.8 per game), Logan Roberts (9.8), Clark Gray (8.8) and Austin Shelton (8.5). Pisgah and Tanner Wike (349 passing yards, 159 rushing yards and nine combined touchdowns) haven’t played since their 17-14 home win over Asheville on Sept. 1. Trey Morgan (16 receptions for 288 yards and five touchdowns) has 13 more catches than the next-highest player for the Black Bears, while their rushing attack is fueled by Wike, Alabama recruit Michael Parrott (348 yards, two touchdowns) and Isaiah Fisher (135 yards, one touchdown). Five players have made 15 or more tackles – Jeff Albritton (26), Tanner Lanning (23), Houston Rogers (20), Morgan (15) and Riley James (15).
Pick: Pisgah by 10.
MOUNTAIN HERITAGE (4-0) at WEST HENDERSON (2-1)
Last week: Mountain Heritage beat Rosman, 61-16; West Henderson beat North Buncombe, 38-14.
Last year: Mountain Heritage beat West Henderson, 35-16.
Notes: Save the date. Being the team circled on everyone’s calendar has suited Mountain Heritage. The Cougars and Trey Robinson (524 passing yards, 511 rushing yards and 12 combined touchdowns) are winning games by an average of 35.8 points during their best start to a season since 1997. Along with Robinson, leading rushers are Junior Denton (387 yards, four touchdowns), Justin Keener (217 yards, eight touchdowns) and Cole Burleson (129 yards, three touchdowns), who also has made a team-high seven catches for 196 yards and three touchdowns. As of this week, Adam Shuford shares the No. 1 spot in WNC for tackles (16.0 per game), while other key defenders for the Cougars are Dathan Robinson (10.5), Corey Presnell (10.3), Kane McCandless (8.5) and Seth Randolph (8.3). West Henderson will counter with an offense that features Brandon Whitaker (194 rushing yards, 166 passing yards and three combined touchdowns), Peyton Frisbee (213 yards, two touchdowns) and Dalton Cole (three receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown). The Falcons’ defense depends on Trenton Gasperson (8.0 tackles per game), Jake Ogren (7.3), Devin Stepp (6.3), Brandon Lovelace (5.7), Ricky McKenzie (5.3) and Jason Wallace (5.3).
Pick: Mountain Heritage by 14.
SWAIN COUNTY (0-4) at TUSCOLA (3-0)
Last week: Swain County lost to Franklin, 45-7; Tuscola did not play.
Last year: Tuscola beat Swain County, 38-34.
Notes: Alas, we now know the only thing that can prevent Tuscola senior Caleb Ferguson from scoring – a bye week. Ferguson (402 rushing yards and 15 combined touchdowns) still ranks top-10 nationally in touchdown leaders tracked by MaxPreps, but was No. 1 until an open date for the Mountaineers. He lost four fumbles in their last game – a 44-19 win at McDowell on Sept. 2, however made up for it with an equal number of touchdowns. Tuscola is 3-0 for the first time in eight years and has four other players who have run for 100 or more yards – Brent Turner (149), Roman Jenkins (124), Bailee Ewart (114) and quarterback Grayson Perkins (111). The Mountaineers are churning out 300.7 rushing yards per game as a team. The Tuscola defense takes its cues from Taylor Austin (8.3 tackles per game), Jeremy Jacobs (8.0) and Joe Napert (7.3). Swain County is mired in its first 0-4 start since 2007 and one of four winless teams in the Smoky Mountain Conference. Brodie Bowman (510 passing yards, 200 rushing yards and three combined touchdowns) has completed the same number of throws to Seth Parker (15 receptions for 281 yards and one touchdown) and Brier Younce (15 receptions for 183 yards). Other rushing threats are Dylan Smith (170 yards) and Keshaun Beaner (164 yards, four touchdowns). Wren Gunter makes a team-high 7.3 tackles per game, followed by Logan Loftis (5.0) and Will Paul (5.0).
Pick: Tuscola by 21.
AVERY COUNTY (1-3) at NORTH WILKES (2-1)
Last week: Avery County beat Cloudland (Tenn.), 35-34; North Wilkes did not play.
Last year: Avery County beat North Wilkes, 31-14.
Notes: Sometimes the bare minimum is enough. Last week, Avery County senior Christian Hicks’ only touchdown pass was a 1-yarder to Brett Smith with 11 seconds to go in Avery County’s first win. The Vikings also got a rushing touchdown out of their quarterback and one apiece from Sam McColllum and Ethan Johnson. Smith ultimately made four more receptions for a total of 68 yards. North Wilkes has 16 starters back from last year’s 1-10 team, including former 1,000-yard rusher Jarret Grimes (677 yards, seven touchdowns).
Pick: Avery County by 1.
POLK COUNTY (1-3) at EAST HENDERSON (0-3)
Last week: Polk County lost to Landrum (S.C.), 17-14; East Henderson did not play.
Last year: Polk County beat East Henderson, 36-14.
Notes: Punch it in, Polk County. Dillon Overholt (325 passing yards, 308 rushing yards and seven combined touchdowns) and the Wolverines amassed 359 yards of offense last Friday. But the team did not score on four trips inside the Landrum 20-yard line. Two other key rushers for Polk County are Storm Wheeler (174 yards) and Jaymes Wingo (110 yards, one touchdown), while the top receivers are Josh Chupp (eight receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns), Dylan Knighton (five receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown) and Wingo (five receptions for 55 yards). East Henderson has only scored 20 points this season and had 13 of them in its last game (a 69-13 loss at Hendersonville on Sept. 2). Quarterback Preston Owens threw touchdowns passes to Daniel Parker and Zack Adkinson.
Pick: Polk County by 10.
MURPHY (3-1) at GILMER, Ga. (0-3)
Last week: Murphy beat North Georgia Falcons (Ga.), 51-0; Gilmer did not play.
Last year: Murphy beat Gilmer, 35-28.
Notes: Knock on wood, Murphy has side-stepped a lot of the health woes that dogged last year’s team. Not only that, the Bulldogs are getting players like leading tackler Cory Farmer (8.5 a game) back in time for next week’s start to conference play. Farmer missed last Friday’s game with a broken thumb. Without him, the rest of the Murphy defense recorded its second straight shutout with the tackling of players like Adam Powell (8.0 per game), Slade McTaggart (6.3), Cody Cantrell (5.5) and Hunter Shope (4.8). Offensively, the Bulldogs continue to move the chains with Joey Curry (454 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions), Kadrian McRae (179 yards, five touchdowns), Colton Posey (10 receptions for 183 yards and three touchdowns) and Alex Seabolt (five receptions for 74 yards). Gilmer has an enrollment of approximately 1,210 students – compared to 495 for Murphy – and changed coaches after its last game (a 41-14 loss to Cedartown, Ga., on Sept. 2).
Pick: Murphy by 7.
FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. (1-2) at ANDREWS (1-3)
Last week: Fannin County lost to Chestatee (Ga.), 20-10; Andrews lost to Union County (Ga.), 45-20.
Last year: The two teams did not play.
Notes: Lets put the “advantage” back in homefield advantage. Andrews is 0-3 at home this season, but looks to have a winnable game on its hands Friday. Matt Barton (190 passing yards, 73 rushing yards and three combined touchdowns) scored on a pair of quarterback keepers last Friday. Taylor Parker (277 yards, three touchdowns) and Andrew Horton (157 yards) rank first and second in rushing for the Wildcats. Kylan Thompson (six receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown) has been Barton’s favorite receiver.
Pick: Fannin County by 7.
TRINITY ACADEMY, Tenn. (2-2) at ROSMAN (0-3)
Last week: Trinity Academy lost to Statesville Christian, 34-13; Rosman lost to Mountain Heritage, 61-16.
Last year: The two teams did not play.
Notes: No shame in being 0-3. Not when you’ve played Rosman’s schedule. The Tigers and Neil Tesnow (6.0 tackles per game) lost a week ago to undefeated Mountain Heritage and have also matched wits with a pair of one-loss teams – Brevard and Madison. Rosman’s offense has been more balanced than recent seasons with sophomore Luke Stewart (204 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions) at quarterback. He gives handoffs to Tanner Whitman (164 yards, two touchdowns) and Jonathan Holliday (102 yards, two touchdowns). Harper Reese (seven receptions for 35 yards) heads up the receiving corps and is someone to look out for on defense as well with 5.3 tackles a night. Other notables are Samuel Chappell (4.7), Christopher Daves (4.3) and Will Partin (4.3). These two teams will play Friday in Transylvania County and again Oct. 28 in Gray, Tenn.
Pick: Rosman by 1.
ROBBINSVILLE (0-3) at RABUN GAP, Ga. (1-2), 4:30 p.m.
Last week: Robbinsville lost to Christ School, 31-7; Rabun Gap lost to Anderson (S.C.) Cavaliers, 28-0.
Last year: Robbinsville beat Rabun Gap, 36-22.
Notes: No two seasons are alike. Plymouth and Robbinsville squared off in December’s NCHSAA 1-A championship game (a 28-20 win for the eastern North Carolina team) and both sides are 0-3 a year later. The Black Knights and Alex Bridges (209 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions) will try to apply a tourniquet Friday. Colby Hemphill (303 yards, five touchdowns) and Ian Wiggins (235 yards) have accounted for the large majority of the team’s 605 rushing yards. Elijah Wachacha averages 8.0 tackles per game, followed by Landon Orr (6.0), Chandler Jumper (6.0) and Issiah Bradley (5.0). Rabun Gap is coached by Dale Earnhardt, who went 33-37 in seven seasons at Asheville School before resigning in 2007. Eagles sophomore Viljami Rautavirta (247 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions) is the main weapon for the NCISAA team.
Pick: Robbinsville by 1.
ASHEVILLE SCHOOL (2-0) at CAMDEN MILITARY ACADEMY, S.C. (0-2), 4 p.m.
Last week: Asheville School beat Asheville Saints, 41-22; Camden Military lost to Sandhills Titans, 35-0.
Last year: The two teams did not play.
Notes: Drop back and throw or tuck and run. Asheville School junior Ahmad Galimore (148 yards and two touchdowns with one interception) has shown a proclivity for both as he feels his way through things as a first-year starting quarterback. The Blues are 2-0 for the second time in three years after Gallimore ran for a two touchdowns and passed for a third last Friday. Rashad Morrison (three receptions for 31 yards and one touchdown) caught his first touchdown a week ago, while Fisher Howard (168 yards, two touchdowns) also found paydirt. J.P. Schill (6.5 tackles per game) had an interception return for six points. Other leading tacklers for Asheville School are Chris Amoroso (5.0), Howard and Paul Hill (4.5).
Pick: Asheville School by 7.
NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN (3-0) at CHRIST SCHOOL (2-1), 7 p.m.
Last week: Northside Christian did not play; Christ School beat Robbinsville, 31-7.
Last year: The two teams did not play.
Notes: Give him some time and Drew Johnson will give you some yards. The Christ School senior has thrown for 3,627 yards in two years and the current offensive line for Johnson (910 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions) has just one senior – left tackle Noah Gminski. The rest of the blockers are a group made up by Chester Zhao, Larry Johnson, Talon Hensley and Jonathan Harris. Receivers most likely to catch a pass from Johnson are Keyvaun Cobb (21 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns), Jared Letman-Gash (14 receptions for 169 yards and five touchdowns), Kevin Snyder (12 receptions for 87 yards) and Kokayi Cobb (10 receptions for 84 yards). The Greenies have 301 team rushing yards for the season and Kokayi Cobb has provided 138 of them to go along with two touchdowns. Seth Griswold sets the tone for the defense with 8.3 tackles per game, while other names to know are Sage Holley (6.0), Tyler Redmond (5.7), Carson Jones (5.0), Banks Campbell (4.7) and Ross Oakley (4.3).
Pick: Christ School by 3.