by David Fatzinger
Under a perfectly blue early October sky, AC Reynolds Head Coach Shane Lewis led his players into Asheville High School on Friday night ahead of their Great American Rivalry Series battle with the Asheville Cougars. He knew something special was about to happen.
“I could tell they were ready. I could see it in their eyes.”
What he saw was the upcoming completely dominating team effort that would propel the Rockets to a 41-13 victory in their annual battle with the Cougars. Coach Lewis’s Rockets were led by senior quarterback and Great American Rivalry Series Game Most Valuable Player AC Reynolds Caleb Pressley and his 214 passing yards, 84 yards of rushing, and two touchdown throws to easily put away their cross-town rivals on Friday night. Pressley led his offense to a stretch of five unanswered touchdown drives between the early second and late fourth quarters and sealed the fate of the Cougars.
With the win, the Rockets took a 6-5 lead in the cross-town rivalry series since the turn of the 21st Century including the seventh straight win by the visiting school. To continue this trend, the Rockets would not only depend upon Great American Rivalry Series Game MVP Pressley’s arm and his legs, but a stifling Rocket defense as well. The game would start Friday night much closer than the final score indicated, but with 10 minutes to go in the second quarter and the score tied at 6-6, the Rockets defense took over.
Reynolds’defense held the Cougars to only 270 total yards of offense no scores for over 45 minutes of football. The Cougars did not score again until the clock showed one minute remaining in the game making the final score 41-13.
“We finally put four quarters together, and if we’re going to do that, we had better do it against Asheville,”said Coach Lewis.
As the night closed, US Marine SSgt Sprouse presented Coach Lewis with the Great American Rivalry Series Trophy, who took the trophy and lifted it above his head. Coach Lewis then gathered his boys together, congratulated them and simply said, “Enjoy this tonight, but remember that this is just a step toward our bigger goal of winning another State Championship.” Yes Coach, enjoy this victory, and enjoy the evening, your whole team earned it tonight.
With the victory, the AC Reynolds Rockets take their 5-1 overall and 2-0 record in the Mountain Athletic Conference to Enka next week. With the loss, Asheville falls to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the Mountain Athletic Conference and will next play at Shelby Crest.
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- Reynolds vs. Ashville – 2010