Speaking of machines, Havelock is a machine
in and of itself. Jim Bob Bryant has created this
Havelock juggernaut and it will not be stopped
in 2013, or quite possibly 2014 either.
3Will anyone challenge Tarboro in the 1a classification?
A very good question and it would be easy
for someone to use the logic that since Tarboro
dominated in the 2A, that they’ll move down to
1A and it will be a breeze. The answer is yes
they’ll be challenged.
James Kenan may have the best overall
team speed of any classification and the Tigers
could be the team to send the Vikings sailing in
I wanted to throw in Hough because they’re
the new kid on the block, but since they’re
already mentioned in question No. 1 we’ll skip
them this time. The biggest team that jumps
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out is Hoke County; the Bucks are loaded with
speed and talent.
They could finish the regular season with
a few losses, but coming out of arguably the
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toughest 4A league in the state, they’ll go into
1Who will emerge as the dominant eam in the elite 4aa class?
The answer is most definitely a Charlotte
team. Which one is the better question, but
I’m sure we can narrow the list down to the In-
dependence Patriots, Butler Bulldogs, Mallard
2can havelock and northern guilford keep their tight grip on the 3aa and
The short answer is yes. Both programs have
shown they can reload instead of rebuild. I re-
member back a few years ago, fans thought the
the playoffs and knock off several wins in a row.
5Why are we seeing so many coaching changes?
With well over 80 coaching changes this year,
that is a great question but the answer won’t be
simple. With each change, it is based on a variety of reasons from personal family reasons to
moving up to a better job or to a better location.
Pay could also be a key reason as to why
coaches are moving on at an alarming rate.
Many people don’t realize it but football coach-
Creek Mavericks or Hough Huskies.
Yes this seems like the usual suspects, but
there is a reason these teams have set themselves apart from the field. They have that
lethal combination of speed, size, strength
and coaching. Football has become a full-time
industry in the Charlotte Metro area and these
teams are leading that field.
worst when star athlete Kenan Allen graduated
at Northern and departed for the university of
California. In stepped a kid named T.J. Logan
and the rest is history.
Northern Guilford, in a very short time, has
been built on a solid foundation by legendary
coach Johnny Roscoe and now that he’s depart-
ed, the machine will continue to churn out wins.
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es are not well paid. on the flip side, however,
they bring in the most revenue to a school. The
revenue generated for a school by a football
team not only funds the football program, but
nearly all other sports and even some educational programs.
I am a big supporter of the philosophies
of many southern states. The football coach
should be the second highest paid employee
at any school behind the principal. He sets the
tone for the school and in many cases is a more
important figure than any other person.
6Will the north carolina high school athletic association ever discard the
sub-divided playoff system?
This is a question I can’t answer, but it should
be an astounding yes. Sub-divided playoffs have
ruined high school football in our state by watering down the brackets and producing far too
Now of course I understand the other side
of the argument, it gives more kids the opportunity to play on a big stage. But what are we
teaching our children by making life easier than
it is in the real world? In too many cases since
it was implemented fully in 2002, we’ve never
known who the real best teams were because
of the split brackets.
However, I’ll give credit where credit is due.
The state did make a great move by stopping
the Pod System that seeded playoff teams by
location instead of by record.