The Robbinsville Black Knights have one of the great traditions in North Carolina prep football.
They have 13 state championships--their last one 2014 under Coach Dee Walsh. This year the Knights think they could challenge for number 14.
They lost to eventual 1A champ Murphy in the fourth round in 2018 but are excited about another shot at a title.
They have 11 starters returning, including one of the best running backs in the mountains--senior Rylee Anderson. He gained 1,965 yards and 32 touchdowns in his junior season.
He will have help from Lex Hooper, who gained 843 yards and scored 15 TD's. The Black Knights will have a new quarterback as Nathan Collins takes over.
Robbinsville will keep the ball on the ground because of this duo and a strong offensive line.
Coach Walsh, a Robbinsville alum now in his eleventh season as head coach says, "We're young, we're small but we're excited. You know, we got some good kids coming back. Lot of kids who played a lot of football last year will be back, and our linemen are all back and they're a little big bigger and stronger. So we're excited about our opportunity."
Robbinsville kicks off its 2019 season at Smoky Mountain on August 23.