ROBBINSVILLE — The Citizen Times is providing live updates from the fourth-round playoff matchup between Robbinsville and Murphy on Black Friday, the seventh playoff meeting between the two Smoky Mountain Conference rivals in the past 10 seasons.
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During the teams' regular-season game, Robbinsville kicker Cody Cline hit a 41-yard field goal on the final play to secure a 23-20 win. Black Knights running back Cuttler Adams, who rushed for 377 yards in last week's 50-47 win over North Rowan, sat out against the Bulldogs due to a back injury.
Murphy enters the game having dismantled top-seed and undefeated Eastern Randolph on the road in the third round. The Bulldogs ran all over the Wildcats, gaining 404 rushing yards and scoring seven times on the ground in a 64-31 win. Running back Ty Laney had 197 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Kellen Rumfelt had 101 yards and two touchdowns through the air.
The winner Friday night will advance to the Western Regional Final to play the winner of Mitchell and Mount Airy's fourth-round matchup.
Live updates: Robbinsville vs. Murphy
FINAL: Robbinsville 28, Murphy 14. A comfortable win for the Black Knights, who advance to the Regional Final. Four touchdowns from running back Cuttler Adams, and a great game from quarterback Dasan Gross. Robbinsville will travel to Mitchell next week.
1:00 4Q: TOUCHDOWN, Murphy. Rumfelt leads a lightning-quick drive and scrambles for a 12-yard score. Need an onside now.
1:39 4Q: TOUCHDOWN, Robbinsville. Another 6-plus minute drive, capped by Adams' fourth score of the night. Just about seals it. Robbinsville 28, Murphy 7.
8:02 4Q: Robbinsville interception. Rumfelt throws high, off the hands of his receiver and into Brock Adams'. Black Knights can smell it now.
End 3Q: Robbinsville 21, Murphy 7. Bulldogs turn it over on downs. Allen slips after a shovel pass, but he had a lot of work to do regardless.
3:26 3Q: TOUCHDOWN, Robbinsville. After Murphy goes three-and-out, another long drive capped by a short Adams touchdown. Close to 7 minutes come off the clock. Robbinsville 21, Murphy 7.
HALFTIME: Robbinsville 14, Murphy 7. Madness on the final play; Rumfelt throws complete to Ty Laney, who gets inside the 30-yard line before fumbling. Juan Allen picks it up and gets to the 2-yard line before cuttler Adams brings him down
3:39 2Q: TOUCHDOWN, Murphy. The response the Bulldogs needed, with quarterback Kellen Rumfelt heating up. He sneaks in from a yard out. Robbinsville 14, Murphy 7.
6:31 2Q: TOUCHDOWN, Robbinsville. A 90-yard drive with some nice third-down passes from Gross. Then, it's Adams from 2 yards out. Robbinsville 14, Murphy 0.
End 1Q: Robbinsville 7, Murphy 0
5:04 1Q: TOUCHDOWN, Robbinsville. After a Dalton Hill interception, Dasan Gross hits Cuttler Adams for a 26-yard score. Robbilsville 7, Murphy 0
8:04 1Q: Penalties stall a Black Knights drive.
12:00 1Q: Robbinsville will receive the opening kickoff.
Half an hour from kickoff between Robbinsville and Murphy in the 1A fourth round.
Seventh time in the past 10 seasons the Black Knights and Bulldogs have met in the playoffs. Winner to the Regional Final. pic.twitter.com/JCRbMDc7BQ
— High School Huddle (@acthshuddle) November 27, 2021
Live updates will begin with the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
This article originally appeared on Asheville Citizen Times: GAME BLOG: Observations of Robbinsville's playoff win vs. Murphy