Some top performances from Week 4 of the WNC high school football season.
Alex Williford, Hendersonville
The Bearcats’ quarterback completed 16-of-24 passes for 324 yards and five touchdowns in three quarters of play in a 52-13 win over Owen. He has completed 62-of-103 passes for 1,151 yards in four games.
Tykel Landrum, Hendersonville
A great two-way player, Landrum had six catches for 231 yards, including TD receptions of 92 and 50 yards, and broke up three passes as a defensive back. He did all that in the first half.
Kalin Ensley, Hendersonville
A versatile 6-4 junior, Ensley’s four touchdowns vs. Owen included two as a receiver and two as a runner from the Wildcat formation. He caught six passes for 70 yards and ran three times for 20 yards.
Alex Flinn, Reynolds
The Rockets continued to roll, with their QB completing 25-of-30 passes for 355 yards and three TDs. Nathan St. Onge helped with 8 receptions for 101 yards and two scores.
Brock Kloeppel, Franklin
The Panthers’ running back ran 16 times for 154 yards and four scores in a 42-21 win over Swain County. His scoring runs came from 37, 20, 13 and 4 yards.
Grant Styles, Franklin
Leading an offense that that rushed for 424 yards and six scores, Styles had 12 carries for 181 yards, with touchdown jaunts of 52 and 3 yards.
Trey Robinson, Mountain Heritage
The Cougars’ record-setting senior kept up his average of more than 300 yards of total offense per game. He rushed for over 200 yards and three TDs and passed for more than 100 yards and two scores in a 55-0 win over Rosman, playing a little more than the first half.
Tye Mintz, Cherokee
The Braves’ versatile QB completed 9-of-18 passes for 181 yards and two TDs and ran 10 times for 83 yards and two scores in a 34-0 romp over Asheville School. Cade Mintz had four catches for 99 yards, with a 66-yard TD.
Tanner Wike, Pisgah
The Bears’ quarterback accounted for seven TDs in a third straight win, 50-14 over R-S Central. He threw for six scores and 252 yards and rushed for 6 yards for another TD.
Justin Davis, Pisgah
A six-catch, 147-yard night included scoring receptions of 42, 25, 23 and 7 yards. Teammate Cameron Walker had TD receptions of 63 and 4 yards.
Clark Gray, Madison
The Patriots’ dual threat QB amassed 338 yards of total offense in a 42-32 loss to Brevard. He completed 14-of-21 passes for 182 yards, ran 31 times for 144 yards and two scores and caught a 12-yard TD pass.
Grayson Perkins, Tuscola
Keying a bounce back win from a disappointing loss to Pisgah last week, Perkins ran for 96 yards and accounted for five scores, including four rushing touchdowns, in a 55-0 drubbing of Enka.
West Shuler, Christ School
A Robbinsville native, Shuler enjoyed his homecoming to Big Oak Stadium. The Greenies’ QB threw for 139 yards and tossed touchdowns to three different receivers to lead a 34-7 thumping of Robbinsville.
Sam and Van McCollum, Avery
In a 42-36 loss to Cloudland (Tenn.), the Vikings’ talented brothers combined for four scores. Sam caught TD passes for 68 and 53 yards from Van, and Sam also ran into the end zone from 34 and 12 yards. The Vikings have scored 106 points this season and the McCollum brothers have accounted for 98 of them.
Playing without injured quarterback Navy Shuler, the Greenies improved to 3-0 with an impressive 34-7 win at Robbinsville. With West Shuler – Navy’s cousin – under center, tailback Sidney Gibbs rushed for 80 yards and two scores and West threw for three scores.
How’s this for bouncing back? After a 49-point loss at home last week to Charlotte Christian, the Bearcats (3-1) toughened up in practice during the week and responded with a 52-13 rout of Owen.
Speaking of bounce back, the Mountaineers (2-1) responded to a dispiriting loss to rival Pisgah with a 55-0 romp over Enka.
With a 554-64 edge in total offense, the No. 2-ranked team in the WLOS WNC Top 10 poll drummed Rosman 55-0, sitting their starters in the second half.
Coach Kent Briggs’ squad is averaging 40 points per game and getting a lot of production from versatile quarterback Tye Mintz. The Braves are 3-0 this season after a 34-0 shutout of Asheville School and have won 10 of their last 11, a streak that dates back to the middle of last season.