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Beyond the Scoreboard: Shuler's big night highlights Week 8 performances

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The amazing numbers being put up by Christ School quarterback Navy Shuler highlight the top performances of Week 8 of WNC high-school football.

The son of legendary quarterback Heath Shuler, the Greenies' junior signal caller threw for a career-high 581 yards and six touchdowns in a 66-38 win over Rabin Gap.

After missing most of last season with an elbow injury, Shuler is putting together an incredible season. Through seven games, he has completed 163-of-229 passes (71 percent) for 2,690 yards and 32 touchdowns, with just four interceptions. He is averaging 16.5 yards per completion.

In the Rabun Gap game, his favorite target--as usual--was Kaedin Robinson. The former Reynolds High standout who missed last season with a knee injury caught 11 passes for 221 yards and thee scores.

Robinson has caught 57 balls this season for 1,162 yards and 17 TDs. He is averaging 20.4 yards per catch.

Other top individual performances:

Keyvaun Cobb, Christ School

No WNC team has more big-play guys than the Greenies. In the Rabun Gap win, the West Ppoint commit did a little bit of everything - he returned an interception 102 yards for a score, caught a 60-yard TD pass from Shuler and ran 50 yards for another score.

Skylar Jutras, North Buncombe

The Black Hawks' tailback and teammate Caden Higgins rank 1-2 among WNC rushers, and it's become a close battle.

Jutras ran for 229 yards and three scores in a 42-7 win over North Henderson.

Higgins added 98 yards on the ground, with a pair of scores.

Jutras leads all area rushers with 976 yards, and he has reached the end zone 13 times. Higgins, running from his QB position, has 974 yards rushing, with 17 TDs.

Sam McCollum, Avery

The Vikings' multi-purpose talent switched from quarterback to running back earlier this season, and it paid off last week in a 48-46 win over Madison.

He rushed for 148 yards and five TDs and caught eight passes for 94 yards. McCollum scored the game-winning TD on a 6-yard run with 20 seconds remaining. Quarterback Troy Hoilman added 165 yards passing (18-of-28).

Clark Gray, Madison

The Patriots' quarterback did everything he could in the loss to Avery, piling up 327 yards of total offense. He rushed 24 times for 244 yards and also completed 3-of-5 passes for 83 yards.

Ty Davidson, Owen

The Warhorses' running back led his team to a 40-33 win over Polk County. Davidson rushed 22 times for 208 yards and two scores and also caught a 29-yard TD pass.

Simeon Thompson, Erwin

The Warriors' explosive receiver caught seven passes for 113 yards to key a 49-28 win over Roberson. Thompson caught scoring passes of 31, 26 and 11 yards from Kendrick Weaver (11-of-16, 137 yards).

Teammate Rashon Chaffin rushed 30 times for 188 yards (including TDs of 13 and 20 yards) and also had an 88-yard kickoff return for another score.

Bobby Crowe, Cherokee

The Braves' junior quarterback was flawless in a 34-17 win over Rosman. Crowe completed 9-of-9 passes for 226 yards and a TD and also ran for a score. His scoring pass was a 77-yard play to Cade Mintz, who finished with six catches for 166 yards.



The Bears' defense ranks among the area's toughest, and it came through again in a 13-8 win over Smoky Mountain in the Mountain Six Conference opener for both schools.

Coach Brett Chappell's unit (6-1, 1-0) has allowed 13 points or less in all six wins this season and limited the Mustangs to 168 total yards.

Mountain Heritage

The Cougars (5-1, 1-0) took a big step toward a fourth straight Western Highlands Conference championship with a 24-16 win over rival Mitchell. Coach Joey Robinson's defense held the Mountaineers to 247 yards of offense to win their 11th straight conference games over three seasons. Over the past two seasons Heritage is 18-2, WNC's best mark in that span.


Ever since veteran coach Kenny Ford retired and tailback Jager Gardner left for Temple, a consistently winning program has fallen to a 5-31 record.

But the Warhorses won a second game in a season for the first time since 2014 last week, scoring 26 second-half points for a 40-33 win at Polk County.


The Panthers (5-2, 1-0) opened Mountain Six Conference play with a 17-14 overtime win against Hendersonville. Coach Josh Brooks' team limited the Bearcats' explosive offense with by controlling the ball and the clock, and got a game-winning 17-yard field goal from Sam Conway in the extra session for their 12th straight win at home.

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