WLOS WNC Top 10 Football Poll: Week 10

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WLOS WNC Top 10 Football Poll: Week 10

Surprising losses by a trio of teams causes the biggest poll shake-up of the season.

1. Reynolds (8-1, 6-0)

After three straight shutouts, the Rockets (gasp!) gave up 14 points, but more than covered that with 56 in a rout of North Buncombe that moved them closer to a third straight conference championship.

Last week’s ranking – No. 1

Friday’s game – home vs. West Henderson

2. Franklin (9-0, 3-0)

After a 42-0 romp vs. East Henderson, the Panthers are two wins away from their fourth undefeated regular season in the past seven years under coach Josh Brooks.

Last week’s ranking – No. 2

Friday’s game – at Pisgah

3. Mountain Heritage (8-0, 3-0)

Two wins away from a third straight Western Highlands 2-A Conference regular-season title, the Cougars’ 57-12 win over Madison increased their average winning margin to 36 points a game this season.

Last week’s ranking – No. 3

Friday’s Game – home vs. Polk County

4. Mitchell (8-1, 2-1)

The Mountaineers, 7-2 in the playoffs the past two seasons, look ready for another deep run at a state title after a 25-7 win at Polk County on Thursday night.

Last week’s ranking – No. 6

Friday’s game – home vs. Mitchell

5. Cherokee (9-0, 4-0)

The Braves are alone in first place in the Smoky Mountain Conference after knocking off Robbinsville 18-9.

Last week’s ranking – No. 7

Friday’s Game – at Hayesville

6. Murphy (7-2, 3-1)

The Bulldogs’ surprising 29-27 loss to rival Swain County snapped a nine-game winning streak in Smoky Mountain 1-A Conference play over the past two years.

Last week’s ranking – No. 4

Friday’s game – home vs. Rosman

7. Christ School (7-1)

The Greenies’ 13-game regular-season winning streak that dates back to last season ended with a 42-25 loss to Charlotte Providence Day.

Last week’s ranking – No. 5

Saturday’s Game – at Asheville School

8. Hendersonville (6-3, 2-1)

The cardiac ‘Cats got two TDs from Kalin Ensley in the final 51 seconds, including the return of a blocked field goal on the last play of the game, to beat Pisgah 35-29.

Last week’s ranking – Unranked

Friday’s game – home vs. Brevard

9. Asheville High (5-4, 5-1)

The Cougars enjoyed a week off and appear to be in place to finish second in the Western Mountain Athletic Conference behind Reynolds.

Last week’s ranking – Unranked

Friday’s Game – home vs. North Buncombe

10. Tuscola (6-3, 4-2)

The Mountaineers pounded West Henderson 41-20 to move into a tie for third place with the Falcons in the Western Mountain Athletic Conference.

Last week’s ranking – Unranked

Friday’s Game – home vs. Roberson

In this week: Asheville High, Hendersonville, Tuscola. Out this week: Brevard, West Henderson, Polk County.