Swain (12-0) and Murphy (11-2) both advanced in the state playoffs with wins on Friday, Nov. 9.
Swain defeated West Wilkes (5-6) 40-10. EBCI tribal member Raymius Smith led the Maroon Devils by completing 8 of 11 passes for 215 yards and 5TDs. He is now only the second quarterback in Swain history to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season, the other being former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler.
Smith has thrown for 2,200yds and 35 TDs on the season.
On Friday night, he connected on four touchdown throws to Matthew Maennle and one to fellow EBCI tribal member Greg Tisho who had 71 receiving yards on the night.
Swain is set to play undefeated Hendersonville (12-0) at home on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30pm in third round action.
Murphy defeated Robbinsville (9-4) 42-34 on Friday. EBCI tribal member Gage Cox gained 193yds rushing including a 56yd TD for the Bulldogs.
Robbinsville’s Cruz Galaviz, EBCI tribal member, ran for 104yds on the night and scored on runs of 5, 5 and 31.
Murphy will host Rosman (7-5) at home on Friday at 7:30pm.
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