WEAVERVILLE — Friday was definitely not a money-making venture for Mountain Heritage or Franklin.
But they found a way to play, and win, even if it meant leaving behind their homefield advantage.
The Cougars edged Polk County, 26-25, at North Buncombe. Franklin went to a neutral site with an artificial turf (Cherokee) as well so its 21-7 win over Pisgah could be played.
Seven games in Western North Carolina football were postponed by this week’s rain – East Henderson at North Henderson, Tuscola at Brevard, Hendersonville at Madison, Smoky Mountain at West Henderson, Rosman at Andrews, Robbinsville at Murphy and North Buncombe at McDowell.
All of those games have been rescheduled for Monday.
Mountain Heritage (5-2, 1-1) and longtime coach Joey Robinson know something about Monday football. They lost earlier this week at Hendersonville, 48-44, in muddy conditions and then head to turn around and play another Western Highlands Conference game on Friday.
The Cougars requested the use of North Buncombe’s field since their natural grass surface was unplayable.
“I’ve been coaching 20-some years and this might be the hardest week I’ve had,” Robinson said.
“Having to play Monday in those conditions, then getting about one hour of outside practice this week. On top of that you have to face a good team like Polk. For our kids to fight through that and get a win is just outstanding.”
Mountain Heritage sophomore Trey Robinson went over the 1,000-yard mark in rushing Monday and was splendid once again Friday. He completed eight of 15 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown along with rushing for 99 yards and two more scores. Dathan Robinson added 93 yards and accounted for the Cougars’ first touchdown – a 12-yard run with 6:07 remaining in the first quarter.
The Wolverines (3-4, 1-1) scored with just 44 seconds to go. A potential game-winning 2-point conversion was snuffed out though by Mountain Heritage sophomore cornerback Austin Randolph.
“It was an unbelievable game by two teams who played really well,” Robinson said.
“We missed some opportunities and (Polk County quarterback Jamal Wheeler) is such an unbelievable athlete. But we made some plays and it’s an incredible win for us. We appreciate North Buncombe and their hospitality. It was nice of them to let us use their facility and playing on (artificial) turf made it an even field for both teams.”
More on this story to come….
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