QB Malik Webb Plymouth
RB Johnny Frasier Princeton
RB Antonio Williams North Stanly
RB Terrin Manning Whiteville
RB Jaquez McDaniel Southeast Halifax
WR Cameron Moore Pamlico County
WR Jhonta Wilson Wallace-Rose Hill
OL Walker Imwalle Wallace-Rose Hill
OL Arlander Cherry Plymouth
OL Jalen Price Riverside
ATH Gaige Cox Murphy
ATH Alex Lisane Wallace-Rose Hill
DL T. J. Smith North Stanly
DL Lee Autry Albemarle
DL Spencer Campbell Whiteville
LB Spencer McCoy Swain County
LB Jarrett Little West Montgomery
LB Jason Mack Atkins
DB Christopher Brooks Walkertown
DB Josh Strickland Elkin
DB Ryan Palmer Winston-Salem Prep
DB Johnnie Glaspie Wallace-Rose Hill
DB Keyshawn Canady Wallace-Rose Hill
ATH David Watford Southeast Halifax
ALL-CLASS 1A TEAM
TOP 5 TEAMS
1JAMES KENAN: There won’t be much drop-off from last year, but are the
Tigers the clear cut No. 1? The gap has
2WALLACE-ROSE HILL: The Bulldogs technically could be considered 1B with
Kenan. If you haven’t already, circle the
calendar on Friday, Aug. 29. You’ll want to
get to Legion Stadium early.
3TARBORO: Another team that was considered for the preseason top spot.
4MURPHY: All David Gentry coached teams do is win games and win
5WHITEVILLE: Wolfpack fans may have visions of 1987 and Chester
CAN ANYONE STOP THE JAMES
North Carolina’s 1A football is sometimes
like a time machine where one can go back
and see how towns and communities em-
braced high school football in decades past.
Unlike the big cities and sprawling sub-
urban landscapes in the higher classes, the
1A games are an old-school brand of football
being played in front of small town crowds.
The energy and excitement that surrounds
these games is often unmatched by those
in the higher classifications. 1A football is
often looked down upon because of its size,
but more often than not, it’s the smaller class
athletes who often find themselves on college and professional rosters.
Last season, James Kenan ran all over
the competition, including a convincing 42-
14 victory over West Montgomery. Both of
these programs will remain near the top in
the 1AA classification, but also keep an eye
on programs like Swain County, Albemarle,
Wallace-Rose Hill and Tarboro.
The Wallace-Rose Hill Bulldogs came up
short in their 2013 campaign losing three
times, with two of them coming at the hands
of their arch-nemesis James Kenan. Head Coach Joey Price will go
down in history as one of the greatest coaches of all-time and his
best season could be 2014 as the Bulldogs look to be even better
than last year’s squad that averaged 42 points per game.
Tarboro may be a year away from completely dominating the opposition like they did in recent seasons, but don’t be surprised at
all if the Vikings pummel the competition and hoist the NCHSAA
Championship Trophy yet again.
The Tarboro-T offense will be hard to stop once it starts and you
never know when the next Todd Gurley or Kelvin Bryant will be coming up through the pipeline.
A new player in the 1AA championship hunt will be Princeton,
which may have what it takes to unseat James Kenan. Head coach
Derrick Minor has turned the Bulldogs into winners and will ride
the legs of phenomenal running back Johnny Frasier.
Murphy will once again be a power in the 1A bracket and Plymouth could once again be the Bulldogs’ foe in the title game.
And if they weren’t there already, be certain to keep head coach
Luke Little and the Whiteville Wolfpack on your radar as they are certain to be on a championship or bust mission, their first since 1987.
1A programs on the rise that will be worth watching this fall are
Southeast Halifax, Walkertown and Northampton County.
JOHNNY FRAISER, PRINCETON HIGH