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Beyond the Scoreboard: 10 WNC teams begin second half with a week off

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Quarterback Alex Flinn will lead Reynolds into a conference showdown Friday night vs. Tuscola. (Photo credit: Flinn)

As the 2018 WNC football regular season begins its second half, several teams will take a week off from competition.

A total of 10 local schools – mostly from the Mountain Six and Western Highlands conferences – will mark the halfway point of the season with byes.

Six weeks down, six weeks to go in the regular season, and the Mountain Six and Western Highlands schools will begin conference play next week.

League play has already started in the Western Mountain Athletic Conference and Smoky Mountain Conference, and a pair of private schools open NCISAA Western Conference action on Friday night.

Christ School (4-1), ranked fourth in the WNC/WLOS.com Top 10 Poll, plays at Victory Christian (0-4). Asheville School (4-1) hosts Hickory Grove Christian (1-4).

No. 1 Reynolds (5-1, 3-0) hosts Tuscola (4-1, 2-0) in a battle for first place in the WMAC. The Rockets look to extend some impressive streaks, wins against WNC opponents (37 straight) and victories vs. conference opponents (27 in a row).

“This will be a good measuring stick for us, to see where we stand,” said Tuscola coach JT Postell, who has his team on a three-game winning streak in his first season in charge of the Mountaineers.

“Reynolds is a strong program year after year and they are a very, very good team. We are going to have to be at our best.”

No. 3 Murphy (4-1, 1-0) opened SMC play with an impressive 27-14 win over Robbinsville. The Bulldogs have a home game against Andrews (2-4, 0-1) in search of coach David Gentry’s 398th career win.

Erwin (4-1, 2-1), ranked fifth, travels to West Henderson (2-3, 0-2). The Warriors have impressive wins against Asheville High and North Buncombe the last two weeks, while the Falcons are smarting after losing to Roberson 41-40 despite rushing for 405 yards.

No. 6 East Rutherford (5-0) wraps up non-conference play at Polk County (1-4). The Cavaliers are averaging 49 points a game and are probably too much for a Wolverines squad that got smoked 54-6 by Pisgah last week.

No. 10 Thomas Jefferson (5-0, 1-0) continues play in the Southern Piedmont 1A Conference at home vs. Pine Lake (3-2, 0-1). The Gryphons have outscored their opponents 231-93.

Four teams in the poll have the week off – No. 2 Pisgah (5-1), No. 7 Mountain Heritage (4-1), No. 8 Mitchell (5-1) and No. 9 Brevard (9-1).

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