Mitchell was the only team in last week’s WNC/WLOS.com Top 10 Poll to lose this Friday night, while Pisgah, Brevard and Mountain Heritage opened conference play with impressive victories.
The first look at Week 9 of the poll features the same 10 teams, with a slight change to reflect Mitchell’s defeat.
1. Reynolds 6-1, 4-0
The Rockets took the week off, a well-earned rest for the area’s best team by a wide margin. A possible challenge awaits in their next Western Mountain Athletic Conference game against their rival.
Last week’s rank: No. 1
Next game: Friday at Asheville
2. Pisgah 6-1, 1-0
One of WNC’s top defenses came through again in a Mountain Six Conference clash. For the sixth time this season, the Bears limited a team to 13 points or less to key a 13-8 win over Smoky Mountain.
Last week’s rank: No. 2
Next game: Friday at home vs. East Henderson
3. Murphy 5-1, 2-0
The Bulldogs enjoyed a bye this week, and can now look forward to winning two more games, which will give legendary coach David Gentry 400 victories.
Last week’s rank: No. 3
Next game: Friday at Hayesville
4. Christ School 6-1, 2-0
The Greenies continue to light up the scoreboard, blitzing Rabun Gap, Ga. 66-38 for their fifth straight win. WNC’s most explosive offense is averaging more than 46 points a game.
Last week’s rank: No. 4
Next game: Friday at home vs. Charlotte Latin
5. Erwin 6-1, 4-1
The Warriors’ fourth straight win in Western Mountain Athletic Conference play came with a 49-28 victory over Roberson. Erwin is averaging a shade under 43 points a game.
Last week’s rank: No. 5
Next game: Oct. 19 at Enka
6. East Rutherford 7-0, 1-0
The Cavaliers continue to roll., knocking off country rival R-S Central 48-0. Now the schedule toughens, with upcoming Southwestern 2A Conference games against traditional powers South Point and Shelby.
Last week’s rank: No. 6
Next game: Friday at South Point
7. Mountain Heritage 5-1, 1-0
By beating their next-door neighbor rival Mitchell 24-16 for a fourth straight year Friday night, the Cougars established themselves as the heavy favorite to win a fourth straight Western Highlands Conference championship. The league win was Heritage’s 11th straight over three seasons.
Last week’s rank: No. 7
Next game: Friday at Owen
8. Brevard 6-1, 1-0
The Blue Devils opened Mountain Six Conference play with an impressive 27-0 whitewash of East Henderson. It was Brevard’s sixth straight win.
Last week’s rank: No. 9
Next game: Friday at home vs. Franklin
9. Mitchell 5-2, 0-1
The Mountaineers’ winning streak ended at five games with the loss at home to Mountain Heritage. Mitchell has won 35 of 39 regular-season games since 2015, and four of the defeats are against Heritage.
Last week’s rank: No. 8
Next game: Friday at Madison
10. Thomas Jefferson 7-0, 2-0
The Gryphons continue to roll with a 35-20 win over Community School of Davidson. The program is 62-22 since Jerry Cash took over as coach in 2012.
Last week’s rank: No. 10
Next game: Friday at Highland School of Technology