A little shuffling of the WLOS WNC Football Top 10 Poll in Week 2, after No. 1 Reynolds High was handled 29-8 at Shelby, the top-ranked 2-A team in the state.
Consecutive wins at Asheville High and at home vs. defending state 1-A champion Murphy is more than enough to vault Franklin to the top of the rankings
1. Franklin (2-0)
Not many teams could overcome the loss of a 2,000-yard rusher, but coach Josh Brooks’ next man up after RB Brock Kloeppel’s two-game suspension is Grant Stiles, wo rushed for 124 yards and four scores to key the 28-21 win over Murphy.
Last week’s ranking – No. 2
Friday’s game – home vs. Rabun Gap (Ga.)
2. Mountain Heritage (2-0)
Early-season leader for local Player of the Year is quarterback Trey Robinson, who has rushed for 525 yards and seven TDS and passed for 178 yards and a score in two games.
Last week’s ranking – No. 4
Friday’s Game – at Salisbury
3. Reynolds (1-1)
With back-to-back challenging non-conference games behind them, the schedule gets much more local and manageable for the Rockets, Over the past three seasons, coac h Shane Laws has won 24 straight games against WNC opponents.
Last week’s ranking – No. 1
Friday’s game – at Owen
4. Murphy (1-1)
Bulldogs gave up two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the game-winner with 90 seconds left, to lose a tough one at Franklin, 28-21. The defeat ended WNC’s longest winning streak at 15 straight.
Last week’s ranking – No. 3.
Friday’s game – off week.
5. Hendersonville (2-0)
Bearcats needed two touchdowns in the final three minutes to edge West Henderson, the game winner a 1-yard TD pass from Alex Williford to Kalin Ensley with 12 seconds left. In two games, Williford has thrown for 623 yards and six scores in two games.
Last week’s ranking – No. 5
Friday’s Game – home vs. Charlotte Christian
6. Mitchell (2-0)
The Mountaineers piled up 306 yards rushing, led by Ben Robinson (151 yards) and Noah Pittman (84 yards) in a 27-14 win over Cannon School. The Mitchell defense was stout, allowing just 182 total yards.
Last week’s ranking – No. 6
Friday’s game – home vs. Trinity (Tenn.) Academy
7. Christ School
The Greenies enjoyed the week off after opening with a 28-11 win over Christian Academy of Knoxville.
West Shluer, playing against his former team, completed 8-of-11 passes for 66 yards and had 16 tackles in his first game for Christ School.
Last week’s ranking – No. 7
Friday’s Game – home vs. Heathwood Hall (S.C.)
8. Tuscola (1-0)
Coach Tommy Pursley’s team took a week off after a solid 21-14 win at Swain County in the season opener. Home openers don’t get any bigger than this week’s battle against the Mountaineers’ biggest rival.
Last week’s ranking – No. 8
Friday’s game – home vs. Pisgah
9. Pisgah (1-1)
A 35-0 clobbering of Enka included a 401-146 edge in total offense and three TD passes from Tanner Wike. Coach Brett Chappell is 4-0 vs. Tuscola since joining the Bears, one win away from becoming mayor of Canton.
Last week’s ranking – Unranked.
Friday’s Game – at Tuscola.
10. Robbinsville (1-0)
The Black Knights scored on offense, defense (three TDs) and special teams (punt return) in a 61-0 spanking of North Georgia that included allowing just 16 yards of offense.
Last week’s ranking – Unranked.
Thursday’s game – at Enka, 7 p.m. on MY 40.
In this week: Pisgah, Robbinsv ille. Out: Smoky Mountain, Roberson.