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Beyond the Scoreboard: Record book rewritten during 2017 football season

Never before has there been a high school football season in which so many career records were broken in Western North Carolina. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Never before has there been a high school football season in which so many career records were broken in Western North Carolina.

Between mid-August and early December, a new all-time leader in rushing, total offense and touchdown responsibility emerged – and that was the same player.

In fact, the prolific nature of the class of 2018 was such that three players finished among the top four in career yardage of total offense.

That same trio of superstar quarterbacks also finished, 1, 2 and 3 for area players in touchdown responsibility.

Ditto for receiving records, where one player become No. 1 in catches, yards and touchdowns.

And a quarterback moved up to second place among passing leaders, the only major offensive category that didn’t get a new career leader this season.

Leading the charge of record-setters was Mountain Heritage senior quarterback Trey Robinson, who finished as WNC’s all-time leader in rushing (8,532 yards), total offense (12,913 yards) and TD responsibility (170).

This season, he rushed for 3,126 yards and 45 touchdowns, and finished with 3,997 yards of total offense with 58 TDs running and passing.

He passed Owen High’s Jager Gardner (6,955 yards) as the top career rusher, surpassed Erwin’s Damien Ferguson (10,281 yards) in total offense and had already bested Swain’s Heath Shuler (104) for TD responsibility in his junior season.

Hendersonville receiver Tykel Landrum did similar damage to WNC’s receiving records. His four-year totals of 253 receptions, 4,558 receiving yards and 46 TD catches all rank No. 1 all-time.

Landrum, also believed to be WNC’s all-time interception leader with 27, passed Avery’s Josh Johnson (210) in receptions. His total yardage and TDs surpassed Erwin’s Shaquan Currenton (3,219 yards, 38 scores).

Mitchell quarterback Ben Young finished as WNC’s career leader in games played (58, all starts) and his 47-11 record is believed to be the unofficial record for all-time wins by a player.

Young is No. 2 in four career categories – total offense (11,235), TD responsibility (143), passing yardage (7,972) and passing TDs (88). He ranks behind Robinson in total offense and total TDs and trails only Ferguson (9,179 yards, 88 TDs) in the other two categories.

Another QB who posted monster four-year stats was Cherokee’s Tye Mintz. A three-year starter who also played as a freshman, Mintz finished with 10,146 yards of total offense (fourth all-time behind Robinson, Young and Ferguson) and third in TD responsibility with 108 (behind Robinson and Young).

Following are WNC’s all-time leaders in several categories. The numbers come from extensive research and from the N.C. High School Athletic Association record book, but record-keeping is an inexact science from school to school.

The statistics gathered include the records reported by WNC teams, and is open to error.

Anyone who believes they have a record holder not listed is asked to contact Keith Jarrett at keithjarrettasheville@gmail.com or call 828-712-6324.

WNC CAREER LEADERS

RUSHING

  1. Trey Robinson, Mountain Heritage 8,532
  2. Jager Gardner, Owen 6,955
  3. Michael Anagram, E. Henderson 6,792
  4. Derrick Eddington, Erwin/Reynolds 6,657
  5. Manny Deshauteurs, Brevard 6,632
  6. Jeremy Laster, N. Buncombe 5,563
  7. Langston Wood, Cherokee 5,426
  8. Brett Chappell, Rosman 5,296
  9. Willie Harper, Reynolds 5,243
  10. Randy Mosteller, Hayesville 5,220
  11. Travis McCracken, Robbinsville 5,219
  12. Vincent Neclos, Hendersonville 5,199
  13. Johnny White, Asheville High 5,141
  14. Crezdon Butler, Asheville High 5,011
  15. David Singleton, Pisgah 4,902
  16. Terrance Kincaid, McDowell 4,810
  17. Shawn Gibbs, Owen 4,655
  18. Sam Gash, Hendersonville 4,526
  19. De’Von Mills, Roberson 4,493
  20. Carey Metts, Reynolds 4,477

PASSING

  1. Damien Ferguson, Erwin 9,179
  2. Ben Young, Mitchell 7,972
  3. Tyler Brosius, Tuscola 7,895
  4. Austin Brown, Erwin 7,779
  5. Dusty Anderson, Robbinsville 7,682
  6. Zach Jaynes, Pisgah 7,591
  7. Heath Shuler, Swain 7,098
  8. Garrett Brown, Erwin 6,998
  9. Michael Schmidt, Hendersonville 6,923
  10. Alex Williford, Hendersonville 6,800

TOTAL OFFENSE

  1. Trey Robinson, Mountain Heritage 12,913
  2. Ben Young, Mitchell 11,235
  3. Damien Ferguson, Erwin 10,281
  4. Tye Mintz, Cherokee 10,146
  5. Heath Shuler, Swain 9,628
  6. Austin Brown, Erwin 9,260
  7. Zach Jaynes, Pisgah 8,989
  8. Michael Schmidt, Hendersonville 8,540

RECEPTIONS

  1. Tykel Landrum, Hendersonville 253
  2. Josh Johnson, Avery 210
  3. Shaquan Currenton, Erwin 201
  4. Kyle Garland, Robbinsville 183
  5. C.J. Thompson, Erwin 170
  6. Phillip Bohanon, Enka 155
  7. Carl Pickens, Murphy 154

RECEIVING YARDAGE

  1. Tykel Landrum, Hendersonville 4,558
  2. Shaquan Currenton, Erwin 3,219
  3. Josh Johnson, Avery 3,185
  4. Carl Pickens, Murphy 3,066
  5. Kyle Garland, Robbinsville 3,016

TOUCHDOWN RESPONSIBILITY

  1. Trey Robinson, Mountain Heritage 170
  2. Ben Young, Mitchell 143
  3. Tye Mintz, Cherokee 108
  4. Heath Shuler, Swain 104
  5. Damien Ferguson, Erwin 103
  6. Alex Williford, Hendersonville 94
  7. Michael Schmidt, Hendersonville 86

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