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Beyond the Scoreboard: Final 2017 WNC Football Leaders

Beyond the Scoreboard: Final 2017 WNC Football Leaders (Photo credit:{ }Andrew Hart / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Three quarterbacks threw for more than 3,000 yards, with the leader finishing just shy of 4,000.

A trio of runners gained more than 2,000 yards, one who eclipsed the rare 3,000 mark.

And three pass catchers had more than 1,000 yards receiving, the leader with an even 100 receptions.

And – in sticking with the theme – three tacklers had 150 or more stops.

Some impressive numbers were posted this season, as a study of the final statistical leaders for WNC football in 2017 prove.

Leading the way was Reynolds High quarterback Alex Flinn, a junior who started the season sharing the position with Nathan St. Onge and finished it with one of the best passing seasons in the history of mountain football.

He completed 300-of-447 passes (67 percent) for 3,972 yards, what is believed to be a WNC record. His 40 touchdowns in a season are just shy of Heath Shuler’s local mark of 42, set in the 1990 season.

Alex Williford of Hendersonville (3,381 yards, 34 scores) was over 3,000 yards for a second straight season, and Smoky Mountain’s Nate Coffey (3,053 yards, 26 TDs) was third in WNC passing yardage.

A quarterback was also the area’s top rusher.

Trey Robinson of Mountain Heritage ran for 3,126 yards and 45 TDs in 14 games, capping a career in which he shattered the local record for career rushing yards (8,532).

Averaging more than 14 yards a carry, Christ School junior Sidney Gibbs needed just 143 attempts to run for 2,029 yards and 14 TDs.

Thanks to a strong effort in the playoffs (651 yards on the ground in three game), sophomore Rylee Anderson of Robbinsville also ran for more than 2,000 yards. He finished with 2,019 yards and 18 scores.

And one player was multi-talented enough to finish in the Top 10 in both passing and rushing. Senior quarterback Tye Mintz, who led Cherokee to the state 1A title, had 3,744 total yards in 15 games, finishing fourth in rushing (1,704 yards) and seventh in passing (2,040).

St. Onge made a seamless transition from quarterback to all-purpose star for the Rockets. He had 100 catches for 1,115 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Hendersonville’s dynamic duo of talented wideouts finished second and third in receptions with near identical numbers. Senior Tykel Landrum, WNC’s all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns, had 65 catches for 1,246 yards and seven TDs.

Junior Kalin Ensley was a difference-maker with 63 receptions for 1,258 yards and 19 scores.

On defense, there was a tie at the top for most tackles. Linebackers Frank Torres of Reynolds and Deland Thomas of Rosman had 153 each.

Brevard senior Ethan Shook was a close third with 150.

Following are WNC’s Top 10 in four categories:

Passing

Name - Yards - Att.-Comp. - TDs

  1. Alex Flinn, Reynolds 3,972 300-447 40
  2. Alex Williford, Hendersonville 3,381 190-344 34
  3. Nate Coffey, Smoky Mountain 3,053 221-372 26
  4. Ty Gossett, Robeson 2,528 164-306 26
  5. Joey Curry, Murphy 2,390 144-232 29
  6. Luke Stewart, Rosman 2,122 174-298 15
  7. Tye Mintz, Cherokee 2,040 105-178 18
  8. Ben Young, Mitchell 1,996 117-199 29
  9. Three Hillier, Asheville 1,971 124-237 11
  10. Mitchell Johnson, Brevard 1,889 129-249 21

Rushing

Name - Yards - Attempts - TDs

  1. Trey Robinson, Mountain Heritage 3,126 334 45
  2. Sidney Gibbs, Christ School 2,029 143 14
  3. Rylee Anderson, Robbinsville 2,019 178 18
  4. Tye Mintz, Cherokee 1,704 164 33
  5. Dalthan Robinson, Mtn. Heritage 1,479 208 13
  6. Isaiah Evans, Cherokee 1,429 192 21
  7. Brock Kloeppel, Franklin 1,390 188 21
  8. Clark Gray, Madison 1,387 201 16
  9. Ty’rese Hunt, Hendersonville 1,309 153 17
  10. Nick Lisenbee, North Buncombe 1,285 208 13

Receiving

Name - Receptions - Yardage - TDs

  1. Nathan St. Onge, Reynolds 100 1,115 12
  2. Tykel Landrum, Hendersonville 65 1,246 7
  3. Kalin Ensley, Hendersonville 63 1,258 19
  4. Bryson Patton, Reynolds 62 889 10
  5. Deland Thomas, Rosman 59 757 6
  6. I’dre Bell, Reynolds 54 693 8
  7. Justin Davis, Pisgah 54 979 14
  8. Micah Nelson, Murphy 49 787 9
  9. Cade Mintz, Cherokee 47 1,129 10
  10. Barshia Young, Roberson 45 868 6

Tackles

Name Total tackles

  1. Deland Thomas, Rosman 153
  2. Frank Torres, Reynolds 153
  3. Ethan Shook, Brevard 150
  4. Cory Farmer, Murphy 148
  5. Carrington Houston, Franklin 144
  6. Jonathan Holiday, Rosman 139
  7. Dylan Hayward, Tuscola 137
  8. London Neil, Mountain Heritage 134
  9. Austin Wilson, Polk County 130
  10. Brandon Miller, Polk County 129

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