Week 3: Notable performances of the WNC high school football season

Football Frenzy: RS Central vs. Polk County, 09-01-2017 (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)
RS Central vs. Polk County, 09-01-2017 (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Some notable performances from Week 3 of the WNC high school football season.


Clark Gray, Madison
The junior quarterback rushed 26 times for 348 yards and five touchdowns in a 70-42 win over Rosman. He also completed 7-of-8 passes for 98 yards and a score. He finished with 446 yards of total offense. Gray leads WNC in rushing (596 yards) and total yards (958 yards).

Ty Snelson, Madison
The bruising 225-pound running back complemented Gray by rushing 25 times for 234 yards and three TDs vs. Rosman. He had scoring runs of 3, 12 and 13 yards.

Luke Stewart, Rosman
The Tigers’ quarterback did his best to keep his team in the shootout with Madison. He completed 17-of-33 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns and rushed four times for 38 yards and another score.

Tanner Wike, Pisgah
The junior quarterback completed 15-of-20 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns to key a 30-10 win over rival Tuscola. Receiver Justin Davis caught four passes for 142 yards and two scores.

Nathan St. Onge, Reynolds
The Rockets’ versatile offensive threat caught four passes for 113 yards, including TD receptions of 47 and 42 yards from Alex Flinn, in a 52-0 rout of Owen. St. Onge also scored on a 4-yard run.

Nate Coffey, Smoky Mountain
The Mustangs’ signal caller completed 14-of-22 passes for 273 yards and to help beat North Buncombe 27-22. He connected with Cody Lominac five times for 144 yards and all three scores, including the game winner from 25 yards out in the final minute.

Nick Lisenbee, North Buncombe
The Black Hawks’ tailback rushed 29 times for 217 yards, including touchdown runs of 5, 54 and 65 yards, in the close loss to Smoky Mountain.

Ahmad Galimore, Asheville School
The Blues moved to 2-0 with a 50-24 win over Oakbrook Prep, thanks to Galimore’s 270 yards of offense and four touchdowns. He rushed nine times for 90 yards and two scores, passed for 155 yards and a pair of TDs and also caught a 25-yard pass.

Sidney Gibbs, Christ School
The Greenies’ running back continued his impressive return from a knee injury that caused him to miss last season. Playing just the first half, Gibbs ran 12 times for 265 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-14 win over Heathwood Hall.

Dillon Overholt, Polk County
Collecting four touchdowns and more than 100 yards rushing and passing, the Wolverines’ quarterback paced a 35-14 win over RS Central. He ran 12 times for 112 yards (with touchdowns of 1 and 31 yards) and completed 8-of-13 passes for 110 yards and TD tosses of 8 and 40 yards to Markell Lipscomb.

Mitchell Johnson, Brevard
The Blue Devils’ quarterback accounted for three TDs in a 27-0 shutout of Draughn. He completed 14-of-25 passes for 179 yards, including scores of 10 and 38 yards to Braylen Owens, and also ran for a 19-yard TD.

Quintin Wright, North Henderson
The Knights’ speedster rushed for 175 yards in 25 carries, including a game-deciding 68-yard TD scamper in a 34-28 win over Swain County.


Ranked No. 5 in the WLOS WNC Top 10 Football Poll, the Mountaineers got touchdowns from seven different players in a 60-9 win over Trinity (Tenn.) Academy. Since the middle of the 2014 season, Mitchell is 34-5 under coach Travise Pittman.

In records that go back to 45 years, the Patriots had never scored 70 points in a game, a mark that was established Friday night in a 70-42 win over Rosman.

The previous school record was 68 points in 2009, also vs. Rosman. According to the N.C. High School Athletic Association record book, Madison’s 590 rushing yards was the second-most ever by a WNC school. The local mark of 647 rushing yards in a single game is held by Rosman in a 2003 game vs. Andrews.

Coach Brett Chappell beat rival Tuscola for a fifth straight season, a 30-10 win in Waynesville. The Bears (2-1) have bounced back impressively from a 33-12 loss to Murphy in the opening week.

While the rest of the Buncombe County public schools are a combined 1-15, the Rockets (2-1) continue to dominate. A 52-0 rout of Owen was the 25th straight win over a WNC opponent since the middle of the 2014 season.

North Henderson
With the twin challenges of trying to rebuild a struggling program and moving up to compete in the Western Mountain Athletic Conference this season, first-year coach Zach Wilkins has the speedy Knights off to a 2-1 start after a 34-28 win over Swain County.