2021 Preseason All Smoky Mountain Conference Team & Awards

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We’re back for the second installment of the FYN Sports Preseason All Smoky Mountain Conference football awards. Our staff writers and other sports writers in the community came together and helped us narrow down our choices for this year’s preseason All-Conference teams. These picks are backed by last year’s stats and are our predictions of who to watch for this year.


Kellen Rumfelt, Senior QB, Murphy

Rumfelt was the best passer in the SMC last year. He led the league in passing TDs and passing yards. He also led his team to a State Championship W. Easy choice here for FYN Sports Preseason POY.


Donald Bradley, Senior QB, Cherokee

Bradley won a couple games for Cherokee single-handedly last year. He can make things happen with his arm, and with his legs. He’s perhaps the most exciting QB to watch in the conference. It will be interesting to see what he can do with the weapons he has coming back this year.


Drew Martin, Junior LB, Andrews

Martin average around 10 Tackles per game last year and was the cornerstone of the Wildcats defense. A lot of people are high on Andrews this year and think they may be able to make a push for 3rd position on the conference, and Drew Martin is a big reason why.


Cuttler Adams, Sophomore RB/LB, Robbinsville

Cuttler Adams is going to be a name to remember. He does it all. He makes an impact in all 3 phases of the game. Special Teams, offense and defense, he’s always flying around trying to make a play. He has a good chance to lead the Black Knights in Tackles and rushing yards this year.

Preseason All-Conference team-


Kellen Rumfelt, Murphy

Donald Bradley, Cherokee

Running Back:

Isaac Weaver, Andrews

Ty Laney, Murphy

Cuttler Adams, Robbinsville

Wide Receiver/Tight End:

Payton McCracken, Murphy

Jake McTaggart, Hayesville

Hunter Laney, Murphy

Offensive Line:

Carlos Wesley, Robbinsville

Carson White, Robbinsville

Kyle Willard, Murphy

Mason Thrasher, Murphy

Sam Bernhisel, Swain

Defensive Line:

Carlos Wesley, Robbinsville

Ben Wachacha, Robbinsville

Kyle Lunsford, Hayesville

James Reed, Cherokee


Drew Martin, Andrews

Kage Williams, Robbinsville

Carson Taylor, Swain

Defensive Back:

Juan Allen, Murphy

Payton McCracken, Murphy

Cuttler Adams, Robbinsville

Taylor McClure, Hayesville


Cody Kline, Robbinsville


Cole Anderson, Andrews

Donovan Bateman, Andrews

Chandler Wood, Murphy

Brock Adams, Robbinsville



Bulldogs Trample Swain County, Remain Unbeaten

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Photo from MHS Athletics Facebook page.


Murphy, NC.- A conference matchup that has given us some instant classics over the years was on hand again Friday night, as the Bulldogs took on the Maroon Devils in the annual Murphy-Swain game.

In a one point game against the Maroon Devils last season Head Coach David Gentry broke the North Carolina all time wins record, which just added another chapter into this historic rival between these two teams.

It always seems like its a close game when Murphy and Swain play and for the past decade it has been, but this year the bulldogs had their number from the start. Murphy defeated Swain 39-7.

The Murphy High School football team has really come into their own as the season has progressed. Each game, and each quarter really we have seen growth from this young team. The first game of the season against Andrews left Bulldog fans with a lot of questions and uncertainty about what to expect from their team, but over the past 3 games those questions have been answered. When the Bulldogs are able to pass the ball as well as run it down their opponents throats, they are capable of beating any team in the state.

Game Notes:

Sophomore RB Ty Laney got the Dogs on the board with a 2 yard TD run at the 7:15 mark in the first quarter.

Kellen Rumfelt found Ty Laney underneath for a 5 yard TD pass with 8:53 left in the second.

John Ledford scored from 21 yards out with 3:32 left in the 3rd quarter to put the Dogs up 21-7.

Annie-Kate Dalton connected on a 21 yard Field Goal to start the 4th and make it 24-7 Murphy.

Rumfelt found McCracken on a 9 yard TD pass with 8:48 left in the game.

Cole Laney ran it in from the 18 yard line for the final score of the game, as the Dogs won 39-7.


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