A closer look at three games to pay attention to Friday night to highlight Week 6 of high-school football in Western North Carolina.
Robbinsville (3-1) at Murphy (4-1), 7:30 pm
It’s the first week of Smoky Mountain 1-A Conference play, but this could be the regular-season title game.
The Black Knights have been dominant in their three wins but showed some vulnerability in a 33-8 loss to Christ School.
Murphy, the defending state champ, is ranked No. 4 in the WLOS WNC Top 10 Football Poll. The Bulldogs started the season with an impressive win over Pisgah, played No. 1 Franklin tough and have feasted on a couple of out-of-state lightweights.
Robbinsville has done almost all of its damage on the ground, with sophomore Rylee Anderson (517 yards, 7 touchdowns) leading a unit that has rushed for nearly 1,200 yards in four games.
Murphy has an effective passer in Joey Curry (47-of-67, 738 yards, 12 scores) and features a deep backfield with five runners who have gained between 162 and 315 yards.
Polk County (4-0) at Pisgah (3-2), 7:30 pm
Interesting non-conference matchup between a pair of the most well-coached teams in WNC.
Both are led by talented quarterbacks.
The Wolverines, who seemingly have had an Overholt at quarterback for decades, is getting strong running (375 yards) and passing (399 yards) from Dillon Ov erholt.
Pisgah is enjoying the passing talents of junior Tanner Wike (751 yards, 14 touchdowns).
While the Blac k Bears and coach Brett Chappell have been battle tested against a tough early schedule, this will be the stiffest yet for Bruce Ollis’ Wolverines.
Roberson (1-4, 1-1) at West Henderson (3-1, 1-0), 7 pm
It’s never too early for an important conference game and jockeying for position for a playoff berth, and that’s the focus for both of these Western Mountain Athletic squads.
The Falcons depend on a talented and deep backfield that is averaging 308 yards per game rushing.
Roberson has been effective through the air with quarterback Ty Gossett (79-of-149, 1,016 yards, 10 scores) and on the ground with Shaquille Gist (488 yards rushing, 6 TDs).
The Rams beat West Henderson eight straight years (2005-12); the Falcons’ last win in the series came in 2000.