BY DAN GUTTENPLAN
DAVIDSON DAY, N.C.
CADE CARNEY DOESN’T WASTE TIME MAK-
ing his presence felt at a new school. The
tailback burst on the scene as a freshman at
Davie County (N.C.) to the tune of 1,908 rushing
yards and 17 touchdowns. Now, as a recent
transfer to Davidson Day School, the incoming
senior seems to have carved out a place as one
of his new school’s most popular students.
Carney, a senior, received more votes than
any other player in the 2015 FNF Carolinas
Magazine Coverboy Contest, earning a spot on
the cover of this publication. More than 4,500
fans voted in an online poll during March and
April – just a couple of months after Carney
transferred from Davie County.
Many of Carney’s votes came from Davidson
Day students and fans of the football program
before he ever sported the team’s colors in an
“That’s one of the things that has been
awesome about Davidson Day,” Carney said.
“It’s a tight-knit community and school. They
took me in quickly, and made me feel like a
part of the family.”
Carney, a 6-foot, 210-pound running back,
has followed Davidson Day closely throughout
his high school career due to his ties to
the coaching staff. His father, Carl Carney,
attended East Carolina with Davidson Day
coach Chad Grier. Carney’s family moved to
their second home closer to the Davidson Day
campus at the time of his transfer.
Grier and his staff will certainly settle for a
similar contribution to the one Carney made at
Davie County as a first-year starter in 2012. In
his first game, Carney broke his first carry for
65 yards on his way to a 265-yard night.
“My goal was to make the varsity as a
freshman; I’ve always believed in setting high
goals,” Carney said.
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