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DIVE — Tuscola’s Conner Medina dives to get a hand on the ball carrier during last year’s game against A.C. Reynolds.

After last week’s dominant win at North Buncombe, Tuscola’s losing skid is fast becoming a distant memory.

The Mountaineers have now won two in a row and find themselves near the middle of the pack in the Western Mountain 3A Football Conference.

Extending that streak to three games will be by far Tuscola’s toughest challenge of the league season as coach Chris Brookshire’s squad heads to Reynolds to take on the conference powerhouse Rockets on Friday night.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

“There’s no bigger test in the mountains than to play Reynolds,” Brookshire said. “But I’m excited about our kids. I’m excited about the direction we’re headed. We’ve got a really good JV program, and we’re just extremely excited to get this latest week under our belt and to have the opportunity to play the best program in Western North Carolina in our opinion. We’ve just got to try to give ourselves a chance to stay in the game and see what happens in the fourth.”

Reynolds (5-1, 5-0) has won more than 40 straight league games dating back to 2014. Led by versatile threat Carter Lindsay (248 passing yards, 298 rushing, 198 receiving), the Rockets have defeated all league opponents but one by 20 points or more.

That lone exception was Asheville, which dropped a 13-12 decision to the Rockets on March 19. Two weeks earlier, Tuscola lost a heartbreaker to the Cougars by an identical score in Asheville.

However, Brookshire knows Reynolds is in a class of its own.

“They’re very talented,” Brookshire said. “They play very fast on defense. Offensively, they have some young kids. But those young kids at the skill positions are so, so talented. Reynolds is going to be a handful down the road.”

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