WLOS WNC Top 10 Football Poll: Week 12

Franklin vs Smoky Mountain, 11-03-17

Three teams – Reynolds, Franklin and Mountain Heritage - wrapped up the regular season in impressive style, winning outright conference titles with undefeated records in league play. And Franklin and Mountain Heritage were the only two WNC schools to finish without a loss.

Now 17 local teams are expected to get playoff berths that will be announced Saturday. Visit WLOS.com for the brackets and seedings, and a look at the recent history of postseason success by WNC teams.

1. Reynolds (10-1, 8-0)

A dominant team all season, the Rockets went undefeated through league play for as third straight season by holding off a challenge from Roberson in a 56-27 win. Now the Rockets go after the program’s fourth state title since 1999.

Last week’s ranking – No. 1

Friday’s game – First week of the state playoffs

2. Franklin (11-0, 5-0)

Nobody does the regular season better than the Panthers, who went undefeated prior to the playoffs for the fourth time in seven seasons with a 45-21 win over Smoky Mountain to earn the Mountain Six Conference crown.

Last week’s ranking – No. 2

Friday’s game – First week of the state playoffs

3. Mountain Heritage (10-0, 5-0)

The Cougars won their third straight Western Highlands 2-A Conference title with a 56-7 waltz over Avery. How far can this team go behind superstar quarterback Trey Robinson?

Last week’s ranking – No. 3

Friday’s Game – First week of the state playoffs

4. Mitchell (10-1, 4-1)

The Mountaineers know how to win in November, with seven playoff wins the past two seasons. They are expected to get a first-round bye in the 1-A playoffs.

Last week’s ranking – No. 4

Friday’s game – First-round playoff bye or first-round game

5. Murphy (9-2, 5-1)

An impressive 35-12 win over Cherokee earned the Bulldogs a three-way share of the Smoky Mountain 1-A Conference with the Braves and Swain County. Now coach David Gentry goes after his eighth state title, and second straight.

Last week’s ranking – No. 6

Friday’s game – First round of the state playoffs

6. Cherokee (10-1, 5-1)

The Braves’ dream of a perfect regular season ended with a 35-12 loss to Murphy, but coach Kent Briggs’ squad earned a share of the Smoky Mountain 1-A Conference and has his team in place for a playoff run.

Last week’s ranking – No. 5

Friday’s Game – First round of the playoffs

7. Hendersonville (8-3, 4-1)

The Bearcats are rolling into the playoffs with a four-game winning streak, featuring a big-play offense and a defense that has allowed just seven points in its last two games.

Last week’s ranking – No. 8

Friday’s game – First round of the state playoffs

8. Asheville High (7-4, 7-1)

The still dangerous Cougars’ impressive bounce-back includes wins in seven of their last eight games heading into postseason play.

Last week’s ranking – No. 9

Friday’s Game – First round of the state playoffs

9. Christ School (7-2)

The Greenies ran into a tough draw in the NCISAA Division I playoffs, dropping a 42-6 decision to Charlotte Christian. With a ton of talent coming back at the skill positions, Christ School should be powerful again next season.

Last week’s ranking – No. 7

10. Erwin (6-4, 6-2)

From 0-4 to 6-4 and third place in the Western Mountain Athletic Conference, nobody is on a better roll going into the playoffs. The Warriors took an impressive 51-20 win over Tuscola to earn the third-place finish.

Last week’s ranking – Unranked

Friday’s Game – First round of the playoffs

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