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Beyond the Scoreboard: Who are WNC’s top football programs over the past 10 years?

WNC's top football programs
Quarterback Alex Flinn has helped Reynolds be WNC's No. 2 football program in total wins the past 10 seasons. (Photo credit: Flinn)

It should come as no surprise whatsoever that the football coach with the most wins in the history of WNC high-school football also has the area’s most successful program over the past 10 years.

One of the reasons coach David Gentry is just seven wins away from 400 is the amazing run his program has been on since 2008.

As we prepare for the start of the 2018 season next week, WLOS.com took a look at all 34 WNC schools over the past 10 years and listed them first to last based on winning percentage.

Gentry (393-192 mark in 47 seasons, .671) has led Murphy to seven state titles and a 337-117 record in his 35 seasons with the Bulldogs, and over the most recent 10 seasons the program is 119-29 (.804), the only area program that has won 80 percent of its games over that span.

Averaging nearly 12 wins a year from 2008-2017 has allowed Gentry to pile up career wins at an impressive pace.

Under coach Shane Laws, Reynolds is second in the list of top programs, posting a 104-32 record (.764) over 10 seasons.

Three other teams have won more than 70 percent of their games over 10 years – No. 3 Franklin (96-33, .744) under coach Josh Brooks, No. 4 Asheville High (92-33, .736) with recently retired coach Danny Wilkins getting most of those wins, and No. 5 Robbinsville (97-35, .734) under veteran coach Dee Walsh.

Nine more programs are over .500 over the past 10 seasons, leaving 20 schools who have lost more than they have won over that time span.

At the bottom of the list is a pair of struggling Buncombe County programs with identical records. Enka and North Buncombe are 28-85 (.247) since 2008.

Two conferences have three schools in WNC’s Top 10, including the Smoky Mountain 1A, which boats Murphy, Robbinsville and Swain (97-42, .697) in the top six.

The Western Mountain Athletic Conference is represented by Reynolds, Asheville High and No. 10 Erwin (81-42, .658).

Murphy and Reynolds also rank 1-2 in conference records the past 10 years – the Bulldogs are 52-8 (.866), while Reynolds is right behind at 51-9 (.850).

A trend among the top programs is consistency in head coaches.

Each of the top seven programs in winning percentage have had the same head coach for most if not all of the previous 10 seasons, with No. 1 Murphy, No. 2 Reynolds, No. 3 Franklin, No. 5 Robbinsville and Mountain Heritage (90-39, .697, tied for sixth with Swain) all having just one coach the entire time span.

And the right coach can create major changes in a school’s fortunes. Mitchell was 29-46 (.386) from 2008-2013 but is 47-11 (.810) since Travise Pitman became head coach in 2014.

Christ School was 14-18 from 2008-10 before Mark Moroz took over, but he posted a 63-17 record over the next seven seasons.

Conversely, losing a great coach can devastate a program. Owen was 49-37 (.569) from 2008-2014 under Kenny Ford, who won 230 games and 14 conference titles in 29 seasons with the Warhorses before retiring following the 2015 season.

Since Ford left, Owen is 3-27 the past three years.

Some of the struggles of Enka and North Buncombe could be traced to the fact that the Jets have had four head coaches over 10 seasons and the Black Hawks have had three different leaders in that span.

Below is the top to bottom list of WNC’s 34 high-school football programs from 2008-2017, followed by each school’s conference and overall record each season in alphabetical order.

WNC Football Records 2008-2017

1. Murphy 119-29 (.804)
2. Reynolds 104-32 (.764)
3. Franklin 96-33 (.744)
4. Asheville High 92-33 (.736)
5. Robbinsville 97-35 (.734)
6. (tie) Mountain Heritage 90-39 (.697)
6. (tie) Swain 97-42 (.697)
8. Hendersonville 92-41 (.691)
9. Christ School 77-36 (.687)
10. Erwin 81-42 (.658)
11. Polk County 84-44 (.656)
12. Pisgah 82-46 (.640)
13. Tuscola 75-48 (.609)
14. Mitchell 76-57 (.571)
15. Roberson 53-63 (.456)
16. Cherokee 56-68 (.451)
17. Owen 52-64 (.448)
18. East Henderson 53-66 (.445)
19. Asheville School 45-57 (.441)
20. East Rutherford 54-69 (.439)
21. R-S Central 50-66 (.431)
22. West Henderson 44-68 (.392)
23. Madison 44-73 (.376)
24. Brevard 42-75 (.358)
25. Rosman 39-74 (.345)
26. Avery 40-76 (.344)
27. Chase 37-77 (.324)
28. Hayesville 37-80 (.316)
29. Smoky Mountain 36-82 (.305)
30. Andrews 35-86 (.289)
31. North Henderson 30-79 (.275)
32. McDowell 30-84 (.263)
33. (tie) Enka 28-85 (.247)
33. (tie) North Buncombe 28-85 (.247)

WNC Records By School 2008-2017

Season – Overall – Conference

Andrews

  • 2017 – 1-10, 0-6
  • 2016 – 2-10, 1-5
  • 2015 – 6-7, 2-4
  • 2014 – 3-9, 2-4
  • 2013 – 5-8, 3-3
  • 2012 – 2-9, 0-6
  • 2011 – 9-5, 3-3
  • 2010 – 6-7, 2-4
  • 2009 – 1-10, 1-5
  • 2008 – 0-11, 0-6

Totals – 35-86 (.289), 14-46 (.233)

Asheville High

  • 2017 - 7-5 7-1
  • 2016 - 6-6 4-2
  • 2015 – 9-3, 4-2
  • 2014 – 12-2, 6-0
  • 2013 – 10-3, 6-0
  • 2012 – 6-5, 3-3
  • 2011 – 12-1, 6-0
  • 2010 – 10-3, 5-1
  • 2009 – 11-1-1, 6-0
  • 2008 – 9-4, 5-1

Totals – 92-33 (.736), 52-10 (.838)

Asheville School

  • 2017 – 4-7
  • 2016 – 5-4
  • 2015 – 3-7
  • 2014 – 5-4
  • 2013 – 0-9
  • 2012 – 2-8
  • 2011 – 10-3
  • 2010 – 7-4
  • 2009 – 7-3
  • 2008 – 2-8

Totals – 45-57 (.441)

Avery County

  • 2017 – 2-9, 0-5
  • 2016 – 1-5, 3-9
  • 2015 - 1-10, 0-6
  • 2014 – 5-8, 1-5
  • 2013 – 5-8, 1-5
  • 2012 – 3-9, 1-6
  • 2011 – 6-6, 3-4
  • 2010 – 10-4, 4-3
  • 2009 – 5-7, 3-4
  • 2008 – 2-10, 1-5

Totals – 40-76 (.344), 18-52 (.257)

Brevard

  • 2017 – 6-6, 1-4
  • 2016 – 10-3, 6-1
  • 2015 – 2-9, 0-7
  • 2014 – 0-11, 0-7
  • 2013 – 6-6, 4-3
  • 2012 – 0-11, 0-7
  • 2011 – 3-8, 2-5
  • 2010 – 3-9, 2-5
  • 2009 – 6-6, 3-4
  • 2008 – 6-6, 4-1

Totals – 42-75 (.358), 22-44 (.333)

Chase

  • 2017 – 1-10
  • 2016 – 4-7
  • 2015 – 2-9
  • 2014 – 1-10
  • 2013 – 6-5
  • 2012 – 5-6
  • 2011 – 10-4
  • 2010 – 2-9
  • 2009 – 2-9
  • 2008 – 4-8

Totals 37-77 (.324)

Cherokee

  • 2017 – 14-1, 5-1
  • 2016 – 9-5, 4-2
  • 2015 – 4-8, 1-5
  • 2014 – 3-9, 1-5
  • 2013 – 0-11, 0-6
  • 2012 – 3-8, 1-5
  • 2011 – 3-8, 0-6
  • 2010 – 3-9, 0-6
  • 2009 – 6-6, 2-4
  • 2008 – 11-3, 4-2

Totals – 56-68 (.451), 18-42 (.300)

Christ School

  • 2017 – 8-2
  • 2016 – 10-2
  • 2015 – 10-3
  • 2014 – 7-4
  • 2013 – 8-3
  • 2012 – 12-1
  • 2011 – 8-2
  • 2010 – 3-8
  • 2009 – 5-5
  • 2008 – 6-5

Totals – 77-35 (.687)

East Henderson

  • 2017 – 3-8, 1-4
  • 2016 – 0-11, 0-7
  • 2015 – 1-10, 1-6
  • 2014 – 3-8, 3-4
  • 2013 – 1-10, 1-6
  • 2012 – 11-2, 7-0
  • 2011 – 8-4, 6-1
  • 2010 – 10-3, 6-1
  • 2009 – 3-8, 2-5
  • 2008 – 13-2, 5-0

Totals - 53-66 (.445), 32-34 (.484)

East Rutherford

  • 2017 – 7-5
  • 2016 – 4-7
  • 2015 – 5-7
  • 2014 – 6-6
  • 2013 – 4-7
  • 2012 – 7-7
  • 2011- 6-8
  • 2010 – 7-6
  • 2009 – 4-8
  • 2008 – 4-8

Totals – 54-69 (.439)

Enka

  • 2017 – 3-8, 2-6
  • 2016 – 2-9, 1-5
  • 2015 – 1-10, 0-6
  • 2014 – 1-10, 0-6
  • 2013 – 3-8, 3-3
  • 2012 – 5-7, 2-4
  • 2011 – 4-8, 0-6
  • 2010 – 4-8, 3-3
  • 2009 – 4-7, 2-4
  • 2008 – 1-10, 0-6

Totals – 28-85 (.247), 13-49 (.209)

Erwin

  • 2017 – 6-5, 6-2
  • 2016 – 7-6, 4-2
  • 2015 – 7-5, 5-1
  • 2014 – 9-2, 5-1
  • 2013 – 9-2, 5-1
  • 2012 – 8-4, 3-3
  • 2011 – 9-3, 4-2
  • 2010 – 10-4, 4-2
  • 2009 – 8-5, 4-2
  • 2008 – 7-6, 3-3

Totals – 81-42 (.658), 43-19 (.693)

Franklin

  • 2017 – 13-1, 5-0
  • 2016 – 7-6, 4-3
  • 2015 – 10-4, 6-1
  • 2014 – 14-1, 7-0
  • 2013 – 11-1, 7-0
  • 2012 – 8-4, 6-1
  • 2011 – 13-1, 7-0
  • 2010 – 7-5, 4-3
  • 2009 – 10-3, 6-1
  • 2008 - 5-7, 2-4

Totals – 96-33 (.744), 54-13 (.805)

Hayesville

  • 2017 – 3-9, 2-4
  • 2016 – 3-9, 2-4
  • 2015 – 3-8, 0-6
  • 2014 – 2-9, 0-6
  • 2013 – 6-8, 2-4
  • 2012 – 4-7, 3-3
  • 2011 – 4-7, 1-5
  • 2010 – 4-8, 2-4
  • 2009 – 3-8, 3-3
  • 2008 – 5-7, 2-4

Totals – 37-80 (.316), 17-43 (.283

Hendersonville

  • 2017 – 10-4, 4-1
  • 2016 – 10-4, 5-1
  • 2015 – 7-6, 5-1
  • 2014 – 7-5, 3-3
  • 2013 – 5-7, 3-3
  • 2012 – 12-2, 7-0
  • 2011 – 10-3, 6-1
  • 2010 – 7-5, 3-4
  • 2009 – 11-3, 5-2
  • 2008 – 13-2, 6-0

Totals – 92-41 (.691), 47-16 (.746)

Madison

  • 2017 – 4-7, 3-3
  • 2016 – 5-7, 2-4
  • 2015 – 2-9, 2-4
  • 2014 – 2-9, 0-6
  • 2013 – 6-6, 2-4
  • 2012 – 13-2, 6-1
  • 2011 – 5-6, 2-5
  • 2010 – 3-8, 0-7
  • 2009 – 4-8, 2-5
  • 2008 – 0-11, 0-6

Totals – 44-73 (.376), 19-45 (.296)

McDowell

  • 2017 – 2-9, 1-6
  • 2016 – 5-7, 2-4
  • 2015 – 4-8, 1-5
  • 2014 – 2-10, 1-5
  • 2013 – 2-9, 0-6
  • 2012 – 8-4, 3-3
  • 2011 – 3-8, 2-4
  • 2010 – 0-11, 0-6
  • 2009 – 0-11, 0-6
  • 2008 – 4-7, 1-5

Totals – 30-84 (.263), 11-50 (.180)

Mitchell

  • 2017 – 12-2, 4-1
  • 2016 – 13-2, 5-1
  • 2015 – 14-2, 5-1
  • 2014 – 8-5, 3-3
  • 2013 – 1-11, 0-6
  • 2012 – 1-10, 0-7
  • 2011 – 12-2, 6-1
  • 2010 – 8-7, 3-4
  • 2009 – 4-8, 2-5
  • 2008 – 3-8, 2-4

Totals – 76-57 (.571), 32-33 (.492)

Mountain Heritage

  • 2017 – 13-1, 5-0
  • 2016 – 11-2, 5-1
  • 2015 – 11-3, 5-1
  • 2014 – 6-6, 3-3
  • 2013 – 7-5, 4-2
  • 2012 – 4-7, 3-4
  • 2011 – 4-6, 2-5
  • 2010 – 10-3, 6-1
  • 2009 – 13-3, 6-1
  • 2008 – 11-3, 5-1

Totals – 90-39, .697), 44-19 (.698)

Murphy

  • 2017 – 12-3, 5-1
  • 2016 – 15-1, 6-0
  • 2015 – 10-4, 4-2
  • 2014 – 10-4, 5-1
  • 2013 – 13-3, 5-1
  • 2012 – 13-3, 5-1
  • 2011 – 12-4, 5-1
  • 2010 – 13-3, 6-0
  • 2009 – 8-5, 5-1
  • 2008 – 13-1, 6-0

Totals – 119-29 (.804), 52-8 (.866)

North Buncombe

  • 2017 – 1-10, 1-7
  • 2016 – 0-11, 0-6
  • 2015 – 4-7, 3-3
  • 2014 – 7-5, 3-3
  • 2013 – 3-8, 1-5
  • 2012 – 0-11, 0-6
  • 2011 – 1-10, 1-5
  • 2010 – 2-9, 1-5
  • 2009 – 2-9, 1-5
  • 2008 – 8-5, 3-3

Totals – 28-85 (.247), 14-48 (.225)

North Henderson

  • 2017 – 1-9, 0-8
  • 2016 – 3-8, 1-6
  • 2015 – 7-5, 4-3
  • 2014 – 2-9, 2-5
  • 2013 – 4-7, 3-4
  • 2012 – 2-9, 2-5
  • 2011 – 3-7, 2-5
  • 2010 – 3-8, 1-6
  • 2009 – 3-8, 1-6
  • 2008 – 2-9, 0-5

Totals – 30-79 (.275), 16-53 (.231)

Owen

  • 2017 – 1-9, 1-4
  • 2016 – 1-9, 0-6
  • 2015 – 1-9, 1-5
  • 2014 – 12-1, 6-0
  • 2013 – 9-3, 5-1
  • 2012 – 6-7, 4-3
  • 2011 – 4-8, 4-3
  • 2010 – 8-5, 5-2
  • 2009 – 6-6, 4-3
  • 2008 – 4-7, 3-3

Totals – 52-64 (.448), 33-30 (.523)

Pisgah

  • 2017 – 7-6, 2-3
  • 2016 – 12-2, 6-1
  • 2015 – 8-4, 5-2
  • 2014 – 9-4, 6-1
  • 2013 – 10-3, 6-1
  • 2012 – 6-7, 4-3
  • 2011 – 2-8, 2-5
  • 2010 – 10-3, 6-1
  • 2009 – 9-5, 4-3
  • 2008 – 9-4, 3-2

Totals – 82-46 (.640), 44-22 (.667)

Polk County

  • 2017 – 8-5, 3-2
  • 2016 – 5-7, 3-3
  • 2015 – 5-7, 3-3
  • 2014 – 9-4, 5-1
  • 2013 – 9-4, 6-0
  • 2012 – 9-4, 5-2
  • 2011 – 9-4, 5-2
  • 2010 – 12-2, 6-1
  • 2009 – 10-3, 6-1
  • 2008 – 8-4, 4-2

Totals – 84-44 (.656), 46-17 (.730)

Reynolds

  • 2017 – 14-2, 8-0
  • 2016 – 11-3, 6-0
  • 2015 – 11-2, 6-0
  • 2014 – 7-6, 4-2
  • 2013 – 9-5, 4-2
  • 2012 – 9-3, 5-1
  • 2011 – 6-5, 3-3
  • 2010 – 12-2, 6-0
  • 2009 – 14-2, 5-1
  • 2008 – 11-2, 6-0

Totals – 104-28 (.787), 51-9 (.850)

Robbinsville

  • 2017 – 9-5, 3-3
  • 2016 – 4-7, 3-3
  • 2015 – 12-3, 6-0
  • 2014 – 16-0, 6-0
  • 2013 – 9-3, 4-2
  • 2012 – 9-2, 4-2
  • 2011 – 5-6, 3-3
  • 2010 – 10-4, 5-1
  • 2009 – 11-3, 5-1
  • 2008 – 12-2, 5-1

Totals – 97-35 (.734), 44-16 (.733)

Roberson

  • 2017 – 3-8, 3-5
  • 2016 – 8-4, 4-2
  • 2015 – 3-9, 2-4
  • 2014 – 5-7, 2-4
  • 2013 – 4-8, 2-4
  • 2012 – 9-2, 5-1
  • 2011 – 7-4, 5-1
  • 2010 – 4-8, 2-4
  • 2009 – 4-8, 3-3
  • 2008 – 6-5, 3-3

Totals – 53-63 (.456), 31-31 (.500)

Rosman

  • 2017 – 2-10, 1-5
  • 2016 – 2-10, 0-6
  • 2015 – 7-5, 3-3
  • 2014 – 6-7, 3-3
  • 2013 – 3-9, 1-5
  • 2012 – 7-7, 2-4
  • 2011 – 6-7, 3-3
  • 2010 – 3-9, 2-4
  • 2009 – 0-11, 0-6
  • 2008 – 3-9, 1-5

Totals – 39-74 (.345), 16-44 (.266)

R-S Central

  • 2017 – 4-7
  • 2016 – 6-7
  • 2015 – 6-6
  • 2014 – 8-5
  • 2013 – 5-6
  • 2012 – 1-9
  • 2011 – 1-9
  • 2010 – 3-8
  • 2009 – 9-4
  • 2008 – 7-5

Totals – 50-66 (.431)

Smoky Mountain

  • 2017 – 5-7, 2-3
  • 2016 – 7-5, 3-4
  • 2015 – 5-7, 3-4
  • 2014 – 2-10, 1-6
  • 2013 – 3-9, 1-6
  • 2012 – 4-8, 4-3
  • 2011 – 6-7, 4-3
  • 2010 – 1-10, 1-6
  • 2009 – 0-11, 0-7
  • 2008 – 3-8, 2-3

Totals – 36-82 (.305), 21-45 (.318)

Swain

  • 2017 – 8-5, 5-1
  • 2016 – 6-7, 5-1
  • 2015 – 8-5, 5-1
  • 2014 – 11-4, 4-2
  • 2013 – 12-3, 6-0
  • 2012 – 15-1, 6-0
  • 2011 – 15-1, 6-0
  • 2010 – 7-5, 4-2
  • 2009 – 9-4, 5-1
  • 2008 – 6-7, 3-3

Totals – 97-42 (.697), 49-11 (.816)

Tuscola

  • 2017 – 7-5, 5-3
  • 2016 – 11-2, 6-1
  • 2015 – 7-5, 4-3
  • 2014 – 5-7, 4-3
  • 2013 – 8-4, 5-2
  • 2012 – 3-8, 3-4
  • 2011 – 4-8, 4-3
  • 2010 – 7-5, 5-2
  • 2009 – 12-2-1, 7-0
  • 2008 – 11-2, 5-1

Totals – 75-48 (.609), 48-22 (.685)

West Henderson

  • 2017 – 6-5, 4-4
  • 2016 – 4-8, 2-5
  • 2015 – 9-4, 5-2
  • 2014 – 8-5, 5-2
  • 2013 – 1-10, 1-6
  • 2012 – 3-8, 2-5
  • 2011 – 2-9, 1-6
  • 2010 – 4-8, 3-4
  • 2009 – 6-6, 5-2
  • 2008 – 1-10, 1-4

Totals – 44-68 (.392), 29-40 (.420)

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