Perfect opening night for Haywood CountyTuscola dismantles Cherokee, Pisgah trounces North Buncombe
To sum up opening night of the 2013 high school football season, no one from Pisgah and Tuscola would disagree it was perfect.
The Tuscola varsity football team went on the road and dismantled Cherokee, 56-0, while Pisgah traveled to Weaverville and thumped North Buncombe, 44-0.
Tuscola 56, Cherokee 0
CHEROKEE - Tuscola bolted to a 42-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 56-0 victory over the Braves.
Bryce Myers scored on runs of 84, six and 37 yards, Houston McCracken rushed for a four-yard TD, Michael Herbertson contributed a one-yard TD run, Ben Green had a 37-yard touchdown gallop and Woody Cornwell scored on a 15-yard run and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Adam Chambers.
It was the most points scored by Tuscola and its first shutout since Sept. 25, 2009, when the Mountaineers beat Smoky Mountain, 62-0.
Pisgah 44, North Buncombe 0
WEAVERVILLE - Against the Black Hawks, its was Pisgah's defense that stole the show as the unit contributed eight points and limited North Buncombe to just 80 yards in total offense. The last time Pisgah shutout an opponent was Sept. 3, 2010, when the Black Bears beat North Buncombe, 45-0.
Pisgah's seven scores came in five different ways. Trevor Johnson scored on a 12-yard pick six, Jesse Anderson scored on a 42-yard punt return, McKinley Brown hooked up with Hunker Wike on a 57-yard scoring strike, the defense recorded a safety late in the third quarter, Jesse Martinez rushed for a three-yard TD and Dustin Messer scored on runs of one and five yards.
Pisgah will host Enka next Friday, Aug. 30, in a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game at Memorial Stadium.