Trey Robinson, Mountain Heritage
The Cougars’ senior quarterback became WNC’s all-time leader in total offense while leading his team to a 28-22 win over Hendersonville. He rushed 36 times for 194 yards and all four touchdowns and threw for 94 yards to lift his second-ranked team to 5-0. Robinson’s 10,529 total yards surpassed Erwin’s Damien Ferguson (10,281 from 2014-2016).
Robinson’s touchdown responsibility (passing and running) in 44 career games is 131, also a WNC record.
Navy Shuler, Christ School
Here’s how to make a season debut. After missing the first three games with an elbow injury, the son of legendary QB Heath Shuler completed 8-of-10 passes for 286 yards and six scores in a 57-21 rout of SouthLake Christian.
Tanner Wike, Pisgah
Earlier this season, the Bears’ versatile signal-caller threw for six TDs in a win over R-S Central. In a 49-28 win over Polk County, Wike rushed for 182 yards and six scores on runs of 29, 19, 13, 13, 6 and 6 yards.
Christopher Hemphill, East Henderson
It was a good night for quarterbacks. The Eagles’ junior leader ran for 150 yards, including touchdown runs of 20 and 16 yards, and passed for 112 yards in a 38-29 win over Madison. Tailback and teammate Jake Shattuck added 112 yards and three scores on the ground.
Marcus Stamey, Rosman
After rushing for 200 yards total in his first five games, the Tigers’ junior tailback more than doubled that in a 21-19 win over Andrews. Stamey ran 18 times for 207 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown.
Ty Snelson, Madison
A good effort in a losing game for the Patriots’ burly runner, Snelson rushed 23 times for 169 yards, including TD plunges of 5, 2 and 2 yards in a 38-29 loss to East Henderson. Quarterback and teammate C lark Gray continued his great season, with 229 yards of total offense. In five games, Gray has 1,532 yards of total offense.
A battle-tested team through six games, the Bears wrapped up non-conference play with an impressive 49-28 win over previously unbeaten Polk County. At 4-2, coach Brett Chappell’s team appears ready to contend for the Mountain Six 2-A Conference title.
After not being challenged in its first four games, the Cougars were tied 22-22 in the fourth quarter in enemy territory at Hendersonville. With several starters banged up, Heritage bowed its neck and drove for the game-winning score in the final seconds to secure a 28-22 win.
In what has been an up and down season for the traditional 1-A power, the Maroon Devils piled up 287 yards rushing with six different rushers in a 48-7 win over Hayesville. Smoky Mountain Conference play begins with a showdown vs. Cherokee.