All is well in Title Town.
Two touchdown runs by Colby Hemphill gave Robbinsville an early 16-0 lead on Monday that it turned into a 30-22 win at Murphy.
The Black Knights (4-2, 2-0) batted down a pass from the Bulldogs (5-2, 1-1) in the end zone as time expired. The Smoky Mountain Conference matchup was one between the last two NCHSAA 1-A champions (Murphy in 2013 and Robbinsville in 2014).
“Our kids persevered tonight and worked hard,” Black Knights coach Dee Walsh said.
“We had a couple turnovers early and really missed a chance to put them away. After that, it was back and forth all night long. It was a quality high school football game. Obviously we’re happy with the win. It was a fun night.”
Robbinsville has now won 11 consecutive SMC games dating back to 2012. The Graham County program has the most state football championships (13) of anyone in Western North Carolina, hence the nickname “Title Town.”
Colton Millsaps completed five of his six passes for 94 yards with a 45-yard touchdown to Chandler Jumper at the 9:02 mark of Monday’s fourth quarter. Lane Millsaps led Robbinsville with 22 carries for 85 yards, while Hemphill added 53 yards and Ian Wiggins contributed 42 yards and a touchdown.
Murphy’s Joey Curry passed for 134 yards and ran for 64 more with two touchdowns (8 and 44 yards). Anthony Conners made eight receptions for 113 yards. Kadrian McRae had 81 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Both teams have a quick turnaround for their next games — Robbinsville travels to Rosman (5-1, 2-0) on Friday while Murphy makes the short trip to Andrews (3-4, 0-2).
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