Beyond the Scoreboard: Top performances Week 7
As always, there were some great efforts in Week 7 of high school football throughout Western North Carolina. Here are some of the best.
Kendrick Weaver, Erwin
The junior transfer from Owen High had moved to receiver after Riley Towles was named the starting quarterback. But when Towles suffered a knee injury, Weaver made a great transition back under center while leading his team to wins the past two weeks.
He accounted for 411 yards of offense and five touchdowns in a 46-21 win over West Henderson. He completed 28-of-35 passes for 364 yards and three scores, and added 47 yards rushing and a pair of TDs.
Simeon Thompson, Erwin
The younger brother of reigning MAC Player of the Year C.J. Thompson, Simeon is carrying on the tradition of talented receivers for the Warriors. He caught 9 passes for 148 yards and had plenty of help from teammates Bryan Anuel (6 catches, 99 yards, one TD) and Trey Martin (6 catches, 92 yards).
Alex Flinn, Reynolds
The Rockets’ junior quarterback continues to put up huge numbers. He completed 19 of 23 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-0 rout of Tuscola. For the season he is 105 of 137 (76 percent) for 1,677 yards and 17 TDs.
Tye Mintz, Cherokee
The Braves’ senior quarterback teamed up with his younger brother Cade to pace a 45-7 win at Swain County. Tye completed 7-of-9 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns – 14 and 86 yards to Cade and 89 yards to Blake Smith.
In addition to four catches for 159 yards, Cade also had a 97-yard kickoff return for another score.
Chase Bennett and Austin Clark, Enka
In a game that featured four runners gaining more than 100 yards rushing and a combined 627 yards on the ground, Enka knocked off North Buncombe 47-23.
Bennett (177 yards, two scores) also passed for 44 yards, while Clark finished with 178 yards and four touchdowns on runs of 33, 22, 20 and 4 yards. The Jets finished with 346 yards on the ground.
The Black Hawks ran for 281 yards, led by Skylar Jutras (142 yards) and Nick Lisenbee (112 yards, 39-yard touchdown).
Corey Clement, Asheville
Playing just the first half of a 51-14 rout of North Henderson, Clement had four scores. He ran into the end zone from 22, 8 and 6 yards out and returned an interception 35 yards for another touchdown. Teammate Three Hillier completed all six of his pass attempts for 149 yards, including TDs of 63 yards to Trevon Robinson and 48 yards to Tristen McAfee.
Nate Coffey, Smoky Mountain
The Mustangs’ talented signal caller completed 19 of 27 passes for 249 yards and three scores in a 59-12 win over Madison.
Coffey had TD tosses of 9 yards to Tristan Kenyon, 8 yards to Emmitt Baldwin and 15 yards to Dustin Stephens.
Joey Curry, Murphy
The Bulldogs’ quarterback was nearly perfect, completing 11 of 12 passes for 194 yards and two scores. He connected with Devonte Murray on a 12-yard touchdown pass and a 48-yarder to Deandre Jackson. Murray rushed three times for 81 yards, including a 66-yard sprint from scrimmage for a TD, and also scored on a 66-yard kickoff return.
The Braves improved to 6-0 and established themselves as a contender for the Smoky Mountain 1-A Conference title with a 45-7 rout at Swain County.
The Jets think they have found their identity as a power running team, and it showed with 346 yards on the ground in a 47-23 win vs. North Buncombe.
Appearing to be in trouble after an 0-3 start, coach David Burdette didn’t panic. He held a team meeting, made some tweaks and the result is a four-game winning streak in which the Cougars have outscored opponents 150-49.
Another reversal of fortunes. The Warriors got off to a 0-4 start under first-year coach Rodney Pruett, but seem to have found their stride the last two weeks, scoring 97 points in back-to-back wins.