North Carolina High School Football Trivia
BY CHRIS HUGHES
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL? HERE ARE 10
questions to gauge your knowledge:
1Which school has won the most NCHSAA state championships? Reidsville ( 15)
2Which school has won the most consecutive NCHSAA state championships?
Independence HS ( 7) 2000-06
3Which school has the most consecutive wins in state history?
Independence HS (109)
4What team was held to zero first downs in a state championship game?
Kannapolis Brown had no first downs in a 20-0 loss to Tarboro during the 1984 3A title
T.A. McClendon (Albemarle HS)
PROGRAM OFFERS STUDENTS
ONE COMMON MISCONCEPTION IS THAT UNIT-
6What Robeson County high school football player won a Super Bowl title in 2012 playing for the Baltimore Ravens?
ed States Army recruiters try to steer high school gradu-
Vonta Leach (South Robeson HS)
7Who rushed for 510 yards and scored 8 touchdowns in a 2012 state champion- ship game?
T.J. Logan (Northern Guilford HS)
8What current college running back in the ACC is North Carolina’s all-time lead- ing rusher with 10,895 yards?
K.P. Parks (West Rowan HS/University of Virginia)
9What two quarterbacks moved into the top-five of the NCHSAA all-time passing yards list in 2012?
Connor Mitch (Wakefield) with 12,078 career yards; B.J. Beecher (Concord) with 10,778
10 Which head coach has the most wins at a single North Carolina school? Tom Brown (Maiden HS) 330 wins in 35 years
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ates away from college so they can enlist in the military.
James Rhoads, deputy to the colonel in charge of
ROTC recruiting, scholarships and operations, has
a different role. He encourages prospective high
school graduates to pursue both paths.
“Different things motivate people to enroll and
seek a commission through Army ROTC,” Rhoads
said. “I wanted to go into active duty in the armed
services, so it was nice to get school paid for and get
financial assistance. Other people want to be police
officers or teachers.”
Rhoads, a graduate of Michigan State University,
is a retired Army lieutenant colonel and former Pro-
fessor of Military Science. He is in charge of Army
ROTC recruiting for the 273 host schools, and more
than 1,000 others whose students can take Army
ROTC training through nearby hosts.
“There’s really two different kind of cadets,”
Rhoads noted. “There are those who are fully com-
mitted to doing everything on the commissioning
path. Upon earning a degree, they will have met all
of the pre-commissioning requirements, and they’ll
become a contracted fully commissioned cadet. The
other type of cadet might just want to take a military
science class out of curiosity.”
Most of the cadets who do not wish to become fully
commissioned go the route of the non-scholarship
program. Non-scholarship graduates may serve
three years of active duty and five years in the Inac-
tive Ready Reserve, such as the U.S. Army Reserve
or Army National Guard. Those who are considering
enlisting in the Army directly out of high school, but
would prefer to receive a college education, might
consider applying for an Army RO TC scholarship.
“One of the biggest advantages to the ROTC
program is the pay scale,” Rhoads said. “If you’re
comparing to someone who is being commissioned
as a private, someone who goes through the ROTC
program will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant
and make twice as much from the very beginning.
That separation grows as you advance your rank.
The difference in pay is what you would expect between an executive and someone at a worker level.”
Army ROTC cadets have three options for getting fully commissioned. The Army ROTC Basic
Course is offered during a cadet’s first two years in
college. It is geared toward teaching basic military
skills and fundamentals of leadership. The Army
ROTC Advanced Course takes place during the last
two years of college. It is geared to teach advanced
The alternative to that track is the Leader’s Training Course, which is a four-week classroom and
field training in Fort Knox, Ky. It is an accelerated
version of the two years of leadership development
training in the Basic Course.
The Army ROTC’s scholarship budget for 2013
is $268 million with more than 12,300 cadets on
“Both of my sons went through the Army ROTC
program,” Rhoads said. “They participated in the
non-scholarship option, and they opted to compete
for active duty. One was active for three years, and he
fulfilled his requirement. The other is in Afghanistan
as a captain. Once you get past your requirement,
you can stay in as long as you choose or the Army tells
you you’re done.” – DAN GUTTENPLAN