No changes after all nine teams that played Friday night came away with victories. Regular-season wraps up with next week’s games, then on to the playoffs.
1. Reynolds (9-1, 7-0)
The Rockets clinched at least a share of the Western Mountain Athletic 3-A Conference regular-season title with a 57-8 romp over West Henderson. A win at Roberson would give the program its 16th undefeated regular season in conference play in the past 32 seasons.
Last week’s ranking – No. 1
Friday’s game – at Roberson
2. Franklin (10-0, 4-0)
WNC’s best grinders took a 17-13 win at a tough place to play at Pisgah, setting up the chance to claim the outright Mountain Six Conference crown.
Last week’s ranking – No. 2
Friday’s game – at Smoky Mountain
3. Mountain Heritage (9-0, 4-0)
Clinching at least a share of their third straight Western Highlands 2-A Conference crown with a 42-31 win over Polk County, the Cougars are one win away from the program’s first outright league title since 1993.
Last week’s ranking – No. 3
Friday’s Game – at Avery County
4. Mitchell (9-1, 3-1)
Though official records aren’t kept on this statistic, Mountaineers’ senior quarterback Ben Young’s 44 career wins as a starter is believed to be a WNC record.
Last week’s ranking – No. 4
Friday’s game – at Owen
5. Cherokee (10-0, 5-0)
A 38-14 waltz over Hayesville clinched at least a share of the Braves’ first Smoky Mountain Conference title since 2007. A win in the regular-season finale would claim the outright crown.
Last week’s ranking – No. 5
Friday’s Game – home vs. Murphy
6. Murphy (8-2, 4-1)
After dispatching Rosman 48-22, the Bulldogs will play for a chance to tie Cherokee for the Smoky Mountain 1-A Conference regular-season title, which would be their second straight.
Last week’s ranking – No. 6
Friday’s game – at Cherokee
7. Christ School (7-1)
The Greenies wrap up regular-season play Saturday with their rivalry game with Asheville School. Next up is the NCISAA playoffs, where the program chases its fifth state title game appearance in six years.
Last week’s ranking – No. 7
Next week’s game – First round of the NCISAA playoffs.
8. Hendersonville (7-3, 3-1)
Beware the Bearcats, who may be peaking as November nears. A 43-0 romp over Brevard should be enough to secure second place in the Mountain Six Conference and a strong playoff seeding.
Last week’s ranking – No. 8
Thursday’s game – at East Henderson, 7 pm
9. Asheville High (6-4, 6-1)
The Cougars are heading to the playoffs on a roll, a 35-13 win over North Buncombe their sixth win in the last seven games.
Last week’s ranking – No. 9
Friday’s Game – at West Henderson
10. Tuscola (7-3, 5-2)
A 35-34 squeaker over Roberson sets up a regular-season finale for third place in the Western Mountain Athletic Conference.
Last week’s ranking – No. 10
Friday’s Game – at Erwin