Week 11, the penultimate week of regular-season play in WNC high-school football, gives four first-place teams who are undefeated in conference play the opportunity to earn at least a share of their league titles with wins on Friday night.
Ranked at the top of the WLOS WNC Football Top 10 Poll, Reynolds (8-1, 6-0) can do no worse than tie for the Western Mountain Athletic 3-A Conference with a home win vs. West Henderson (6-3, 4-2).
The Falcons need an upset to stay alive for a possible playoff berth.
The Rockets won the Mountain Athletic Conference title the past two seasons and haven’t lost a game to a conference or WNC opponent since 2014.
Franklin (9-0, 3-0), No. 2 in the News 13 poll, can earn a piece of the Mountain Six 2-A Conference title with a win at Pisgah (5-4, 1-2).
The Panthers, after finishing fourth in league play last year, are going after their fifth conference title in seven years under veteran coach Josh Brooks.
The hard-luck Bears, who have seen opponents score the winning touchdown in the final seconds of play two straight weeks, could be in danger of missing the postseason.
No. 3 Mountain Heritage (8-0, 3-0) is in good shape to claim a third straight Western Highlands 2-A/1-A league title, and its first outright. The Cougars host Polk County (6-3, 2-1).
No. 5 Cherokee (9-0, 4-0) is chasing its first Smoky Mountain 1-A Conference title since 2007 and can grab a share of the crown by winning at Hayesville (2-7, 1-3). The Braves have won 15 of their last 16 games over the past two seasons.