SKYLAND – Roberson coach Chris Deal is conflicted.
Deal hopes a lot of people enjoy Thursday night’s broadcast from the comfort of their homes.
But not too many.
A large and loud partisan crowd in Ensley Stadium’s bleachers would be ideal for the second-ever Western North Carolina high school football game to be shown on live TV.
WMYA (40) will handle the honors when Deal and the Rams (2-5, 1-1) host Erwin (4-4, 2-1).
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
“Our kids are excited about it. Any time you get to play on TV, you ought to be,” Deal said.
“I’m hopeful that our kids will come out with a lot of a confidence against a good football team. That’s what Erwin is, they are a good football team and we’re excited about playing them. It’s a great opportunity to come out here and try to get another win in our conference, whether it’s on TV or not.”
Last week’s Mitchell at Polk County game (a 28-27 road win for the Mountaineers) was the first shown by WMYA, and the rest of the lineup for this season is Owen at Hendersonville (Oct. 22) and Asheville at North Buncombe (Oct. 29).
The NCHSAA is allowing live TV broadcasts of regular-season football for the first time this school year.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity and it looks like (WMYA) is doing it first-class,” Erwin coach Mike Sexton said.
“I hope the community and the kids realize what a great production it is. I know they’re excited about it”
Now to the game itself, which is a big one for both teams in the Mountain Athletic Conference.
Roberson junior Seth Griswold continues to lead all mountain tacklers with 13.0 stops per game. He and the Rams are ahead of the only other team in the MAC 4-A division – McDowell which is 3-5 overall and 0-3 in the MAC.
Dezmond Moorman (465 yards, six touchdowns) ran for a season-high 154 yards and a pair of 1-yard touchdowns in Friday’s 27-24 loss at North Buncombe. Eric Robinson (758 yards and four touchdowns with 12 interceptions) threw his fourth touchdown of the season to Denzel Summey (13 receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns).
Other standouts for the Rams defense are Logan Wells (9.6 tackles per game), Robert Balcom (5.1), Gilbert Whiteside (4.7), Ian McAdoo (4.5) and Greg Johnston (4.0).
More on this story to come…
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