In a wild night in which four teams in the News 13 WNC Football Top 10 Poll lost, these are the players and teams that stood out:
Kalin Ensley, Hendersonville
The Bearcats’ junior receiver caught five passes for 168 yards and two scores, including a 93-yard reception and a 32-yard TD with 51 seconds left to tie the score at 29-29 vs. Pisgah. Then he grabbed a blocked field-goal attempt and raced in for the winning score on the final play of the game for a 35-29 victory.
Kendrick Weaver, Erwin
The Warriors’ junior quarterback had 324 yards of offense in a 41-0 shutout of Enka. He completed 8-of-18 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 79 yards and a score. Erwin has won four straight games since Weaver became the quarterback.
Alex Flinn, Reynolds
The Rockets’ junior quarterback continued his incredible season of yardage and accuracy. He was 17-of-21 for 220 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-14 win over North Buncombe. For the season, Flinn’s video-game numbers include 149 of 191 passing (77 percent) for 2,127 yards and 24 TDs.
Trey Robinson, Mountain Heritage
The Cougars’ senior signal caller became the first WNC player in history to surpass 11,000 total yards of offense and the first to clear the 7,000-yard mark in career rushing in a 57-12 romp over Madison. He ran for 183 yards and a score and passed for 119 yards in two scores to up his four-year totals to 11,262 total yards and 7,151 yards on the ground.
Brock Kloeppel, Franklin
The Panthers’ bulldozer of a running back ran 17 times for 236 yards and five scores in a 42-0 rout of East Henderson. He had scores of 65, 54, 14, 12 and 6 yards. In 20 games over two seasons, Kloeppel has rushed for 2,851 yards and 47 TDs.
WNC’s longest losing streak came to an end after 16 straight defeats with a 35-10 win over Avery County. Quarterback Auden Meyers threw for 139 yards and TDs to Ty Davidson, Frank Walsh and Trent Smith, and the ground game produced two 100-yard rushers, Antonio McDowell (118 yards) and Kristian Michels (110).
The Maroon Devils (5-4, 4-1) struggled early but have won three straight and four of their last five after surprising defending state champion Murphy 29-27. Swain now leads the all-time series 38-34.
The Braves improved to 9-0, 4-0 and took over solo first place in the Smoky Mountain 1-A Conference with a gritty 18-9 win over Robbinsville. The defense limited the Knights to three field goals; a SMC showdown at home vs. Murphy is Nov. 3.