The much anticipated Mustangs Basketball Games with Mountain Heritage will not be played as scheduled due to the snowstorm. The make up day will be reported as soon as available. Roy Burnette
A high school basketball match-up more likely for the playoffs is coming to Smoky Mountain High School this Friday Night when the Mustangs face Mountain Heritage. The girls teams have not met in the last seven seasons while Mountain Heritage has gone 143-15 since the 2011 season including a 24 and 1 season in 2014-2015; they were 23 and 2 in 2015-2016; and last season they were 23-3. Meanwhile the Lady Mustangs have been fielded powerful teams for the past three seasons including a 24 and 3 record in 2014; 26 and 4 in 2015-16; and 27 and 3 last season. The Mustangs are coming off a thrilling 62 to 59 point win Tuesday night at Owen High School. The Cougars are 3 and 0 with a 40 to 25 point win over Watauga, 55 to 45 over Murphy, and over Erwin by a 73 to 41 score. The Lady Mustangs are 4 and 0 with a 55 to 52 point win over Tuscola, a 70 to 60 point win over Owen, a 68 to 40 point win over West Henderson, and then a 62 to 59 point win over Owen.
The boys match-up will be huge. The Cougars play Pisgah on Wednesday and are getting a late start on the season after going deep into the state football playoffs. After the game with Smoky Mountain they will face Franklin and A.C. Reynolds at home before traveling to Pisgah on December 15th. The Mustangs are 3 and 1 going into Friday night’s game. Their only loss was an 80 to 68 to Tuscola in the opening game of the season. Since then they have defeated Owen 85 to 56, over West Henderson 83 to 69, then Tuesday over Owen 67 to 45 in an early season rematch. Expected to lead Mountain Heritage will be Trey Robinson who led western North Carolina in many football statistics this past season and finished his football career with 12, 933 total yards of offense including 4381 passing and 8552 rushing. He also had 2175 kickoff yards and 1164 punting yards and scored 765 points. The Mustangs will counter with Nate Coffee who was the Mustangs football team quarterback who passed for 3963 passing yards and 33 passing touchdowns on 288 completions. Coffee’s was not considered a primary ball carrier but did have 72 carries in his career. He also emerged as the quarterback half way through last season for the Mustangs. With the exception of Tuscola the Mustangs wins have all been double digit wins. The game will be broadcast live on WRGC starting around 6:15 on Friday.