HOME TO THE 3AA CHAMPION THE PAST THREE YEARS and other perennial contenders, the Greensboro region is poised to dominate the NCHSAA playoffs in 2013. Only one problem: Greensboro has looked good before,
but Northern Guilford is the only school able to reach the finals
Is this the year Reidsville, T.W. Andrews, North Surry, Eastern
Alamance and Davie County turn promising prospect into championship gold? Other candidates lurk, too. Carson, Salisbury, High
Point Central, Page and North Davidson and others have the luster
of a championship squad.
If the region’s teams avoid brutalizing one another during the regu-
lar season, there’s opportunity for rings all around the Piedmont.
Northern Guilford dominated the past three seasons, collecting
three state titles along the way. Can the Nighthawks do it again?
At first glance, it is hard to see it happening. There’s a new coach,
a new offensive line and a tough conference full of talented teams,
including Eastern Alamance, Western Alamance and Rockingham
A deeper look reveals more. The defensive coordinator the past
eight seasons becomes head coach and he has a lot of his defen-
sive unit returning. Starting quarterback and championship MVP
Austin Coltrain is back, too.
The chips may be stacked against Northern Guilford, but with
three straight titles and plenty of big-game experience, it’s hard to
leave the Nighthawks out of the championship conversation.
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The region features 14 of the 90 North Carolina coaching chang-
es. A couple switches saw longtime coaches leave solid programs
for greener – or at least different – pastures.
Davie County’s coach since 1999, Doug Illing, is out. He leaves
for a “dream job” in South Carolina, taking a résumé that includes
a 2010 4A championship game appearance and plenty of strong
playoff teams. In his wake, Davie County has a program ready-made for success.
Salisbury’s story is more painful. Joe Pinyan leaves the Hornets
after 10 years, guiding Salisbury to the western regional finals
three of the past four years and winning a 2A championship in
2010. He moves 11 miles away to another Rowan County team, 3A
Carson. Pinyan and the Cougars visit his old home school to open
the season against the Hornets, now coached by his defensive co-
ordinator the past eight years, Ryan Crowder.
NCHSAA didn’t make many classification changes in Greensboro
as just three schools see a shift: Central Davidson, South Stokes
and Western Guilford.
Two of those teams – Central Davidson and Western Guilford
– land in the same place, the Mid-Piedmont 3A, where Southern
Guilford held court with an 11-2 record in 2012.
Meanwhile, realignment created conferences benefitting teams at
the top, including T. W. Andrews in the 2A PAC- 6 as well as North Surry
and South Stokes competing in the Western Piedmont 2A. At the same
time, realignment left intact or tweaked of the region’s most brutal
conferences including the Mid-State 3A and Central Piedmont 4A.
After opening in January 2012, Walkertown is the newest school
to join the varsity ranks in the Greensboro region. The Wolfpack
can earn success as a young school with Mt. Airy as the biggest
test in the Northwest 1A.
Lamar Raynard, T. Wingate Andrews
TOP 5 TEAMS
1NORTHERN GUILFORD: Three straight state titles make the Nighthawks
QB Lamar Raynard
T. Wingate Andrews
DL Shy Tuttle
a team to watch, even with a new coach.
RB Reggie Gallaspy
DL Jalen Dalton
RB Kealand Dirks
DL Derrick Davis
2T. W. ANDREWS: Returning All- Conference starters set the Red Raiders
RB Jayron Rankin
WR Juval Mollette
WR Jawan Foggie
WR Jarius Morehead
TE Zach Duncan
High Point Central
DL Lorenzo Featherston Page
DL Deshaywn Middleton Parkland
DL Yiannis Bowden
LB Chris Register
LB Jaylin Jeffries
up to avenge a heart-breaking playoff loss.
3REIDSVILLE: A reliable field general at quarterback gives the Rams a leg up, but
talented newcomers make the difference.
4DAVIE COUNT Y: A new coach pilots the War Eagles through 2013 thanks to
OL Will Richardson
DB Brock Deatherage Western Alamance
a talented defense and a dynamic running
OL Trip McNeill
DB Emmanuel Moseley Dudley
OL Isaiah King
DB Germaine Pratt
High Point Central
5NORTH SURRY: Led by 2,000-yard rusher Blaze Acord, the Greyhounds
ATH Malik Wilson
ATH Johnathan Lloyd
appear to have a championship formula.