The West Henderson Falcons will host the Asheville Cougars this Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the final regular game of the season for the Falcons.
The Cougars are ranked seventh in the conference with a 3-4 record in the conference and 4-6 on the season. Comparatively, the Falcons are ranked second in the conference with a 5-2 conference record and an 8-2 record for the season.
The Asheville varsity football team won last week’s home conference game against North Buncombe by a score of 41-38. The Cougars took the lead early, but North Buncombe fought back, resulting in both teams scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Cougars were able to overcome the Black Hawks despite having fewer total plays, 46 to 67, and considerably less possession time, 17:28 to 29:20.
The West Henderson varsity football team suffered a loss in their road conference game last Friday against A.C. Reynolds by a score of 56-14. The Rockets started strong, scoring 21 points in the first quarter. The Falcons countered with a touchdown in the second, but that was outdone by another two touchdowns by the Rockets. The Falcons would go on to score one more touchdown in the second half, compared to another 21 points by the Rockets. The Rockets were led by a strong performance by senior quarterback Eli Carr, who amassed six passing touchdowns.
Fans can expect a battle of offenses between the two teams, with Asheville relying on a passing offense, and West relying on rushing.
The Cougars have posted some high scoring games on the season with all of their wins coming with double digit scores. Some of these scores include a 43-6 win against North Henderson, and a 48-6 win against Enka. Statistics show that the problem with the Cougars is not on offense but rather their defense, which has not been able to hold their opponents to a lower score.
The Falcon offense has been strong enough to score double digit points in most of their wins on the season, and their defense has held their opponents to three touchdowns or less in most of the Falcons wins. If the Falcons can hold Asheville to less than 21 points, statistics show that the Falcons have enough momentum on the offense to outscore their opponents.
Because this is the final regular game of the season, it is senior night, and the student section theme is wild wild west. Student government students have encouraged attendees to dress warmly.
By: Johnathan Austin, Feature Writer