One of the best known and fiercest high school rivalries in North Carolina is taking action once again this coming weekend as the Pisgah Bears take on the Tuscola Mountaineers in the “Haywood County Championship.” These schools located less than 9 miles apart from each other began their rivalry in 1966.  The Pisgah Bears are currently riding a 9-game winning streak over the Tuscola Mountaineers following last year’s thrilling 21-20 victory. Will last year’s MVP, Caden Robinson, be able to repeat last year’s performance for another Pisgah win, or will a new face emerge for Tuscola to break up the streak and begin one of their own?



Jourdyn Butler


Caden Robinson


Caden was All Conference and All State in both Football and Basketball in 2021. Caden was also name MVP of the Great American Rivalry in 2021. Caden is holding a 3.87 GPA and plans to attend college to study Civil engineer.
Luke McHenry


This is Luke's first year on Tuscola varsity football team. Luke was also on the Tuscola wrestling team for three years. Luke is a member of the National Honor Society and the Tuscola Sportsman Club. Luke has a 3.875 GPA and plans to attend Haywood Community College or Montana State University.


It was a tight game tonight in the 2022 Haywood County Classic! Pisgah put the first points up with a TD in the first quarter. The Mountaineers answered with a TD reception to tie the game 7-7. Another touchdown from the Black Bears put them up 14-7 in the 2nd quarter. In the second half, both teams went play-for-play and went into overtime. At the end of OT, the score was tied at 28, going into a second overtime. The Mountaineers scored to take the lead 35-28. Pisgah scored at the end of 2OT but after a missed extra point and Tuscola took the victory with a final score of 35-34.