Batman had Robin, Babe Ruth had Lou Gehrig, and Western North Carolina has several pairs of talented offensive football players who make up dynamic duos.
Following are some of the top 1-2 punches in high school football.
Alex Flinn and Nathan St. Onge, Reynolds
In terms of total yardage and touchdowns, no duo has done it better than a pair from Reynolds who has selflessly changed positions to help their team.
Last year Nathan St. Onge put up really strong numbers as a quarterback (1,790 yards, 20 touchdowns) while Flinn played as a reserve QB and receiver.
But coach Shane Laws decided the top-ranked team in the WLOS WNC Top 10 Football Poll would be better served if junior Alex Flinn took over under center and St. Onge would be more valuable as a runner/receiver.
The results? Flinn and St. Onge have combined for 2,704 yards of offense and 33 touchdowns. Flinn has thrown for 1,692 yards and 17 touchdowns while completing 77 percent of his passes.
St. Onge has accounted for 16 touchdowns through the air (2), running (7) and receiving (7). He has caught 38 passes for 531 yards, rushed for 227 yards and thrown for 183 yards.
Clark Gray and Ty Snelson, Madison
Right behind the Reynolds’ terrific 1-2 punch is a pair of Patriots.
Junior quarterback Clark Gray is a potent runner (993 yards, 10 scores) and passer (845 yards, five TDs). His 1,838 total yards is the top figure in WNC.
Bullish running back Ty Snelson is a great complement to Gray’s speed, pounding out 709 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and adding 139 yards and a score receiving.
The teammates have combined for 26 TDs and their total yardage of 2,686 is just behind Flinn and St. Onge.
Tye Mintz and Isaiah Evans, Cherokee
Among just four undefeated teams left in the mountains, a major reason the Braves are 6-0 is the play of these two.
Mintz is a dual-threat quarterback (624 yards rushing, 12 TDs, 824 yards passing, nine scores) who also has 32 tackles on defense.
Evans has rushed for 639 yards and found the end zone 10 times in addition to 52 yards receiving.
Together they have produced 2,139 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Luke Stewart and Thomas Collins, Rosman
While the Tigers have struggled to a 2-5 start, it certainly hasn’t been the fault of the team’s top thrower and runner.
And both are underclassmen.
Stewart is the junior who has completed 110 of 177 passes for 1,398 yards and 10 touchdowns and has also rushed for 126 yards and four scores.
Collins is a sophomore who has piled up 635 yards on the ground 635 yards and four TDs and has also caught 8 passes for 77 yards.
Together they have combined for 2,236 yards of offense and 18 touchdowns.
Alex Williford and Tykel Landrum, Hendersonville
Another twosome that together has produced more than 2,000 yards and over 20 TDs.
No one has thrown for more yards and TDS this year and last than Williford. After accumulating 3,398 yards and 36 scores last season, Williford (1,323 yards, 14 TDs) is on a great pace again this year.
And his favorite target last season is also putting up strong numbers again. Coming off a 96-catch, 1,775-yards, 23-TD season, Tykel Landrum has 23 catches for 580 yards and five scores. He also has reached the end zone twice on rushing attempts.
Landrum continues to add to his record-setting totals. He is the WNC career leader in receptions (211) and receiving yardage (3,892).
Nate Coffey and Cyrus Lanning, Smoky Mountain
These teammates passed the 2,000 total-yard line last week while increasing their touchdown responsibility total to 22.
Coffey (110 of 183 for 1,477 yards, 14 touchdowns, two scores and 35 yards rushing) is dangerous through the air, while Lanning (499 yards rushing, six TDs, 18 receiving yards) is a talented runner.
Together they have produced 2,029 yards.
Trey Robinson and Dathan Robinson, Mountain Heritage
The list wouldn’t be complete with WNC’s all-time leader in total yardage.
Trey Robinson (10,514 yards over four seasons) is off to a monster start this season, with 1,112 yards rushing (16 TDs) and 456 yards passing (3 TDs).
Dathan (no relation) is also a talented runner, with 486 yards and five scores on the ground.
Trey, who is also the area’s career leader in touchdown responsibility with 131, is nearing yet another WNC record.
He needs 427 yards to surpass Owen’s Jager Gardner (6,955 yards) as the mountain’s all-time leading rusher.