ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) -- It was a crazy opening night of high-school football in WNC, with four of the top 8 teams in the WNC/WLOS.com Top 10 Poll losing.
And it was also an evening of great performances for several teams and players, including:
Caleb Shipman, East Henderson
The Eagles’ receiver/defensive back caught everything thrown his way in a 40-14 win over Rosman. He had 10 receptions for 127 yards and scores of 53 and 35 yards from quarterback Garrett Adkinson (19-of-30, 272 yards, 3 TDs).
He also had two interceptions and a kickoff return for another score.
Christian King, North Buncombe
The Black Hawks’ quarterback had 269 yards of total offense in a surprising 24-21 win at defending state 1A champion Cherokee.
King rushed for 133 yards and a 5-yard touchdown, and completed 13-of-16 passes for 136 yards, including a 57-yard scoring toss Josh Ramirez.
Three Hillier, Asheville
The Cougars showed an impressive passing game in a 37-29 loss at Franklin. A junior quarterback, Hillier completed 23-of-33 passes for 375 yards and three TDs.
Trevon Robinson hauled in 12 passes for 126 yards, and Famous Paisley’s 9-catch, 162-yard night included two TD receptions.
Cade Mintz, Cherokee
In the loss to North Buncombe, the Braves’ junior receiver caught eight passes for 138 yards, including touchdown receptions of 65 and 8 yards from Bobby Crowe (14-of-23, 190 yards).
Mintz also had an 82-yard kickoff return for a score.
Dewayne Cook, Hayesville
In a 55-24 loss to Towns County, Ga., the Yellowjackets’ QB threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 17-of-31 passes, including scoring tosses of 14 and 10 yards to Blake McClure and 33 yards to Jake McTaggert.
Coming off a 1-10 season and a 1-21 record the past two years, the Black Hawks made the long drive to Cherokee and came home with a 24-21 win against the defending state 1A champions.
The Black Hawks limited a high-powered defense to 270 yards, including just 80 on the ground.
Another team coming off a one-win season got 2018 off to a positive start.
The Warhorses piled up more than 300 yards of offense and limited Enka to 175 yards in a 34-7 win.
Owen got touchdowns from four different players and quarterback Audun Meyers had 128 yards of offense.
The Panthers’ pounding ground game finished with 305 yards to key a 37-29 win over Asheville High.
New starters Seth Price (11 carries for 133 yards, two scores) and Tyler Harrison (25 carries, 119 yards, 3 TDs) led the way.
The Falcons’ defense limited Madison to 98 yards of offense in a 58-6 route.
The West offense rushed for 202 yards and got touchdowns from six players. The Falcons got touchdowns from the offense, defense and special teams.
The new No. 1 in the WNC/WLOS.com Top 10 Poll played solid defense in a 15-8 win over No. 3 Murphy.
Sophomore quarterback Corey Griffith led the offense and got two TD runs from Eric Robinson (17 carries, 79 yards) and the defense limited the high-powered Bulldogs to one score.
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