By Carey Phillips


Asheville turned three second-half pass interceptions into touchdowns last Thursday and defeated Smoky Mountain 26-12 in the season’s first JV football game at Asheville.

“I couldn’t be prouder of their effort,” Coach Zeb Capps said. “We had some good things happen and some unfortunate things happen. Our effort was really good.”

The Mustangs took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Jayce Stillwell to cap a drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock.

SM trailed 7-6 at halftime, but used a fumble recovery by Hayden Moore to set up a TD. Parker Wilson’s 30-yard scoring pass to Jarek Jones gave the Mustangs a 12-7 edge.

After that is when Capps said “the turnover bug got us.

The Cougars turned three interceptions into scores to take control.

“I felt good about how we competed with Asheville,” the coach said

He said Luke Fortner ran the ball hard and Jones played well at wide receiver.

He singled out lineman Weston Winchester, who played all snaps on both sides of the ball.