WNC Football Top Performances, Week 11

There has perhaps never been a season of WNC football with more talented quarterbacks producing so many eye-popping performances, and Week 11 was no exception.  (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

There has perhaps never been a season of WNC football with more talented quarterbacks producing so many eye-popping performances, and Week 11 was no exception. Some of the best from Friday night:


Trey Robinson, Mountain Heritage

In his last regular-season home game, Robinson provided another example of why he will go down as statistically the best football player ever in WNC. Rallying his team from a 14-0 deficit, Robinson produced 377 yards of offense and six touchdowns in a 42-31 win over Polk County.

The senior quarterback rushed 35 times for 335 yards and three scores and completed 3 of 5 passes for 42 yards and three touchdowns.

For his career, Robinson has 11,639 total yards, 7,486 rushing yards and has accounted for 146 touchdowns. All three are records for WNC players.

He also passed the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the season in his ninth game, and now has 2,064 yards and 27 TDs on the ground.

Ty Gossett, Roberson

In a 35-34 loss at Tuscola, the Rams’ junior QB completed 25-of-36 passes for 415 yards and five touchdowns to five different receivers. Shakel Hill caught six passes for 199 yards and a score, and Devin Wiley had a 99-yard TD re caption.

Over 22 games the past two years, Gossett has thrown for 4,462 yards and 43 TDs.

Alex Flinn, Reynolds

The Rockets’ junior quarterback completed 14 of 25 passes for 214 yards and five TDs and also rushed 10 yards for a score in a 57-8 win over West Henderson.

Four different Rockets caught TD passes, including a pair by Bryson Patton.

Joey Curry, Murphy

The Bulldogs’ senior signal caller threw for five touchdowns in three quarters in a 48-20 win over Rosman. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 226 yards, with three scores to Micah Nelson and a pair to Hagan Newton.

Nelson finished with eight catches for 125 yards.

Over three seasons, Curry has thrown for 3,957 yards, with 45 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He has led the team to a 33-7 record and a state 1-A title in that span.

Alex “Bud” Williford, Hendersonville

The Bearcats’ senior quarterback threw for 293 yards, including touchdowns of 34 and 29 yards to Kalin Ensley, and also rushed for a 6-yard run in a 43-0 rout of Brevard.

Tailback Ty’rese Hunt added 129 yards rushing and two TDs.

No one has thrown for more yards and touchdowns the past two seasons than Williford, who has 5,878 passing yards and 58 scores in that span.


Conference Champions

Four schools clinched at least a share of their league regular-season titles, and all four did it without losing a conference game. Each can wrap up outright crowns with wins this week in the final regular-season games.

Reynolds (9-1, 7-0), No. 1 in the WLOS WNC Football Top 10 Poll, maintained control of the Western Mountain Athletic 3-A Conference race with a 57-8 waltz over West Henderson.

The Rockets haven’t lost a conference game or lost to a WNC opponent since midway through the 2014 season.

No. 2 Franklin (10-0, 4-0) toughed out a 17-13 win at Pisgah to stay in control of the Mountain Six Conference.

The Panthers are conference champions for the fifth time in seven years.

No. 3 Mountain Heritage (9-0, 4-0) took home the Western Highlands 2-A/1-A Conference trophy for the third straight year with a 44-31 win over Polk County.

The Cougars have shared the crown the past two years but can win it outright for the first time in 24 seasons by beating Avery County this coming week.

No. 5 Cherokee (10-0, 5-0) got a taste of the Smoky Mountain 1-A Conference championship for the first time since 2007 with a 48-14 win against Hayesville.

The roadblock between the Braves and the outright title is No. 6 Murphy (8-2, 4-1).

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