Easy week to pick the WNC/WLOS.com Top 10 Poll, with four teams having byes and the other six winning by an average margin of37 points.
No changes this week, but with five teams beginning conference play next week, there could be some changes coming up.
1. Reynolds 6-1, 4-0
The Rockets keep on rolling, with a 37-0 whitewash of Tuscola. After playing seven straight weeks, the team gets a bye before continuing a march toward a fourth straight conference title.
Last week’s rank: No. 1
Next game: Oct. 12 at Asheville
2. Pisgah 5-1
The Bears enjoyed a week off before getting ready for the Mountain 6 Conference opener next week against a familiar face as the opposing head coach – former Pisgah assistant Rickey Brindley.
Last week’s rank: No. 2
Next game: Friday at Smoky Mountain
3.Murphy 5-1, 2-0
The Bulldogs continue their strong play for coach David Gentry, giving the Hall of Famer his 398th career victory with a 42-8 rout of Andrews. The team now gets a bye week before resuming the chase for another Smoky Mountain Conference championship.
Last week’s rank: No. 3
Next game: Oct. 12 at Hayesville
4.Christ School 5-1, 1-0
After a 43-0 domination of undermanned Victory Christian, the question is - are the Greenies this good or is their schedule that soft? The next few conference games should help answer that question.
Last week’s rank: No. 4
Next game: Friday at Rabun Gap
5.Erwin 5-1, 3-1
The Warriors beat West Henderson with ease, their 11th regular-season win in their last 12 games in a streak dating back to the middle of last season. The only loss in that span is to No. 1 Reynolds.
Last week’s rank: No. 5
Next game: Friday at home vs. Roberson
6.East Rutherford 6-0
The Cavaliers were challenged for awhile Friday night before taking care of Polk County 54-21. The team now begins Southwestern 2A Conference play, with challenges against South Point and Shelby later in the week.
Last week’s rank: No. 6
Next game: Friday at home vs. R-S Central
7.Mountain Heritage 4-1
The Cougars have won three straight Western Highlands Conference championships and begin defense of their title next week against their biggest rival and closest pursuer for league honors.
Last week’s rank: No. 7
Next game: Friday at Mitchell
Over the previous three seasons, the Mountaineers were 30-3 in regular-season play. All three losses came against next week’s opponent, in a game that barring a monumental upset will be for the Western Highlands Conference title, even though it is the first week of league play.
Last week’s rank: No. 8
Next game: Friday at home vs. Mountain Heritage
After taking a week off, the Blue Devils begin Mountain Six Conference play against a team that has also surprised a lot of people by starting 5-1.
Last week’s rank: No. 9
Next game: Friday at East Henderson
10.Thomas Jefferson 6-0 , 1-0
The Gryphons opened Southern Piedmont 1A Conference play with a 49-0 blowout of Pine Lake. The team has really not been tested this season, outscoring opponents 280-93.
Last week’s rank: No. 10
Next game: Friday at Community School of Davidson l
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