All-Conference Coaches Selections Announced For SMC

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Below are the 2022-2023 All-Conference selections as voted on by the Smoky Mountain Conference coaches.

FINAL STANDINGS

1. Andrews 5-0
2. Murphy 4-1
3. Robbinsville 3-2
4. Cherokee 1-4
5. Hayesville 1-4
6. Swain 1-4

BACK OF THE YEAR:

ISAAC WEAVER (Andrews) & CUTTLER ADAMS (Robbinsville)

 

Isaac Weaver, Co-Back Of The Year (Haley’s Photography)

 

 

Cuttler Adams, Co-Back Of The Year (Jenny Millsaps)

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR:

DREW MARTIN (Andrews)

Drew Martin, Lineman Of The Year (Haley’s Photography)

COACH OF THE YEAR:

JAMES PHILLIPS (Andrews)

James Phillips, Coach Of The Year (Haley’s Photography)

 

 

ALL-CONFERENCE

Andrews:

Isaac Weaver
Drew Martin
Tyler West
Austin Martin
Cole Anderson
Dalton Rose
Taylor Waldroup
Donovan Bateman

Donovan Bateman, Andrews (Haley’s Photography)

Cherokee:

Kensen Davis
Chase Calhoun
Luke Climbingbear
Kaden Smith

Kaden Smith, Cherokee

Hayesville:

Lane O’Dell
Avery Leatherwood
Taylor McClure

Logan Caldwell, Hayesville (Brooke Leatherwood)

Murphy:

Jonathan Hamby
Cole Laney
Hunter Stalcup
Cameron Grooms
Will Joyner
Mason Thrasher
John Ledford

Jonathon Hamby, Murphy

 

Robbinsville:

Cutler Adams
Brock Adams
Carlos Lopez
Bryce Adams
Zeke Silvers

Bryce Adams, Robbinsville

Swain:

Nathan Bogdanowicz
Josiah Glaspie
Reese Winchester
Josh Collins

Joshua Collins, Swain (Joanna Mcmahan)

HONORABLE MENTION

Andrews:

Landon Greene
Colton Rose
Cameron Rattler
Eli Aguilar
Andy Tatham
Alex Jones

Cherokee:

Mato Grant

Hayesville:

Logan Caldwell
Isaac Chandler
Kyle Lunsford

Murphy:

Will Johnson
Ty Laney
Kadence Leatherwood
Jeremiah Dickey
Kyle Willard

Robbinsville:

Hayden Key
Kolson Dooley
Quinn Jumper
Roman Jones

Swain:

Josh Collins

Isaac Weaver Picks Up First College Football Scholarship Offer From Mars Hill

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Thanks to Haley’s Photography for letting us use her Wildcats Photos this year!

Andrews, NC- Standout Senior running back Isaac Weaver has received his first official college scholarship offer from the Mars Hill University Lions on Monday. Following a 400+ yard performance vs rival Murphy in the third round of the NCHSAA state playoffs, head coach James Phillips knew it was just a matter of time before the offers started rolling in. In a postgame interview with FYN following Fridays game, Phillips said:

“Isaac is amazing. What he does and the work that he puts in, his humility, it’s amazing. He had a tremendous night tonight and he’s got some colleges looking at him, and I really hoped they watched tonight. I hope this performance helps them get a little more serious about him (and his recruitment) because the kid can go. And in my opinion he’s one of the top football players in the state of North Carolina.”

 

It looks like at least one school agrees with Coach Phillips, and I would venture to guess this was the just the first in a long line of offers. Any university would be lucky to have Isaac, and whoever does get him will get one of the most talented, hardest workers I have seen since I started covering high school football.

The numbers speak for themselves. Not only has he racked up nearly 1,500 yards rushing and over 300 yards receiving in his senior campaign, but he is also the second in the state of North Carolina in interceptions on the year. While the numbers are incredible in and of themselves, it’s even more incredible when you remember that he played 4 games this season with a club on his broken hand!

Congratulations Isaac, we can’t wait to see what the future holds.

The season isn’t over yet for Weaver and his Wildcat brothers. They will line it up on Friday vs Draughn for a chance to play in the Western Regional Championship game. Come out to Hugh Hamilton Stadium in Valley Town and support the Cats on their journey to State!

Cats Dethrone The Knights, SMC Title Game Awaits

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Wildcats Beat Robbinsville, Conference Title Game Awaits

Andrews, Nc- It’s been a long time coming, but the Andrews Wildcats will be playing for a Smoky Mountain Conference Championship this Friday night at David Gentry Field in Murphy.

Their last stepping stone to get to the title game was a heavy weight bout vs Robbinsville in which the Cats took care of business as they dropped the Knights by a score of 28-12.

Team Notes

The statistical box score is incomplete for the Wildcats, but its clear that their defense deserves the recognition as they held Robbinsville to just 189 yards of offense. The Wildcat’s defense was able to get in on the scoring as they were able to pick off Bryce Adams for a Pick 6. QB Donovan Bateman had a solid outing as he was 9/13 for 169 yards and a touchdown. RB Austin Martin also had a good game as he ran for 77 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown.

As for Robbinsville, their offense never got going in this one. Bryce Adams and Roman Jones combined for just 21 passing yards. Cuttler Adams had a solid showing with 155 yards on 16 carries and was able to score both of the Knights touchdowns. Cuttler Adams also was tied for the team lead with 11 tackles.

Look Ahead

As mentioned, the Wildcats will have a shot at an undefeated regular season and a conference title next week as they travel to Murphy to take on the Bulldogs. As for the Knights, they will travel to Hayesville to take on the 5-4 (1-3) Yellowjackets, as Robbinsville looks to finish third in the conference.

 

Cats Cast Out The Devils, Now Ranked Number 1 In State

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Andrews, NC- The Wildcats came out with a chip on their shoulder Friday night as they took the field across from Swain County. The Maroon Devils man-handled the Cats in last year’s contest, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of this Senior-laden Andrews team.

With Swain County coming off of a close loss to Robbinsville in the previous week, many thought Andrews would have their work cut out for them against a stout Maroon Devil defensive front that was allowing less than 95 rushing yards per game up to this point.

The Wildcats knew they had to make a statement, and boy did they.

Photo Courtesy of Haley’s Photography

Austin Martin, Isaac Weaver, Eli Aguilar, and Donovan Bateman ran the ball straight into the teeth of the Swain County defense, and the Maroon Machine had no answer. They nearly tripled the rushing total that Swain had been allowing through 6 games this year. 4 rushing touchdowns and an interception returned for a TD later, the Wildcats had finally avenged last season’s loss to the Maroon Devils with a 33-7 thrashing and are now sitting at 7-0 on the year.

Friday night was a nice victory for the Cats, but they say they’re still working to get better.

We just know every week we’ve got to come out and do our job. We knew getting into conference play that there weren’t going to be any easy games, so we’ve really gotta execute well each week and just do what we do. We’ve gotta stay working. You can never get too happy. We’re always looking for that next win.

-Senior RB Isaac Weaver

While there’s still a long way to go and it’s obvious these guys aren’t satisfied yet, Sunday morning the Wildcat faithful woke up to something they’d never seen on a smart phone before.

Andrews at the top of the standings in 1A football in the state of North Carolina.

It’s been a long time coming for the small town of Andrews, and no one deserves it more than this group of kids.

Every week, people still question “just how good” Andrews is, and every week they come out and show you. This team is the real deal, and they’ve put the rest of the SMC (and the entire state) on notice. Like Isaac said, there’s still a long way to go and the Cat’s aren’t finished yet. But Valleytown is smiling a little brighter this week.

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