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Beyond the Scoreboard: Great QB play highlights top performances from Week 4

Alex Flinn
Reynolds quarterback Alex Flinn accounted for seven touchdowns in a 56-26 win over Erwin. (Photo credit: Flinn)

What an amazing night for WNC quarterbacks in Week 4, several of whom put up some incredible, video-game type numbers.

Who had the best night? Take your pick.


Navy Shuler, Christ School

His father was one of the top football players ever in the mountains, but Swain County's Heath Shuler never had a night like his son experienced against Robbinsville.

Navy threw for 414 yards and eight touchdowns in a 63-32 win. In four games, he has thrown for 17 touchdowns.

Receivers Ayden White and Kaedin Robinson each had six catches for more than 150 yards and both scored three touchdowns.

Seven of the eight TD tosses were for more than 20 yards.

Alex Flinn, Reynolds

When his team was tested by Erwin, Flinn came up big. The East Carolina recruit had 440 yards of total offense and accounted for seven touchdowns in a 56-26 win.

Flinn completed 20-of-29 passes for 318 yards and five TDs and rushed for 122 yards and two scores.

Sophomore Carter Lindsay had six catches for 91 yards, including three TDs, for the Rockets.

Bobby Crowe, Cherokee

In his first season as a starting QB, Crowe had his best game in a 52-26 win over Asheville School.

The junior completed 14-of-18 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was Blake Smith, whose five catches for 153 yards included scoring receptions of 63 and 48 yards.

Troy Hoilman, Avery County

The Vikings' quarterback completed 13-of-22 passes for 282 yards and four TDs in a 68-30 loss to Cloudland (Tenn.).

Jonas Bowman caught four passes for 133 yards, with TD receptions of 11 and 65 yards.

Bailee Ewart, Tuscola

The Mountaineers' talented tailback ran 22 times for 178 yards, including touchdowns of 1, 3 and 35 yards to key a 42-0 rout of Enka.

T.J. Fink, West Henderson

The Falcons' receiver did all his damage in the second half of a 31-6 loss to North Buncombe.

After quarterback Jordan Geyer failed to complete a pass in the first half, he and Fink hooked up eight times for 126 yards in the final two quarters, including a 22-yard scoring pass.


North Buncombe

The Black Hawks have obviously spent a lot of time in the weight room, as coach Brandon Allen's team looks bigger, stronger and faster than the squads that went a combined 1-21 the past two seasons.

An impressive 31-6 rout of West Henderson put the team at 3-1, with a home game against 0-4 Roberson coming up this week.


Travise Pitman spells his name funny, but he sure can coach. Just four games into his fifth season with the Mountaineers, he reached the 50-win mark last week (against just 12 losses) with a 42-14 romp of McDowell.

East Rutherford

The Cavaliers may have WNC's most electrifying ground game, with 1,457 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns to key a 4-0 start.

Coach Clint Brand's squad has outscored four opponents 210-89.


So much for being tested - the Rockets won their 35th straight game against a WNC opponent Friday night, a 56-26 rout at Erwin.

It marked the 22nd time in those 35 wins that coach Shane Laws' squad won by 30 or more points.

That's domination.

Christ School

Speaking of the D word, the Greenies rolled over Robbinsville 63-32, the second straight season of an impressive win against one of area's top 1A programs.

First-year coach Tommy Langford has several difference-makers on offense, even after the loss of one of WNC's top running backs (Sidney Gibbs) to a broken leg.


WNC's best league early in the season is clearly the Mountain Six 2A Conference, which has breezed through four weeks of non-conference play with a collective 20-3 mark.

The league boasts three of WNC's five remaining unbeaten teams - 4-0 Hendersonville, 4-0 Pisgah and 3-0 Smoky Mountain.

The other three schools - Brevard, East Henderson and Franklin - are 3-1.

This is going to be a lot of fun when conference play begins in two weeks.

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