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high PoinT cenTRaL senioR geRMaine Pratt got his first taste of varsity football as a freshman in the NCHSAA 4A playoffs. After playing the entire regular season on
junior varsity, he earned his first start at safety against
Ben L. Smith High in the opener of the playoffs.
“That first game, I got trucked,” Pratt said. “Their
running back ran over me. It’s the only time in my life
that happened to me. Later in the game, their tight end
burned me. It wasn’t my best game.”
High Point Central escaped that game with a 28-22
victory, and Pratt kept his job the next week against
Ragsdale. High Point Central recorded another upset vic-
tory, and by the team’s third playoff game against Davie,
Pratt had emerged as one of the team’s top tacklers.
“I got the hang of it,” Pratt said. “I made the first tackle
of the game in that third playoff game. That’s when I
knew I could play at that level.”
Last season as a junior, Pratt, a 6-foot- 3, 195-pound
physical presence in the secondary, emerged as one of
the top safeties in the state. He tallied 92 tackles, four in-
terceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recover-
ies. He credits the daily battle against High Point Central
teammates like Lashuran Monk and Woody Cornwell in
practice for his improvement.
“For my entire high school career, I’ve been around
people working hard,” Pratt said. “I’m hitting the weight
room and I’m competing at practice every day. That’s how
you get better – competing with your teammates.”
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chRis RegisTeR sTaRTeD his FooTBaLL caReeR aT DuD- ley High as a wide receiver in name only. He looked liked anything but a receiver when he touched the ball. In 2011, the 6-foot- 2, 185-pound freshman receiver consis-
tently looked for contact, preferring to run over as many people as possible,
even if it meant sacrificing additional yardage.
“I got to high school and I was tall and skinny,” Register recalled. “I showed
a lot of physicality by the way I played. It didn’t take long for them to move
me to linebacker.”
Register bided his time that year while serving as a backup to a senior.
After the season, Register committed to adding weight without sacrificing
his speed. Since his freshman year, he has added 50 pounds – he’s up to
235 – and become a force as a roaming linebacker.
As a sophomore, Register had 90 tackles, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles
and four interceptions. Not to be outdone, he came back as a junior and re-
corded 111 tackles, seven sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions.
“The weight program at our school is huge,” Register noted. “We eat to
add weight and turn it into muscle. That’s all we do during the offseason.”
Register, who committed to Clemson university in May, can play any of the
three linebacker positions in the Dudley defense. This season, he expects
to play in the middle.
“I can play any one of the three,” he said. “I play in the middle here but I
think I’ll be coming off the edge at Clemson. It’s whatever the team needs.”