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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
T
he good ole days when
gas was under a buck a
gallon, everyone in your
neighborhood could leave their
doors unlocked without a worry
in the world, some Kelloggs
cereal boxes came with a 3-D
sports card in them and The
Eagles ruled the music world
are long gone.
But fortunately, at least round
here, its very nice that while
the past has to remain just that
we can still grab some of it and
weave more stitches into the
quilt that is the storied tradition
of high school athletics we have.
If you havent noticed,
tonights high school football
brings back the Southern Dis-
trict 7 2A (or close to it). League
ofcials say the conference is
ofcially the Southern District 7
Athletic 2A, but we all know any-
one who was around the rst
SD-7 is going to toss the Athletic
part away.
Welcome back, SD-7.
Actually, I can hear some of
you saying its just a name but
if youre in my age range (55), it
means much more.
The SD-7 and all the other
leagues weve had in the region
through the years are where our
generation got hooked onTues-
day and Friday nights pretty
much being about high school
sports.
Think about it for a second.
If youre anywhere from say
about 25 to nearly 60, how many
Maiden-Newton-Conover or
Maiden-Bandys or St. Stephens-
Hickory football games or
Freedom-Hickory, Bunker Hill-
Bandys or Fred T. Foard-St. Ste-
phens basketball games have
you been to or read about in
your lifetime?
It was leagues like the SD-7
which came together in 1959
and was disbanded after the
1999-2000 school year by state-
wide realignment that shaped
many a sports nut around here.
Youve probably heard (the
true) stories of how husbands
and wives met at a high school
football game between hated
rivals and/or how now, many
years later, they still wont sit
together at the big game.
And I promise when School
A plays School B in football, to
sit with you on the side of the
eld of those %$#(* (insert team
nickname here), just doesnt
make it into many marriage
vows.
But if it did, it would prob-
ably come from a couple who
grew up going to a school that
was in the SD-7, which through
the years has strung all the way
from Gamewell to Cherryville
and in between or up to Hil-
debran or even over in Iredell
County.
There isnt a year that goes
by that I dont hear or am
asked to tell stories from the
42-year history of the SD-7. And
that tells me that the league
coming back, even though kids
have changed and they prob-
ably wont get the exact same
things my generation did from
it, is worth noting.
It was a culture, said Butch
Parker, 58, an assistant coach at
Maiden High who played for his
alma mater for three SD-7 years
starting in 1970, then coached
in it for nine years (1983-86 and
from 1992-1996). Its nice to
have it back for the people our
age because of the memories.
Parker fondly recalls his days
as a Blue Devils defensive
lineman. On Friday nights, his
job was to hit anyone coming
through the line and toss them
aside until he found the guy
with the ball. On Saturdays,
he says, he was often run-
ning around with a guy like
Randy Abernathy (Hildebran) or
someone else he was trying to
hammer the night before.
There was a closeness, said
Parker. And it wasnt just the
administrators. ... It (success)
was about the longevity of the
people involved with it. It was
just special.
The SD-7 fostered such last-
ing relationships and became
as beloved as it was because of
things like this:
Parker tells a story about
Maiden playing at St. Stephens
in 1971 and winning big. On
the way home, the Maiden bus
broke down on County Home
Road and head coachTom
Brown made a phone call for
help to St. Stephens head
coachTommy Simmons.
He brought the St. Stephens
bus and brought us home, said
Parker, who noted it did not
escape him that the help came
from the coach the Blue Devils
had just beaten.
It was the legendary athletes
and coaches and the unique
core of characters, that set a
tone, Parker said.
When the SD-7 basketball
tournament would ll Lenoir-
Rhyne Universitys Shuford Gym
to the brim, the mecca was the
rst two rows of bleachers on
the right corner just inside the
gym entrance. It was where all
the coaches gathered.
When I was allowed to sit
in those rst two rows (as a
coach), Parker said, that was
where I learned a lot of coach-
ing.
The head coaches of the
sports were in many ways the
true stars, unique individu-
als with varying personalities
and the person(s) most closely
associated with each school
community.
What the SD-7 was ... was it
was the schools, said Parker,
who remembered there was a
clear indicator of who The Big
Man on Campus was at every
school.
The one with the biggest key
ring on their belt ... they were
it, Parker said, chuckling. At
that school, they were it (the
BMOC).
As I do, Parker remembers
learning about much more than
athletics from the old school
coaches, about growing up in a
culture the SD-7 had that put an
emphasis on being determined
to win but being a gentleman
(or lady) if you did not.
Part of the uniqueness of the
league was how it set examples
and why.
For instance, girls basketballs
rst big steps toward popular-
ity in the region came largely
because Jerry Copas (Fred T.
Foard) and Bill Bost (Bandys),
who have both passed on and
are greatly missed in those com-
munities. They joined with oth-
ers one night and talked about,
then came up with a plan for
how to signify girls sports were
as important as male sports.
Those guys had never heard
of Title IX, and they werent
responding to criticism. Even
for the 1970s, those guys were
ahead of the curve, Bost once
telling me when I asked what
prompted it: Because it was the
right thing to do.
There was a lot of that in the
old SD-7. Theres also the story
of Copas coaching against Bost
in a boys basketball game, with
the Tigers down a ton to the
Trojans and Copas without a
timeout.
Copas, wanting a timeout in
the waning minutes to get the
last player on his bench into
the game, approached Bost and
asked to borrow a timeout.
Bost called one.
It (the SD-7) was ahead of
its time, said Don Patrick, who
came to Newton-Conover as
head football coach in 1974.
People told me about it even
before I came here, how it was a
league that really had tradition.
It was the envy of many,
many conferences across the
state. You take Bost, Copas ... the
Harry Fryes (former St. Stephens
multi-sport coach). Thats a trib-
ute to those guys and the way
they went about things.
Patrick said theres nothing
more valuable than how all the
schools in the region have come
together through the years,
making the return of conference
rivalries like Freedom against
Hickory in the Northwestern
3A-4A equally important as this
years realignment begins to
reconnect the region.
High school athletics has
been the central focus of those
communities (throughout the
Greater Hickory area) for years
and years, Patrick said. I guess
the thing I remember (about the
SD-7) is the competitiveness.
It was a real rivalry and yet
coaches had the ability to keep
friendships with those rivals,
and that carried over to the
kids.
Patrick passionately wanted
to beat Brown and Maiden in
every Red Devils versus Blue
Devils football game that dotted
his schedule during his 25 years
as head coach, but considers
Brown a very good friend to this
day.
Back then, everyone knew
they had a good thing going,
says Patrick. The revenues were
amazing (one Maiden-New-
ton-Conover game, including
concessions, pulled in more
than $50,000), the games were
generally top notch and the SD-
7 was, well ... home.
To my knowledge, no league
before or after has done what
the SD-7 did in 1974, and this
speaks volumes about why it
will always be a big part of the
regions athletic history.
After the 1972-73 school
year, enrollment was up at St.
Stephens and Newton-Conover
and Lincolnton, already 3A, was
also in the mix.
The conference saw the North
Carolina High School Athletic
Association (NCHSAA) writ-
ing on the wall when statewide
realignment for 1974 was being
formulated and quickly took
a vote we dont care if these
schools have larger enrollments,
we want to stay together and
were all willing to be classied
as 3A schools.
The NCHSAA granted that for
three years and the great games,
big money, funny stories and
happy days continued.
It didnt surprise me, said
Patrick as he watched the rival
schools rally around those
about to be shipped off to an-
other classication. We knew
we had a dadgum good thing
going and didnt want to lose it.
As the grand old dame returns
tonight, so many things have
changed it may be impossible
for it to be what it was fun,
inspiring, a part of life that will
stick with the teenagers who
grew up with it but it hope-
fully has that potential again.
Id bet you that (the potential
for that kind of impact) doesnt
exist anymore, I dont know,
Parker said. But I think it will if
they let it (the league) last long
enough.
Record Sports Editor Chris Hobbs, a Cataw-
ba County native, has covered more than
a quarter century of athletics in the SD-7
and tonight begins his 38th straight season
writing about prep sports in the area. Reach
himat chobbs@hickoryrecord.com.
SD-7s return highlights new season
Its history helped
shape prep sports
in Hickory region
ChrisHobbs
Record Sports Editor
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Newton-Conover and Bandys met twice last season, once in the regular season and once in the state playoffs, and
theyll renew their rivalry in a return to the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A at Bandys on Nov. 8, the nal night of
the conference regular season.
Alist of the conferences and years
each of the Greater Hickory areas high
schools played in them, dating back to
as far as 1959. The number of different
leagues each school has been in, not
including this school year, is listed in
parentheses:
ALEXANDER CENTRAL (3)
Northwestern 3A, 1978-1984
Northwestern 4A, 1985-2008
Northwestern 3A-4A, 2009-2012
BANDYS (6)
Southern District 7 2A, 1959-1973
Southern District 7 3A, 1974-1976
Southern District 7 2A, 1977-2000
Midwest 2A, 2001-2004
Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A,
2005-2008
CatawbaValleyAthletic 2A, 2009-2012
BUNKER HILL (6)
Southern District 7 2A, 1959-1973
Southern District 7 3A, 1974-1976
Southern District 7 2A, 1977-2000
Midwest 2A, 2001-2004
Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A,
2005-2008
CatawbaValleyAthletic 2A, 2009-2012
DRAUGHN (1)
CatawbaValleyAthletic 2A, 2009-2012
EAST BURKE (4)
Division 10 4A, 1978
Western 4A, 1979-1984
Northwestern 4A, 1985-2008
CatawbaValleyAthletic 2A, 2009-2012
FRED T. FOARD (9)
Southern District 7 2A, 1959-1973
Southern District 7 3A, 1974-1976
Southern District 7 2A, 1977-1984
Big Six 3A, 1985-1992
Western Piedmont 3A, 1993-1996
Western Foothills 3A, 1997-2000
Southwestern Foothills 3A, 2001-2004
Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A,
2005-2008
Northwestern 3A-4A, 2009-2012
FREEDOM (4)
Division 10 4A, 1978
Western 4A, 1979-1984
Northwestern 4A, 1985-2008
South Mountain Athletic 2A-3A,
2009- 20012
HIBRITEN (6)
Northwestern 3A, 1978-1984
Big Six 3A, 1985-1992
Southern District 7 2A, 1993-2000
Mountain Valley 2A, 2001-2004
Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A,
2005-2008
Northwestern 3A-4A, 2009-2012
HICKORY (8)
Division 10 4A, 1978
Western 4A, 1979-1984
Northwestern 4A, 1985-1992
Western Piedmont 3A, 1993-1996
Western Foothills 3A, 1997-2000
Southwestern Foothills 3A, 2001-2004
Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A,
2005-2008
Northwestern 3A-4A, 2009-2012
MAIDEN (7)
Southern District 7 2A, 1959-1973
Southern District 7 3A, 1974-1976
Southern District 7 2A, 1977-1996
Southern Piedmont 1A-2A, 1997-2000
Southern Foothills 1A, 2001-2004
Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A,
2005-2008
CatawbaValleyAthletic2A, 2009-2012.
NEWTON-CONOVER (6)
Southern District 7 3A, 1974-1976
Western Piedmont 3A, 1977-1980
Southern District 7 2A, 1981-2000
Midwest 2A, 2001-2004
Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A,
2005-2008
CatawbaValleyAthletic 2A, 2009-2012
PATTON (2)
Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A,
2007-2008
South Mountain Athletic 2A-3A,
2009-2012
ST. STEPHENS (10)
Southern District 7 2A, 1959-1973
Southern District 7 3A, 1974-1976
Western Piedmont 3A, 1977-1981
Northwestern 3A, 1982-1984
Big Six 3A, 1985-1992
Western Piedmont 3A, 1993-1996
Western Foothills 3A, 1997-2000
Southwestern Foothills 3A, 2001-2004
Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A,
2005-2008
Northwestern 3A-4A, 2009-2012
SOUTH CALDWELL (7)
Northwestern 3A, 1977-78
Western 4A, 1979-1984
Northwestern 4A, 1985-1992
Western Piedmont 3A, 1993-1996
Western Foothills 3A, 1997-2000
Northwestern 4A, 2001-2008
Northwestern 3A-4A, 2009-2012
WEST CALDWELL (6)
Northwestern 3A, 197-1984
Big Six 3A, 1985-1992
Southern District 7 2A, 1993-2000
MountainValley 2A, 2001-2004
Catawba Valley Athletic 2A-3A,
2005-2009
CatawbaValleyAthletic 2A, 2009-2012
Other schools that have been
members of the SD-7 2A or SD-7
3A: Bessemer City, 1977-1992; Chase,
1989-1992; Cherryville, 1977-1992; East
Lincoln, 1967-1980; Gamewell-Col-
letsville, 1959-1976; Granite Falls, 1959-
1976; Hildebran, 1959-1976; Lincolnton,
1974-1976; Mooresville, 1985-1992;
Statesville, 1997-2000; West Lincoln,
1962-1992; West Iredell, 1997-2000.
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Some of the key games of
the 2013 season:
AUG. 23
East Burke at Free-
dom: Fat Friday easily the
biggest game traditionally in
Burke County
comes early.
Its on opening
night and the
series turns 40.
The Cavs
and Patriots
havent been in
the same conference since
2008 but it doesnt have to
be a league game to be big.
After winning three
straight in the series
42-14 last season in Icard
Freedomleads it 21-18.
But the Cavs have won two
of their last three trips to
Morganton.
AUG. 30
Hickory at South
Iredell: The rst road game
for Hickory with Mike Helms
as head coach
is a doozy.
The Red
Tornadoes
are headed to
BariumSprings,
where they
have won two
previous games by a 101-13
margin, for the rst time
since 1999.
The Vikings are the de-
fending state 2AAchampi-
ons and they will be looking
for their rst victory over the
Red Tornadoes in the fth
game of the series.
SEPT. 6
Newton-Conover at
Hickory: The Red Devils will
seek their third consecu-
tive victory in
Barger Stadium
in the 71st game
of the series
(Hickory leads
46-22-2).
The game is
as big a part of
the fabric of rivalry football in
the Greater Hickory area as
any other game, perhaps the
granddaddy of the area rivalry
games since it dates back to a
rst meeting in 1923.
Hickory snapped a four-
game losing streak in the
series last season, winning
21-15 at Newton-Conover.
SEPT. 13
Freedom at Newton-
Conover: An intriguing non-
conference matchup, with
the Patriots and
Red Devils play-
ing each other
for the rst time
(in records that
date back to
1980).
Its a battle
between two established
programs that had great
years a season ago Free-
domhas won 10 or more
games three straight years
and Newton-Conover nine in
Brint Russells rst season
as head coach.
Howgood have they both
been? Via winning percent-
age over the last 30 seasons,
the Red Devils (.680) rank
No. 2 in the Greater Hickory
area and the Patriots rank
No. 4 (.623).
SEPT. 20
Maiden at South
Caldwell: Ahighlight non-
conference game between
schools that
havent met
before, and it
features two of
the top return-
ing players in
the Greater
Hickory area.
South Caldwell run-
ning back Zac Pollard, the
regions leading returning
rusher, leads the Spartans.
He was the 2012 HDR Sports
Offensive Player of the Year.
Defensive back Ricky
Taylor of Maiden, who plays
both ways, was HDR Sports
Defensive Player of the Year.
Maiden has played the
schools that were con-
solidated to formSouth
Caldwell in the late 1970s
Granite Falls and Hudson
but that was about 35
years ago.
SEPT. 27
South Caldwell at
Hibriten: Agame that
could go a long way toward
determining the
Northwestern
3A-4Achampi-
onship.
The Spartans
and Panthers
have met 33
times since
1980 and the series stands
at 17-15-1 Spartans with
South Caldwell winning two
straight after a string of four
straight wins by Hibriten.
South Caldwell won 36-29
at Hibriten last season, and
this one could be just as close.
OCT. 4
Newton-Conover at
Maiden: Its a game retired
Red Devils head coach Don
Patrick once
said no one in
China probably
cares about, but
its a date that
gets circled on
calendars every
season.
If anyone needs to be re-
minded of who has the cur-
rent braggin rights and
no one probably does its
Maiden. The Blue Devils won
38-28 at home last season,
snapping a three-game win
streak by Newton-Conover
in games played at Maiden.
The overall series record
is Maiden up 22-20-1, with
the Blue Devils winning two
straight after six straight
wins by the Red Devils.
Freedom at Hickory:
Pick your storyline, but best
among themwill still likely
be newHHS
head coach
Mike Helms
facing his old
school for the
rst time since
changing jobs.
It has
added spice because its a
Northwestern 3A-4Agame
and also the rst league
matchup of the Patriots and
Red Tornadoes since they
were together in the North-
western 4Ain 1992.
Freedomand Hickory have
a 23-game history, with
Hickorys 12-11 edge includ-
ing winning the rst ve
times they met.
OCT. 11
South Caldwell at
Hickory: Certainly could be
another big factor game in
the Northwest-
ern 3A-4Atitle
chase.
South Caldwell
has won three
straight over the
RedTornadoes
the Spartans
won 41-30in Hudson last
season and this will be the
33rd game in the series.
Hickory is 25-7 against the
Spartans.
OCT. 18
Maiden at Bandys:
Game No. 61 in a famous se-
ries provides the Blue Devils
an opportunity
to run their win
streak over the
Trojans to four.
If preseason
predictions
prove accurate,
this game out-
come could determine fourth
place as Newton-Conover,
East Lincoln and Lincolnton
(in some order) are projected
to nish 1-2-3 in the Southern
District 7 Athletic 2A.
Maiden won 7-0 last sea-
son at Maiden in the lowest-
scoring game since the Blue
Devils won 6-3 on their own
eld in 1995.
Hickory at St. Ste-
phens: Former Hickory
assistant coach Wayne
Hicks welcomes
his old school
and biggest
rival for a
Northwestern
3A-4Agame.
This is
traditionally the
game the Indians want to
win more than any other, but
Hickory has dominated the
series by winning 17 of the
last 19 matchups.
The Red Tornadoes visited
St. Stephens last season and
won 10-0, with that victory
stretching their win streak
on the Indians home eld to
10 in a row.
East Lincoln at New-
ton-Conover: It could turn
out to be THE game in the
Southern Dis-
trict 7 Athletic
2Arace.
East Lincoln
is coming off
a state cham-
pionship and
is considered
the conference favorite. The
Mustangs have won their last
two over the Red Devils but
only three of the last 11 overall.
East Lincoln won last years
game 35-21 in Denver, N.C.
OCT. 25
Newton-Conover at
Lincolnton: Its aSouthern
District 7Athletic2Agamethat
will betheir rst
meetingsince
2004, whenthe
Wolves won13-0
at home.
TheWolves
have a two-game
win streak in
the series, which Newton-
Conover leads 7-4since 1983.
NOV. 1
Maiden at East Lin-
coln: Another high stakes
Southern District 7 Athletic
2Agame but
the rst Blue
Devils-Mus-
tangs game
since 1996.
East Lincoln
won 14-8 the
last time these
two played at East Lincoln
(in 1995), and thats the lone
Mustangs victory in the last
nine games in the series.
NOV. 8
Newton-Conover at
Bandys: The Red Devils and
Trojans, both in the Southern
District 7 Athletic 2A, will
meet for the third time in
two seasons in a series that
began with New-
ton-Conover
winning the rst
12 games.
Game No. 30
will give the Red
Devils a shot
at their third
straight road win in newly
renovated Butler Stadium.
Newton-Conover won last
seasons regular season
Catawba Valley Athletic 2A
game 35-14 at Gurley Sta-
dium, but Bandys turned the
tide in a state playoff game
at Gurley and won 49-24.
Lincolnton at Maiden:
The next city down U.S.
321 fromthe little town of
Maiden is Lin-
colnton. Nuff
said.
Its already
an intense
rivalry and the
stakes go higher
because the
Wolves and Blue Devils are in
the same conference the
Southern District 7Athletic 2A
for the rst time since 1976.
In fact, this will be the
rst time the schools have
met in a league game as 2A
schools. In the years they
played each other in the old
SD-7, the whole conference
played up in class 3A.
Lincolnton won a non-
league season opener over
the Blue Devils 9-7 last
season in Lincolnton.
Fred T. Foard at St.
Stephens: Something like
determining a nal state
playoff slot or
one having a
chance to elimi-
nate the other
fromplayoff
contention is
often part of
this rivalry.
The rivals have battled 31
times in the last 33 years
with Foard winning 17 times
and the Indians 14 times.
St. Stephens won 35-13
last season at Foard.
CHRIS HOBBS
2013 Weekly Schedule
GAMES TOWATCH
(all games at 7:30 p.m.)
AUG. 23
Alexander Central at Watauga
Ashbrook at Burns
Bandys at St. Stephens
Chase at Newton-Conover (E)
Cherryville at Bunker Hill
Draughn at W. Lincoln
E. Burke at Freedom
E. Lincoln at E. Gaston
Asheville Erwin at E. Rutherford
Hunter Huss at Kings Mountain
Maiden at Fred T. Foard
McDowell at R-S Central
N. Lincoln at Lincolnton
N. Mecklenburg at Lake Norman (E)
Patton at Mountain Heritage
Shelby at Polk County
South Point at Crest
S. Rowan at S. Iredell
Statesville at Hickory
W. Caldwell at N. Wilkes
W. Iredell at Hibriten
W. Rowan at Mooresville
Wilkes Central at N. Iredell
AUG. 30
Bunker Hill at St. Stephens
Burns at Hunter Huss
Crest at Ashbrook
E. Rutherford at N. Gaston
Fred T. Foard at Bandys
Freedomat Draughn
Hickory at S. Iredell
Kings Mountain at E. Gaston
Lake Norman at Hopewell
Mooresville at Hough
Newton-Conover at Lexington
N. Iredell at Forbush
Patton at E. Burke
Q Foundation at E. Lincoln
A.C. Reynolds at Shelby
South Point at Lincolnton
Watauga at Ashe County
W. Caldwell at S. Caldwell
W. Iredell at Maiden
W. Lincoln at N. Lincoln
Wilkes Central at Hibriten
SEPT. 6
Bandys at Chase
Burns at Freedom(E)
Cherryville at W. Lincoln
Draughn at Patton
E. Rutherford at Wayneville Tuscola
Fred T. Foard at Bunker Hill
Forestviewat Kings Mountain
Hibriten at W. Caldwell
Hopewell at Mooresville
Hough at Lake Norman
Lincolnton at N. Gaston
McDowell at E. Burke
Newton-Conover at Hickory
N. Iredell at W. Wilkes
N. Lincoln at E. Lincoln
N. Rowan at Statesville
R-S Central at Polk County
Shelby at South Point
S. Caldwell at Alexander Central
S. Iredell at Starmount
SEPT. 13
South Mountain Athletic 2A-3A
Burns at Chase
Draughn at Crest
E. Rutherford at Kings Mountain
Shelby at R-S Central
Others
Alexander Central at Bandys (E)
Bessemer City at N. Lincoln
Bunker Hill at W. Iredell
E. Gaston at Lincolnton
E. Lincoln at Forestview
E. Wilkes at N. Iredell
Freedomat Newton-Conover
Hibriten at Ashe County (E)
Lake Norman at Salisbury
Patton at Davidson Day
St. Stephens at Maiden
Statesville at W. Forsyth
Mooresville at Hickory (E)
Watauga at Avery County
W. Caldwell at Enka (E)
W. Lincoln at Fred T. Foard
Wilkes Central at S. Caldwell
SEPT. 20
South Mountain Athletic 2A-3A
Chase at Shelby
E. Burke at E. Rutherford
Kings Mountain at Burns
R-S Central at Draughn
Others
Crest at Asheville Roberson
Elkin at W. Iredell (E)
Lexington at Statesville
Maiden at S. Caldwell
Salisbury at S. Iredell
St. Stephens at Alexander Central
Wilkes Central at Watauga (E)
SEPT. 27
Southern District 7 2A
E. Lincoln at Bandys
Lincolnton at W. Lincoln
Maiden at Bunker Hill
W. Caldwell at Newton-Conover
South Mountain Athletic 2A-3A
Burns at E. Burke
Crest at R-S Central
Draughn at Chase
Shelby at Kings Mountain
Northwestern 3A-4A
Fred T. Foard at Freedom
Hickory at Patton
St. Stephens at Watauga
S. Caldwell at Hibriten
North Piedmont 3A-4A
Alexander Central at Lake Norman
Mooresville at Statesville
N. Iredell at W. Iredell
S. Iredell at N. Lincoln
OCT. 4
Southern District 7 2A
Bandys at W. Caldwell
E. Lincoln at Lincolnton
Newton-Conover at Maiden
W. Lincoln at Bunker Hill
South Mountain Athletic 2A-3A
Chase at Crest
E. Burke at Shelby
E. Rutherford at Burns
Kings Mountain at Draughn
Northwestern 3A-4A
Freedomat Hickory
Hibriten at St. Stephens
Patton at S. Caldwell
Watauga at Fred T. Foard
North Piedmont 3A-4A
Mooresville at N. Iredell
N. Lincoln at Alexander Central
S. Iredell at W. Iredell
Statesville at Lake Norman
OCT. 11
Southern District 7 2A
Bandys at Lincolnton
Bunker Hill at E. Lincoln
Maiden at W. Caldwell
W. Lincoln at Newton-Conover
South Mountain Athletic 2A-3A
Crest at Kings Mountain
Draughn at E. Burke
R-S Central at Chase
Shelby at E. Rutherford
Northwestern 3A-4A
Fred T. Foard at Hibriten
Freedomat Watauga
St. Stephens at Patton
S. Caldwell at Hickory
North Piedmont 3A-4A
Alexander Central at Mooresville
Lake Norman at S. Iredell
N. Lincoln at N. Iredell
W. Iredell at Statesville
OCT. 18
Southern District 7 2A
E. Lincoln at Newton-Conover
Lincolnton at Bunker Hill
Maiden at Bandys
W. Caldwell at W. Lincoln
South Mountain Athletic 2A-3A
Burns at Shelby
E. Burke at Crest
E. Rutherford at Draughn
Kings Mountain at R-S Central
Northwestern 3A-4A
Hibriten at Watauga
Hickory at St. Stephens
Patton at Fred T. Foard
S. Caldwell at Freedom
North Piedmont 3A-4A
Alexander Central at Statesville
Mooresville at N. Lincoln
N. Iredell at S. Iredell
W. Iredell at Lake Norman
Others
N. Gaston at Chase
OCT. 25
Southern District 7 2A
Bunker Hill at Bandys
Newton-Conover at Lincolnton
W. Caldwell at E. Lincoln
W. Lincoln at Maiden
South Mountain Athletic 2A-3A
Crest at E. Rutherford
Chase at Kings Mountain
Draughn at Burns
R-S Central at E. Burke
Northwestern 3A-4A
Fred T. Foard at Hickory
Hibriten at Freedom
St. Stephens at S. Caldwell
Watauga at Patton
North Piedmont 3A-4A
Lake Norman at N. Lincoln
Mooresville at W. Iredell
S. Iredell at Alexander Central
Statesville at N. Iredell
NOV. 1
Southern District 7 2A
Bandys at W. Lincoln
Bunker Hill at Newton-Conover
Lincolnton at W. Caldwell
Maiden at E. Lincoln
South Mountain Athletic 2A-3A
Burns at Crest
E. Burke at Chase
E. Rutherford at R-S Central
Shelby at Draughn
Northwestern 3A-4A
Freedomat St. Stephens
Hickory at Watauga
Patton at Hibriten
S. Caldwell at Fred T. Foard
North Piedmont 3A-4A
Alexander Central at W. Iredell
N. Lincoln at Statesville
N. Iredell at Lake Norman
S. Iredell at Mooresville
NOV. 8
Southern District 7 2A
Newton-Conover at Bandys
E. Lincoln at W. Lincoln
Lincolnton at Maiden
W. Caldwell at Bunker Hill
South Mountain Athletic 2A-3A
Chase at E. Rutherford
Crest at Shelby
Kings Mountain at E. Burke
R-S Central at Burns
Northwestern 3A-4A
Fred T. Foard at St. Stephens
Freedomat Patton
Hickory at Hibriten
Watauga at S. Caldwell
North Piedmont 3A-4A
Lake Norman at Mooresville
N. Iredell at Alexander Central
Statesville at S. Iredell
W. Iredell at N. Lincoln
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
2013 HICKORY ROSTER
Head Coach: Mike Helms (103-81, 15 years;
0-0 at Hickory, rst year)
Last Years Record: 8-5
No. Player Ht. Wt. Pos. Grade
4 Jaquan Crawford 5-11 175 QB-DB Soph.
5 Jonathan Reid 5-7 155 WR-DB Sr.
6 Jahiz Linebarger 5-9 180 RB-DB Sr.
7 Cameron Stinson 5-10 185 WR-DB Sr.
9 Cole Cumberlander 5-9 155 RB-WR Jr.
11 TimAbernathy 6-0 175 WR-DB Sr.
12 Brandon Helms 6-4 185 QB-WR Jr.
14 Pat Creech 5-11 180 WR-DB Sr.
20 Darian Jolly 5-8 160 WR-DB Sr.
21 Darius Hoover 5-9 155 WRDB Jr.
22 Ethan Flemming 6-1 185 QB-LB Jr.
23 Ryan Honeycutt 6-2 187 WR-LB Jr.
24 Shakeed Washington 5-10 190 FB-DB Sr.
30 Mykell Lineberger 6-3 210 WR-LB Soph.
31 Corey Stinson 6-1 190 RB-LB Sr.
32 Austin Hamilton 5-10 190 FB-LB Sr.
34 Terrin Rowland 5-9 185 RB-DB Sr.
35 Alex Roberts 6-0 165 WR-LB Jr.
40 Isiah Bane 5-11 190 FB-LB Jr.
41 Nathaniel Taylor 5-11 187 TE-DL Soph.
42 Khalil Rutherford 5-9 187 WR-LB Jr.
45 Nate Surbaugh 6-1 190 TE-DL Sr.
50 Tevan Lowe 5-9 240 OL-DL Sr.
52 Kayland Smith 5-11 195 OL-LB Sr.
54 Landon Dickerson 6-3 270 OL-DL Soph,
55 Charles Kincaid 6-1 285 OL-DL Soph.
60 Tavior Imes 5-11 250 OL-DL Jr.
70 Thomas Propst 6-1 245 OL-DL Jr.
74 Chase Webb 6-1 225 OL-DL Jr.
75 Carson Freeman 6-1 260 OL-DL Sr.
76 Erick Valadez 6-2 245 OL-DL Sr.
79 Cody Roten 6-0 265 OL-DL Sr.
80 Garron Lytton 6-2 245 TE-DL Sr.
83 Marcos Vargas 5-9 155 K Sr.
84 Saquan Allred 6-1 175 WR-DB Jr.
88 Kelsey Farabee 6-2 245 TE-DL Jr.
Assistant coaches: Forrest Blake, Billy Whisenant, Michael
Watkins, Jonathan Setzer, Jeff Kiziah, Richard Parker, Randy Fox,
Mike Mackie, Todd Teague.
2013 HICKORY SCHEDULE
Aug. 23
Statesville, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 30
at S. Iredell, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6
Newton-Conover, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13
Mooresville (Endowment), 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27
at PATTON, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4
FREEDOM, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11
S. CALDWELL, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18
at ST. STEPHENS, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25
FREDT. FOARD, 7:30 p.m. (Homecoming)
Nov. 1
at WATAUGA, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8
at HIBRITEN, 7:30 p.m.
DOYOU REMEMBER?
Alook back at 20 seasons ago (1993) and 10 seasons ago (2003)
in Red Tornadoes football history (statistical totals are unofcial):
1993
After a .500 season the year before in his rst season at Hickory,
Bob Hannas nal season there as head coach included only one
win and 10 consecutive losses after beating Statesville 14-10 in the
opener.
The Red Tornadoes scored 14 or fewer points eight times they
were shut out ve times and the closest they got to beating
anyone other than Statesville came in a 28-22 double overtime
loss to Fred T. Foard.
QB Theo Streeter threwfor six TD passes, and RB Tim Holland
had a team-high seven rushing TDs.
Hanna later resigned to become head coach at Lumberton and
former HHS assistant David Elder, who had hoped to get the job
two years prior when Larry Wittenberg left, was named the next
head coach.
2003
Ateamfeaturing current Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Suc-
cop won 10 games in John Worleys rst season as head coach.
The Red Tornadoes were 5-1 in the Southwestern Foothills 3A,
nishing second, and ended up 10-3 after a second-round state
3AAplayoff loss at Crest.
Succop, who went on to play college football at South Carolina,
hit seven eld goals that season. His booming kicks included a 53-
yarder against South Caldwell in a 30-14 victory at Lenoir-Rhyne
University.
QB Chris Rogers accounted for 16 scores nine of thempass-
ing and threwfor 923 yards and added 97 carries for 449 yards
rushing. He threwseven of those scoring passes over two games,
a 58-10 victory at home against R-S Central and in a 56-0 win over
St. Stephens, also at Barger Stadium, the next game.
Compiled by Chris Hobbs
Hickory RedTornadoes
Helms
OFFENSE
Returning starters: 2.
The Red Tornadoes will run: Twin
I, Spread.
THE RUNNING GAME
Leading returning rushers: Corey
Stinson, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Sr.
(59-558, 5 TDs)
The scoop: The Red Tornadoes
return Corey Stinson, who started
ve games at the beginning of last
season. Jahiz Linebarger (5-9, 180,
Sr.) and ShakeedWashington (5-10,
190, Sr.) will also see action at run-
ning back. Big Landon Dickerson
(6-3, 270, Soph.) will be counted
on heavily to open holes for the
offense.
THE PASSING GAME
Leading returning passer: none.
Leading returning receivers: Tim
Abernathy, 6-0, 175, Sr. (27-352, 2
TDs) and Jonathon Reid, 5-7, 155,
Sr. (13-174, 3 TDs)
The scoop: Abernathy and Reid
return at wide receiver, but the
quarterback position is still up for
grabs. The Red Tornadoes must
replace Matt Williams, last years
starter at quarterback who trans-
ferred to Fred T. Foard.
Three players Ethan Fleming
and Jaquan Crawford, up from last
years HHS junior varsity, and Bran-
don Helms are battling for the
spot. Helms, the son of head coach
Mike Helms, played JV football last
season at Freedom.
STRENGTHS/CONCERNS
The biggest strength on offense
could be the teams speed.
Said Helms: I think when you
look at our roster we have some
quality running backs, some quality
receivers and some linemen that are
going to be very good.
Our skill players are probably our
strength, along with our speed. At
those positions, we have someone
to put in there if someone gets hurt.
Our biggest concern is depth on
the offensive line. We dont have
depth on either side of the ball up
front that we can lose any to injury
and be as good.
TOP PERSONNEL
Key returnees: Jonathon Reid,
WR, Sr.; Tim Abernathy, WR, Sr.; Co-
rey Stinson, RB, Sr.; Ryan Honeycutt,
WR, Jr.
Top newcomers: Jahiz Linebarger,
RB, Sr.; Jaquan Crawford, QB, Soph.;
Brandon Helms, QB, Jr.; Ethan
Fleming, QB, Jr.
THE WORD
Coach Helms says: I think just
learning a new system from what
we did at Freedom and at North-
west Cabarrus and had tremendous
success with will work well for us
Once we learn it and get comfort-
able with it, then I think weve got a
chance to be pretty good.
Obviously, saying that, we will
have to stay away from injuries.
Hickory is probably the most explo-
sive team Ive ever coached. How-
ever, we also have the least depth in
some areas that Ive ever coached,
especially in the line.
DEFENSE
Returning starters: 4.
The Red Tornadoes will run: 4-3.
THE RUNNING GAME
Hickory allowed 21 rushing TDs
and 165.2 yards per game last
season, second in the Northwestern
3A-4A.
The scoop: The Red Tornadoes
will be solid up front, led by defen-
sive lineman ErickValadez (6-2, 242,
Sr.) and at linebacker by Pat Creech
(5-11, 180, Sr.), but depth will be the
biggest concern up front.
THE PASSING GAME
Only Fred T. Foard and South
Caldwell allowed fewer passing
yards per game than the Red Torna-
does last season (88.6 with 12 TDs),
and Hickorys secondary did a good
job of making hits after the catch.
The average gain on a catch for op-
ponents last year was 13 yards.
The scoop: Seniors Shakeed
Washington (5-10, 190) and Cam-
eron Stinson (5-10, 185) will be back
at cornerback and will probably be
the strong part of the Red Torna-
does defense.
STRENGTHS/CONCERNS
I think defensively our biggest
key is our depth in the secondary,
Mike Helms said. Our secondary
should be good and be the strength
of our defense. I like our linebacker
play; weve got three or four good
linebackers in there with good
speed.
The defensive line will be pretty
good but the depth issue is a big
concern. I feel like the 11 we put out
there on defense can be pretty good,
but the rst four or ve weeks they
will be key to what we do.
If they can keep us in the game, I
feel like we can be pretty good.
TOP PERSONNEL
Key returnees: Cameron Stinson,
CB, Sr.; ShakeedWashington, DB,
Sr.; Pat Creech, LB, Sr.; ErickValadez,
DL, Sr.
Top newcomers: Garron Lytton,
DE, Sr.
THE WORD
Coach Helms says: My concern
defensively is linemen or a lack of
depth at line on both sides of the
ball. But were going to do what we
need to do to make it work.
One of the biggest keys is being
able to adapt and learn a new style
of play. Were probably going to
blitz more and were going to use
our speed to our advantage and in
doing so are our guys going to react
positively to it?
If you look at us, great teams have
great defenses. ... You have to have
offense, but you have to have a great
defense, and if you look at us after
weeks three or four, it will be How
did the defense play?
If they play pretty good then
chances are were going to be OK
when we get into the conference.
And if we didnt play good, then
theres probably some concerns.
WHATS IN STORE?
The Red Tornadoes have a new
head coach in Mike Helms, who had
tremendous success as the head
coach at Freedom.
I think we can be very explosive
offensively and I think we will if we
stay pretty healthy, Helms said. We
have a tremendously tough open-
ing schedule. The rst four games
are very tough, so we will see how
we come out of that. If we come out
with very few injuries then when we
open conference play, we should be
OK.
Going into conference play,
you have to look at South Caldwell
because of the number of kids they
have and their size and depth. I
also think that Hibriten has a lot of
skilled kids back and has the poten-
tial to be there in the end. Freedom
also has several good players com-
ing back and could certainly be a
strong team.
And then I think you throwus in
the mix as well. I think we have a
chance to compete and hopefully
challenge some things. It will be a
tough conference, one that week in
and week out you have to play hard.
ALLEN HAYNES
NATHAN CULLITAN/FORTHE HICKORY DAILY RECORD
Corey Stinson, who returns as Hickorys leading rusher from last season, breaks away for one of his four scores in a 32-20
victory over North Gaston. He ran 13 times for a season-high 265 yards, scoring on runs of 57, 54, 66 and 29 yards.
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
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Head Coach: Wayne Hicks
(0-0, rst year)
Last years record: 2-9
No. Player Ht. Wt. Pos. Grade
2 D.J. Lynch 5-10 155 WR-DB Sr.
3 Jamar Wright 5-10 140 WR-DB Sr.
5 Jacob Burns 5-6 135 WR-DB Jr.
7 Marcus Payne 5-8 140 RB-DB Jr.
8 Janarion Knox 6-0 210 RB-LB Jr.
10 Davon Richardson 5-10 180 RB-LB Jr.
11 Spencer Brown 5-11 180 QB-DB Soph.
14 Marshall Thomas 5-11 160 WR-DB Jr.
17 Marvin Sutton 6-0 195 QB-LB Sr.
20 Maurice Sutton 5-11 235 TE-DL Soph.
21 Kori Carlton 5-9 165 RB-DB Sr.
24 Kaelyn Phillips 5-10 160 RB-DB Sr.
29 Tommy Vo 5-9 140 K-P Sr.
30 J.P. Kinson 5-10 170 RB-LB Jr.
32 Nick Stein 5-9 145 WR-LB Jr.
33 Zach Gonzales 5-10 205 TE-DL Jr.
35 Joel Vera 5-10 170 WR-DB Sr.
40 Stephen Carpenter 6-1 225 TE-LB Sr.
44 Bryson Kirby 5-10 180 RB-LB Jr.
45 Ranger Smith 5-11 170 RB-LB Jr.
48 Geno Chambers 5-8 175 RB-LB Jr.
50 Matt Baker 5-10 250 OL-DL Sr.
51 Oscar Pimentel 5-9 190 OL-DL Jr.
54 Jon Kanupp 5-11 235 OL-DL Sr.
60 Hunter Walsh 5-10 205 OL-DL Jr.
65 Tristan Watts 6-0 225 OL-DL Jr.
68 Ivan Reyes 6-1 230 OL-DL Soph.
70 Christian Romaine 5-11 230 OL-DL Sr.
75 Dale Harshman 6-1 300 OL-DL Sr.
76 Bryson Arrowood 5-10 220 OL-DL Soph.
80 Malyk Freeman 5-8 125 WR-DB Jr.
82 Azzarita Ben 6-0 195 WR-LB Jr.
84 Lee Brown 6-0 150 WR-DB Jr.
85 John Houston 5-10 160 WR-LB Jr.
Assistant coaches: Derek Binns, Steve Frye, Todd Cook,
John Grimes, Matt Jones, Eric Mendel, Darrin Sherrill.
2013 ST. STEPHENS SCHEDULE
Aug. 23
Bandys (Endowment), 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 30
Bunker Hill, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13
at Maiden, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20
at Alexander Central, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27
at WATAUGA, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4
HIBRITEN, 7:30 p.m. (Homecoming)
Oct. 11
at PATTON, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18
HICKORY, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25
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Nov. 1
FREEDOM, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8
FREDT. FOARD, 7:30 p.m.
DOYOU REMEMBER?
Alook back at 20 seasons ago (1993) and 10 seasons ago
(2003) in Indians football history (statistical totals are unofcial):
1993
Head coach Dick Fosters seventh season with the Indians
(3-7, 2-2 Western Piedmont 3A) featured Jason Inky Harris,
who later became a college baseball star at Clemson, and
Shawn Allred on defense.
Harris, a junior, played QB and posted 632 yards rushing and
four scores and throwing for three TDs. On defense, he added
67 tackles and 52 assists, two interceptions and three fumble
recoveries, returning one of those fumbles 65 yards for a score
against East Lincoln.
Allred, a sophomore, was a defensive leader with 85 tackles,
48 assists, three interceptions, four fumble recoveries and
eight sacks.
The next season, with Harris and Allred back, the Indians
improved to 6-5.
2003
Doug Justice arrived at St. Stephens and became the rst
head coach since the early 1970s to guide the Indians to a state
playoff berth in the rst season calling the shots.
RB Adrian Young was the workhorse, carrying 233 times
for 1,534 yards and scoring 19 rushing TDs. He had one of that
seasons biggest individual nights when he scored ve rushing
TDs and ran 16 times for 307 yards as the Indians beat Fred T.
Foard 43-13.
Young scored on runs of 81, 63, 68, 9 and 23 yards in the vic-
tory over Foard, part of his 2,783 yards rushing in a three-year
varsity career at St. Stephens.
Compiled by Chris Hobbs
St. Stephens Indians
Hicks
OFFENSE
Returning starters: 4.
The Tigers will run:
Pistol Wing-T.
THE RUNNING GAME
Leading returning rush-
ers: Marvin Sutton, 6-foot,
195 pounds, Sr. (177-708,
3 TDs); Marcus Payne, 5-8,
140, Jr. (85-444, 5 TDs).
The scoop: Sutton led
St. Stephens in rushing
last year and also back are
starting running backs
Marcus Payne and Kori
Carlton, who gained 212
yards on 56 carries last
season.
THE PASSING GAME
Leading returning
passer: Marvin Sutton,
6-0, 195, Sr. (46-70-2, 294,
0 TDs).
Leading returning
receiver: D.J. Lynch, 5-10,
155, Sr. (17-101, 0 TDs)
The scoop: Sutton
returns as the starting
quarterback and will have
Lynch and Jamar Wright as
wide receivers.
The Indians passing
attack, sixth among seven
teams in the Northwestern
3A-4A last year, should
be improved with Sutton
at the helm for a second
straight season.
STRENGTHS/CONCERNS
A lack of numbers on
the varsity is our biggest
concern, said new St. Ste-
phens head coachWayne
Hicks. We only have
about 30 kids out so were
very concerned about a
lack of depth across the
board.
Our strengths offen-
sively are at running back.
Our offense is ahead of
our defense. The running
back situation is solid with
a lot of depth there but we
have to develop a passing
game that we didnt have
last year.
TOP PERSONNEL
Key returnees: Jamar
Wright, WR, Sr.; Marcus
Payne, RB, Jr.; Marvin Sut-
ton, QB, Sr.; Kori Carlton,
RB, Sr.; D.J. Lynch, WR, Sr.
Top newcomers: Java-
tion Knox, RB, Jr.; Maurice
Sutton, TE, Soph.; Bryson
Arrowood, OL, Soph.; Ivan
Reyes, OL, Soph.
THE WORD
Coach Hicks says:
Were going to end up
being a running football
team that hopefully can
develop a play-action
type passing game that
can score some points
for us.
Our strength is in our
running back situation so
were going to rely heavily
on those guys.
DEFENSE
Returning starters: 2.
The Indians will run:
Multiple 50.
THE RUNNING GAME
Opponents scored 33
rushing TDs against the
Indians last season, when
they allowed 221 yards per
game.
The scoop: The Indians
return only two defensive
starters in lineman Matt
Baker (5-10, 250, Sr.) and
linebacker Stephen Car-
penter (6-1, 225, Sr.) and
they must rely on a lot of
newcomers to improve on
stopping the run.
Our strongest leader on
our team has to be Matt
Baker that plays on both
the offensive and defen-
sive lines, Hicks said.
Hes a very strong kid that
runs well and is probably
our biggest leader out
there.
THE PASSING GAME
Statistically, the Indians
struggled to stop the pass
last year, nishing sixth
among seven teams in
the Northwestern 3A-4A.
The 115.9 yards per game
allowed by St. Stephens
was sixth in the league
and opponents complet-
ed 58.1 percent of their
passes.
The scoop: The Indians
have to replace the entire
secondary so they will be
very inexperienced and
depth is also a concern.
STRENGTHS/CONCERNS
We have a lot of con-
cerns about defense right
now, Hicks said. Weve
got a new system and at
this point still havent
had much consistency on
defense. There just arent
any real returning starters
on defense so we really
have to accelerate very
quickly.
TOP PERSONNEL
Key returnees: Matt
Baker, DL, Sr.; Stephen
Carpenter, LB, Sr.
Top newcomers:
Janarion Knox, LB, Jr.
THE WORD
Coach Hicks says: I
think the guys will steadily
improve, particularly with
a new system. As we get
to know the players better
and make sure we get
them situated right well
get better.
Were still trying to
gure out what each kids
strength is and where we
can best put them to help
our team.
WHATS IN STORE?
A number of challenges
face the Indians heading
into the new season.
With a new coach and
a lot of inexperienced
players, battling in the
Northwestern 3A-4A will
be tough.
You always have to
look to the returning
champion, which is South
Caldwell, until you knock
them off the throne,
Hicks said. I also see
Freedom as being a very
strong team and someone
to contend for the confer-
ence title since they went
so deep in the playoffs last
year.
Another team that has
a lot of returning starters
and might be behind the
scene is Hibriten.
The Indians must
improve both offensively
and defensively after a 2-9
record last year. They aver-
aged only 8.4 points per
game while giving up 32.8.
ALLEN HAYNES
ERNIE MASCHE/FORTHE HICKORY DAILY RECORD
Running back Kori Carlton, who is back this season for St. Stephens, tries to escape from Newton-Conovers Sam England last
season in a 50-3 victory by the Red Devils at St. Stephens. Carlton ran for 212 yards a year ago for the Indians.
ERNIE MASCHE/FORTHE HICKORY DAILY RECORD
New St. Stephens head coach Wayne Hicks says Matt Baker
(52), who chased down quarterback Matt Williams of Hickory
in a 10-0 loss last year, will be one of the Indians defensive
leaders this season.
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
2013 FREDT. FOARD ROSTER
Head Coach: TomHarper
(50-55, 9 years; 0-0 at Foard, rst year)
Last years record: 2-8
No. Player Ht. Wt. Pos. Grade
1 Khalil Green 5-8 145 RB-DB Soph.
2 Brian Teague 6-0 185 WR-DB Sr.
3 Josh Johnson 5-9 165 WR-DB Jr.
4 Matt Williams 6-1 190 QB-DB Jr.
5 Zach Whiteld 5-9 160 WR-DB Jr.
6 Shaquille Patterson 5-11 155 WR-DB Sr.
7 Ryan Campbell 6-2 170 WR-DB Jr.
8 Jackson Bass 6-2 215 QB-LB Jr.
9 Anthony Gibbs 5-9 150 WR-DB Jr.
11 Dylan Brigman 6-1 170 WR-LB Sr.
12 Eric Hampel 6-0 180 WR-DB Sr.
15 Jacob Schmidt 5-11 185 RB-LB Jr.
21 Cameron Lauterbach 5-8 150 WR-DB Jr.
22 Christian Ceccato 5-8 140 WR-DB Jr.
24 Deante Powell 5-9 170 WR-DB Jr.
26 Tate Fleming 5-9 155 WR-DB Jr.
30 Brandon Johnson 5-6 160 WR-LB Sr.
35 Alex Leatherman 5-9 155 WR-DB Jr.
40 Jody Willis 5-10 165 RB-LB Jr.
42 Christian Whitmore 5-11 188 RB-LB Jr.
44 Charlie Bailey 5-11 170 WR-LB Jr.
48 C.J. Moretz 5-9 135 WR-LB Sr.
51 Cameron Wilfong 5-10 205 OL-DL Soph.
53 Alexay Mora 5-7 165 OL-DL Jr.
54 Dylan Curtis 6-0 240 OL-DL Jr.
55 Ryan Christopher 6-2 220 OL-DL Jr.
60 Alex Doolittle 6-2 205 OL-DL Jr.
61 Austin Elliott 5-10 190 OL-DL Jr.
62 Christian Ohmer 6-1 210 OL-DL Sr.
68 Alex Lusk 6-1 210 OL-DL Sr.
70 Willis Reid 5-11 215 OL-DL Jr.
71 Aaron Owensby 6-1 215 OL-DL Sr.
74 AndrewLusk 6-1 215 OL-DL Sr.
75 Chris Mays 6-1 230 OL-DL Sr.
77 Tanner Pennington 6-5 250 OL-DL Soph.
81 Nick Russell 5-8 155 WR-DB Jr.
82 Dyan Ward 5-8 140 WR-DB Jr.
84 Cole Rhoney 5-11 145 WR-LB Sr.
85 Bailey Martin 6-3 170 WR-LB Jr.
88 Seth Jarrett 6-0 190 TE-LB Jr.
Assistant coaches: Marcus Greer, Clifton Price, Jeb Bass,
Garrett Huffman, Mike Banther, Scott Williams, Matt Hastings,
Samy Shreitah, Kyle Bradshaw.
2013 FREDT. FOARD SCHEDULE
Aug. 23
Maiden, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 30
at Bandys, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6
at Bunker Hill, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13
W. Lincoln, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27
at FREEDOM, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4
WATAUGA, 7:30 p.m. (Homecoming)
Oct. 11
at HIBRITEN, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18
PATTON, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25
at HICKORY, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1
S. CALDWELL, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8
at ST. STEPHENS, 7:30 p.m.
DOYOU REMEMBER?
Alook back at 20 seasons ago (1993) and 10 seasons ago (2003)
in Tigers football history (statistical totals are unofcial):
1993
QB Bryan Lentz, who eventually also played at Newton-Conover,
led the Tony Paroli-coached Tigers to a 2-2 record and tie for
second place in the Western Piedmont 3A.
The Tigers went 3-7 overall, beating Bunker Hill 52-46 in a
season-opening nonconference game in Parolis fourth season at
Foard after he had left Myers Park to return to Catawba County (he
had previously been head coach at Bandys).
Lentz, who went on to play college basketball at Lenoir-Rhyne
University for his dad (John), threw13 TD passes that season and
had his biggest game in that season-opener scoring passes of
38, 60, 54 and 42 yards and he accounted for 32 of the Tigers
52 points.
Marlon Price was Bryan Lentzs favorite target, catching six TD
passes in 10 games.
2003
Ryan Gettys rst season as head coach featured QB Samy
Shreitah nowa Foard assistant coach for Tom Harper having
a very good season even though the Tigers went 0-6 in the South-
western Foothills 3Aand 1-10 overall.
Shreitah completed 146 of 311 passes for 1,638 yards and nine
scores and added 86 rushes for 147 yards and three TDs. He had
two big games, completing 16 passes for 326 yards and one score
in a 56-21 home loss to Bunker Hill and connecting on 22 of 37 for
279 yards at South Caldwell in a 39-25 loss.
Shreitah provided 64.4 percent of Foards total offense that
season, when the Tigers cleared 300 in ve games.
Compiled by Chris Hobbs
Fred T. Foard Tigers
Harper
OFFENSE
Returning starters: 5.
The Tigers will run:
Spread.
THE RUNNING GAME
Leading returning
rusher: Jacob Schmidt,
5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Jr.
(87-256, 5 TDs).
The scoop: Schmidt
makes the move from
quarterback to tailback
and will be joined in the
backeld by sophomore
Khalil Green. Seniors
Alex Lusk and Andrew
Lusk along with Christian
Ohmer will anchor an
experienced offensive line
for a ground attack that
averaged nearly 146 yards
a game last season and ran
for 13 touchdowns.
THE PASSING GAME
Leading returning
passers: Matt Williams,
6-1, 190, Jr. (119-215-6,
1,588, 12 TDs playing for
Hickory); Schmidt (28-63-
8, 380, 4 TDs).
Leading returning
receivers: Eric Hampel,
6-0, 180, Sr. (3-23, 0 TDs,);
Ryan Campbell, 6-2, 170,
Jr.
The scoop: The Tigers
air attack managed just
617 yards and ve TDs a
season ago, but a switch
to the spread offense and
the Northwestern 3A-4As
top thrower last year could
make for a more potent
throwing game. Williams
transferred from Hickory
and will take the reins of
the Foard offense after
leading the conference
in passing yards (1,588),
yards per game (122.1)
and touchdowns (12) last
season for the Red Torna-
does.
STRENGTHS/CONCERNS
Williams isnt the only
one from Hickory mak-
ing the move to Foard.
Head coach Tom Harper
takes over the Tigers pro-
gram after spending last
season at Hickory and
will be implementing
an entirely new scheme
in the spread offense he
brings with him.
We want to be effective
and balanced in our ap-
proach, but we still want
to be strong at running
the ball, said Harper. We
want to be able to control
the ball when we need
to and keep it out of our
opponents hands, and
we want to make the lines
on both sides of the ball
the strength of our team
mentally and physically.
Right now, everyone is
learning a new offense,
and we want to do what
we can to minimize our
mistakes and make every-
thing as simple as possible
for the guys to learn the
system.
TOP PERSONNEL
Key returnees: Jacob
Schmidt, RB, Jr.; Alex Lusk,
OL, Sr.; Andrew Lusk, OL,
Sr.; Christian Ohmer, OL,
Sr.
Top newcomers: Matt
Williams, QB, Jr.; Khalil
Green, RB, Soph., Seth Jar-
rett, TE, Jr.; Tate Fleming,
WR, Jr.
THE WORD
Coach Harper says: I
love our approach, and
the kids have embraced
the fact that its a new
attitude and new day. The
kids are excited and have
invested with their time
and work in the summer,
and were doing every-
thing we can to put play-
ers in the right positions
to be successful.
Were also trying to
teach the kids how to
play fast. In order for us
to be successful, we need
to play as fast as we are
capable of playing.
DEFENSE
Returning starters: 2.
The Tigers will run: 4-3.
THE RUNNING GAME
A season ago, Foard
topped the conference
in pass defense, allowing
opponents to throw for
just more than 87 yards a
game. But a stingy aerial
defense was offset by a
run defense that ranked
next-to-last in the league
(288 yards per game).
The scoop: Like his
hopes for his offensive
front, Harper hopes his
defensive line is the glue
to a defense that will look
to improve on a perfor-
mance that ranked next-
to-last in total defense,
giving up almost 375 yards
a game last fall.
Linemen Dylan Curtis
(6-0, 240, Jr.) and Ryan
Christopher (6-2, 220,
Jr.), along with linebacker
Jackson Bass (6-2, 215,
Jr.), will be key compo-
nents in a defense look-
ing to plug the holes from
a year ago.
THE PASSING GAME
Not only were the Tigers
effective in limiting oppo-
nents passing games, they
also were among the best
at keeping foes out of the
end zone. Foard gave up
nine passing TDs, third-
lowest in the Northwest-
ern 3A-4A.
The scoop: While the
defensive backeld will be
overhauled with four new
starters, it will be an ath-
letic group, said Harper.
Deante Powell (5-9, 170,
Jr.), Alex Leatherman (5-9,
155, Jr.), Eric Hampel (6-0,
180, Sr.) and Tate Fleming
(5-9, 155, Jr.) will be the
core of a group hoping to
maintain the backelds
solid numbers from last
season.
STRENGTHS/CONCERNS
Harper said slotting
players into the proper
positions and understand-
ing where they t in the
defensive system has been
a concern in the early
going.
I think they are start-
ing to get fundamentally
sound, and the players
are learning where they t
in the scheme of things,
Harper said. We dont
want them to try and
outdo each other statisti-
cally and want them to
understand they are part
of a unit.
TOP PERSONNEL
Key returnees: Jackson
Bass, LB, Jr.; Dylan Curtis,
DL, Jr.
Top newcomers: Ryan
Christopher, DL, Jr.;
Deante Powell, DB, Jr.;
Alex Leatherman, DB, Jr.;
Tate Fleming, DB, Jr.
THE WORD
Coach Harper says: Up
front we want to control
the line of scrimmage and
have linemen on both
sides of the ball who are
the heart and soul of the
team.
Our secondary has
the potential to be pretty
good, and we have smart
kids who understand the
scheme. Its just a brand
new system and the guys
have to learn how they t
into it.
WHATS IN STORE?
The Tigers will have
their third head coach in
four seasons with Harper
walking the sidelines this
year. The offense and their
passing game should see
noticeable improvement
withWilliams behind cen-
ter and Schmidt moving to
tailback.
But offensively and
defensively, inexperience
will be a challenge this fall.
With only seven starters
back, including just two
on defense, the learning
curve will be steep.
The seeds are in place
for the Foard program to
grow, but its one that will
take time to grow roots.
Its been wonderful
and its a great commu-
nity, great school with
great leadership, Harper
said. Right now, maybe
our biggest challenge is
overcoming the feeling of
apathy that has been part
of the programfor so long.
Were doing what we
can to put players in a
position to be successful,
but there needs to be an
understanding that its
a journey thats going to
take some time.
PAUL FOGLEMAN
NATHAN CULLITAN/FORTHE HICKORY DAILY RECORD
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2013 NEWTON-CONOVER ROSTER
Head Coach: Brint Russell
(21-32, 5 years; 9-4 at Newton-Conover, one year)
Last years record: 9-4
No. Player Ht. Wt. Pos. Grade
1 Alex Johnson 6-0 163 RB-DB Soph.
2 Jared Duncan 6-3 164 WR-DB Jr.
3 Thomas Corpening 5-10 157 QB-DB Sr.
4 Cordarius Hickman 6-2 151 WR-DB Sr.
5 Cameron Stanley 6-1 190 QB-DB Soph.
6 Tyrell Fleming 6-1 170 WR-DB Jr.
7 Nick Baker 5-11 186 RB-DB Sr.
8 Tre Dulin 5-10 163 WR-DB Jr.
9 Jaquell Stewart 5-6 141 RB-DB Sr.
10 Jake Hayman 5-5 154 QB-DB Fr.
11 Anthony Clontz 5-11 167 WR-DB Jr.
13 Gustavo Loza 6-0 155 K-P Sr.
15 Franklin Wepner 5-6 155 K-P Sr.
16 Joseph Lo 5-9 195 TE-LB Jr.
18 Deron Danner 5-10 168 WR-DB Jr.
20 Gabe Davis 6-1 183 WR-DB Jr.
21 Tyler McCombs 5-10 174 RB-LB Sr.
22 Ben Forney 5-8 143 WR-DB Jr.
23 Josh Ramseur 6-3 205 WR-DB Sr.
24 Sayvion Proctor 5-8 153 RB-DB Soph.
28 Blake Roberts 5-10 217 FB-LB Jr.
30 Josha Propst 6-1 146 WR-DB Soph.
32 Chris Payne 5-8 165 FB-LB Soph.
34 SamEngland 5-11 188 FB-LB Jr.
36 Gage Baldwin 6-4 240 TE-LB Soph.
38 Jordan Martin 5-10 201 FB-LB Sr.
42 ShyheimGore 5-9 196 FB-LB Jr.
44 Tre Clark 6-0 228 FB-LB Jr.
46 AndrewGaither 6-2 211 TE-DL Jr.
50 Tyler Church 5-7 222 OL-DL Soph.
51 Jason Glenn 6-0 242 OL-DL Sr.
53 Noah Hollar 6-1 302 OL-DL Soph.
54 Wilson Elliot 5-11 239 OL-DL Sr.
56 Jamil Johnson 5-11 287 OL-DL Jr.
58 Garner Hughes 5-7 195 OL-DL Jr.
62 Matt Thomas 5-11 266 OL-DL Jr.
63 Ryan Flewelling 5-9 192 OL-DL Jr.
65 Spencer Kilby 6-3 258 OL-DL Jr.
66 AhRon Hope 6-3 304 OL-DL Jr.
68 Edgar Dominguez 5-10 196 OL-LB Soph.
71 Cody Sifford 6-3 261 OL-DL Sr.
73 Torren Abernathy 5-10 298 OL-DL Jr.
74 Caleb Beard 6-0 238 OL-DL Sr.
75 Trent Thomas 6-1 313 OL-DL Sr.
76 James Wilkie 6-2 263 OL-DL Jr.
78 Alex Raymundo 6-3 307 OL-DL Jr.
Assistant coaches: Ben Williamson, Sean Fitzgerald, Michael
Clark, Sean Kilby, Chris Hinson, Justin Shufer, Gene Scronce, Randy
Dillingham.
2013 NEWTON-CONOVER SCHEDULE
Aug. 23
Chase (Endowment), 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 30
at Lexington, N.C., 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6
at Hickory, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13
Freedom, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27
W. CALDWELL, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4
at MAIDEN, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11
W. LINCOLN, 7:30 p.m. (Homecoming)
Oct. 18
E. LINCOLN, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25
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Nov. 1
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Nov. 8
at BANDYS, 7:30 p.m.
DOYOU REMEMBER?
Alook back at 20 seasons ago (1993) and 10 seasons ago (2003) in
Red Devils football history (statistical totals are unofcial):
1993
Ateamthat featured QB TimHardy andTE Duante Finger, who
later had an NFLshot withTampa Bay, went 4-1 in the Southern
District 7 2Aand shared the league title with Bandys and Maiden. With
two teams advancing to the state 2Aplayoffs, the teamdid not get in
and nished 7-3 in Don Patricks 20th season as head coach.
Finger had a modest three catches for 97 yards, two of themgoing
for scores.
Hardy threwfor seven TDs, completing 40.7 percent of his passes
for 603 yards and averaging 17.23 yards per completion.
The Red Devils started 0-2, falling to South Iredell and Bessemer City,
before rebounding in the seasons third game to whip Hickory 40-0in a
game that included Hardy nding Finger for a 51-yard score.
2003
Inthe fthseasonof Nick Bazzles tenure as headcoach, the Red
Devils went 1-6inthe Midwest 2A, beatingBunker Hill 31-28, andwonjust
twoof 11 games. The other winwas the seasonopener at St. Stephens.
QBMatt Wilsonwas Newton-Conovers star, rushing for 273yards
and completing 41.8percent of his passes for 922yards and eight TDs.
PKCody Hopper hadfour eldgoals that season, three of themtwo
from35yards, one from24yards inthevictory over Bunker Hill.
The Red Devils lost to their biggest rivals Maiden (52-14),
Hickory (35-6) and Bandys (66-14) by a combined 119 points.
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Newton-Conover Red Devils
Russell
OFFENSE
Returning starters: 8.
The Red Devils will run: Flexbone.
THE RUNNING GAME
Leading returning rushers: Nick
Baker, 5-foot-11, 186 pounds, Sr.
(96-669, 10 TDs); Sam England,
5-11, 188, Jr. (16-93, 1 TD); Tyrell
Fleming, 6-1, 170, Jr. (8-82, 1 TD).
The scoop: The Red Devils return
ve offensive linemen from a team
that led the CatawbaValley Athletic
2A in rushing last year, averaging
250.1 yards per game and a league-
best 6.1 yards per carry. Baker, the
leading returning rusher and one of
four Newton-Conover players with
more than 600 rushing yards, will
join with newcomers Blake Roberts,
a transfer from East Forsyth, and
Thomas Corpening, who did not
play last year.
THE PASSING GAME
Leading returning passer: Cam-
eron Stanley, 6-1, 190, Soph. (1-3-0,
23, 0 TDs).
Leading returning receivers:
Nick Baker (11-221, 3 TDs); Josh
Ramseur, 6-3 205, Sr. (10-109, 0
TDs).
The scoop: Baker, along with
wide receivers Ramseur and Tyrell
Fleming all return. The unknown
will be how sophomore quarterback
Cameron Stanley, who led the junior
varsity to an undefeated season last
year, develops at quarterback.
STRENGTHS/CONCERNS
Red Devils head coach Brint Rus-
sell, starting his second season at
Newton-Conover, feels his offense is
ahead of where it was last season as
the season began.
Offensively, its like we didnt miss
a spot, he said. The season ended
and we picked up right where we
left off last year.
Despite having eight returning
starters, how the offense functions
will depend on how quickly Stanley
can get acclimated to running the
offense.
Hes a young kid, Russell said.
He runs the option well, he throws
it well, but hes a sophomore. Hes
got to make better decisions with
the football and learn the value of
the football the way that we teach.
TOP PERSONNEL
Key returnees: Caleb Beard, OL,
Sr.; Jason Glenn, OF, Sr.; Wilson El-
liott, OL, Sr.; Spencer Kilby, OL, Jr.;
Cody Sifford, OL, Sr.; Nick Baker,
RB, Sr.; Josh Ramseur WR, Sr.; Tyrell
Fleming, WR, Jr.
Top newcomers: Blake Roberts,
RB, Jr.; Thomas Corpening, RB, Sr.;
Cameron Stanley, RB, Soph.
THE WORD
Coach Russell says: (Stanley)
has to be the facilitator. Hes sur-
rounded by a lot of athletes. Weve
got to get him to distribute the foot-
ball. We cant have turnovers and we
have to be able to dictate the tempo
of the game.
DEFENSE
Returning starters: 7.
The Red Devils will run: Multiple.
THE RUNNING GAME
Newton-Conover returns three
defensive linemen and two line-
backers as part of a group that was
fourth in the CVAC 2A against the
run last season, allowing 142.1 yards
per game, and opponents ran for 19
scores.
The scoop: The Red Devils hope
having the exibility to show differ-
ent formations with the front six will
allow them to better adjust to what
the opposition is doing on offense.
THE PASSING GAME
The Red Devils were the only
CVAC 2A team last year to allow
more than 100 yards passing per
game (137.4), with opponents
completing 53.4 percent of their 219
attempts and throwing for 11 TDs.
East Lincoln threw for 353 yards
against Newton-Conover on open-
ing night and South Iredell threw
for 338.
The scoop: Defensive backs
Jaquell Stewart and Ben Forney re-
turn along with newcomer Anthony
Clontz, and Russell says their speed
and athleticism will be the key to
shutting down the pass.
STRENGTHS/CONCERNS
Though he returns seven on the
defensive side of the ball, Russell
says his players are still adjusting to
a new scheme. Newton-Conover is
going from a 4-2-5 to a multiple set
this season.
Its a little battle-tested at times,
Russell said. Weve got to get more
reps under our belt.
The key, Russell said, will be getting
off the eld to let the offense work.
Last year, we didnt do a good
job of getting off the eld on third
downs, Russell said. This year,
weve focused a lot more on down-
and-distance situations and getting
our kids off the football eld.
TOP PERSONNEL
Key returnees: Tre Clark, DL,
Jr.; Andrew Gaither, DL, Jr.; Trent
Thomas DL, Sr.; Sam England, LB,
Jr.; Jordan Martin, LB, Sr.; Jaquell
Stewart, DB, Sr.; Ben Forney, DB, Jr.
Top newcomers: Anthony Clontz,
DB, Jr.
THE WORD
Coach Russell says: Last season
we were in a 4-2-5, and well still
be in a little bit of a 4-2-5. We went
into the offseason thinking that we
wanted to be more multiple.
As long as we stay with ve DBs
and are able to move around when
we need to, it doesnt matter. Well
lineup in a 5-1 or a 4-2 or a 3-3.
Whatever that front box does, we
want to be multiple in what we can
do.
WHATS IN STORE?
The newly congured Southern
District 7 Athletic 2A gures to be
a battle most Friday nights with
several programs boasting recent
success in the state playoffs.
Youve got to pack your lunch,
Russell said. Every nights going to
be a ball game. Youve got East Lin-
coln, who we played last year and
won a state championship. Youve
got Lincolnton coming in, whos
always good. They had a good year
last year and are returning a lot of
kids. Bandys has got 30 seniors over
there. Maiden is always tough.
Every nights going to be a
battleYou want to win them all at
home and go out and split on the
road.
In facing a brutal schedule, Russell
says the Red Devils must be more
physical if they hope to repeat as
conference champions (they shared
last years CVAC 2A title with South
Iredell and Maiden).
As a team, last year we felt like
a couple of times that we were
out-physicaled, partly due to lack
of depth, partly due to strength con-
cerns, said Russell. This summer,
we got a lot stronger in the weight
room. We got a lot of buy-in this
summer with about 60-70 kids every
single day.
MARK PARKER
Sam England,
who returns
in the New-
ton-Conover
backeld, speeds
away from St.
Stephens Zach
Fincannon in the
Red Devils 50-3
victory over the
Indians last sea-
son. England had
a season-high 69
yards on eight
carries against
St. Stephens
and had his only
rushing TD of
last season on a
21-yard scamper.
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2013 BANDYS ROSTER
Head Coach: Trent Lowman
(0-0, rst year)
Last Years Record: 9-5
No. Player Ht. Wt. Pos. Grade
1 Quiante Derr 5-9 195 RB-LB Jr.
2 Mark McWhorters 5-9 175 WR-DB Sr.
3 Dylan Wambold 5-11 170 WR-DB Jr.
4 Logan Beegle 6-1 200 QB Sr.
6 TimLunsford 5-9 170 RB-LB Sr.
7 Colton Medlin 6-1 195 TE-LB Sr.
8 Curtis Stout 5-8 155 WR-DB Jr.
9 Logan Hughes 6-1 200 RB-LB Sr.
10 Michael Doub 5-8 150 WR-DB Jr.
11 Dylan Street 5-10 175 WR-DB Sr.
12 Chris Botkins 5-10 175 WR-DB Sr.
13 Bricson Lineberger 5-9 170 WR-DB Sr.
17 Devan Cox 5-10 170 QB Jr.
18 Seth Hartings 5-11 170 WR-DB Jr.
20 Clay Shumake 5-9 190 TE-DL Sr.
21 Jaylin Lineberger 5-9 165 WR-DB Sr.
23 Kyle Roberts 5-9 185 RB-LB Jr.
24 Jeremy Carr 6-2 180 WR-DB Sr.
25 Travis Kiser 6-1 185 K Jr.
28 Jevon McCorkle 5-8 175 RB-LB Jr.
33 Jacob Mauney 5-6 155 RB-LB Jr.
34 Jack Powers 5-8 185 RB-LB Sr.
42 Trevor Walker 5-9 170 TE-LB Jr.
48 Bill Merbach 5-9 160 WR-DB Jr.
52 SamEagle 6-2 220 OL-DL Jr.
53 Brian Whisnant 5-11 185 OL-DL Jr.
55 Farrod Hocker 6-3 265 OL-DL Jr.
56 AndrewBrotherton 5-11 185 OL-DL Sr.
65 Kyle Shaw 6-0 225 OL-DL Jr.
67 Jeff Tuckey 6-1 200 OL-DL Sr.
70 AdamParker 5-9 210 OL-DL Sr.
72 Josh Campbell 5-11 210 OL-DL Sr.
73 Jeremy Fischer 6-2 205 OL-DL Sr.
74 Zach Thomas 5-10 250 OL-DL Jr.
75 Gage Fulbright 5-10 230 OL-DL Sr.
77 Matt Bailey 5-11 245 OL-DL Sr.
80 Brenton Jones 5-11 170 WR-DB Sr.
Assistant coaches: Kyle Lowman, Frank Porter, JimGoodwin,
Chris Fulbright, Scott Stilwell, Eric McCombs, Brandon Finger,
Antonio Lyerly, Kevin Fulbright.
2013 BANDYS SCHEDULE
Aug. 23
at St. Stephens, 7:30 p.m. (Endowment)
Aug. 30
Fred T. Foard, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6
at Chase, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13
Alexander Central (Endowment), 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27
E. LINCOLN, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4
at W. CALDWELL, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11
at LINCOLNTON, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18
MAIDEN, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25
BUNKER HILL, 7:30 p.m. (Homecoming)
Nov. 1
at W. LINCOLN, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8
NEWTON-CONOVER, 7:30 p.m.
DOYOU REMEMBER?
Alook back at 20 seasons ago (1993) and 10 seasons ago (2003)
in Trojans football history (statistical totals are unofcial):
1993
Head coach Randy Lowmans seventh teamearned his rst
state playoff bid after going 4-1 to share the Southern District 7
2Atitle with Maiden and Newton-Conover. The Trojans irted with
making it to the third round but lost a dramatic two-overtime game
26-23 at Mooresville in the second round to nish 10-3.
The teamfeatured a gutsy QB in Chris Chappell, who threwfor
536 yards and eight TDs and ran for four more scores, and RB Brad
Hall, who ran 175 times for 1,168 yards and 17 TDs.
Hall gave fans something to remember in victories over St.
Stephens and West Caldwell, returning an 80-yard kickoff for a TD
against the Indians and a 90-yarder for a TD against the Warriors.
2003
After winning six of seven Midwest 2Agames to share the league
title with Shelby, the Trojans won their second straight Western
2AAtitle and advanced to the state 2AAtitle game at N.C. State
(Reidsville 68, Bandys 12).
It was Randy Lowmans 17th season as head coach and Bandys
offense could simply overwhelmopponents with QB Zach Elliott,
RB Chris Spade and versatile Kyle Helderman the sparkplugs.
Elliott threwfor 27 TDs and only eight interceptions in 265 at-
tempts for 2,434 yards, Spade ran 265 times for 2,041 yards and
22 TDs and Helderman added 1,082 yards on 63 rushes and 51
receptions for an offense that gained 6,064 yards in a 13-3 season.
Elliott and Spade produced two of the biggest offensive produc-
tion nights in school history: Elliott completed 14 of 17 passes for
267 yards and three scores before leaving a 66-14 victory over
Newton-Conover at Gurley Stadiumjust minutes into the third
quarter, while Spade ran 16 times for 289 yards and scored on
runs of 84, 75, 43 and 63 yards in a 31-27 victory at the Charlotte
Catholic in the third round of the state playoffs.
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Lowman
OFFENSE
Returning starters: 3.
The Trojans will run: Spread Gun.
THE RUNNING GAME
Leading returning rushers:
Quiante Derr, 5-foot-9, 195 pounds,
Jr. (184-855, 10 TDs); Dylan Street,
5-10, 175, Sr. (83-418, 6 TDs).
The scoop: Derr returns to lead a
backeld that ran for more than 200
yards a game with 29 rushing TDs
last season. Returning seniors Matt
Bailey (5-11, 245) and Josh Camp-
bell (5-11, 210) will look to open
holes again for Derr and for senior
Logan Hughes (6-0, 200) as the Tro-
jans look to continue their effective
ground game.
THE PASSING GAME
Leading returning passer: Logan
Beegle, 6-1, 200, Sr. (11-17-1, 133, 1
TD).
Leading returning receivers:
Colton Medlin, 6-1, 195, Sr. (17-315,
5 TDs).
The scoop: The passing game
could be raw with Beegle taking the
reins of an offense that featured
Anthony Toscano, who graduated
after throwing for a CatawbaValley
Athletic 2A high of 24 scores. He
threw for 1,765 yards, second best in
the league.
The Trojans will feature one of the
areas top tight ends in Medlin, but
the rest of the receiving corps will
be inexperienced. Street makes the
move from tailback to wideout, and
Jeremy Carr (6-2, 180, Sr.) will also
be one of Beegles targets.
STRENGTHS/CONCERNS
With the returnees up front and in
the backeld, rst-year head coach
Trent Lowman taking over for
his father Randy after he guided the
Trojans for more than two decades
is looking for the running game
to anchor the offense this fall.
We hope our running game is our
strength, and we hope we can use
the guys who have some experience
and get the ball in their hands to
have a chance to make some plays,
Trent Lowman said.
Depth is our biggest worry. Were
also concerned about consistent
play, because were going to have a
number of players going both ways
and we hope they can stay consis-
tent and durable.
TOP PERSONNEL
Key returnees: Quiante Derr,
RB, Jr.; Dylan Street, WR, Sr.; Logan
Beegle, QB, Sr.; Colton Medlin, TE,
Sr.; Matt Bailey, OL, Sr.; Josh Camp-
bell, OL, Sr.
Top newcomers: Farrod Hooker,
OL, Jr.; Sam Eagle, OC, Jr.
THE WORD
Coach Lowman says: I think
well have some guys who can make
big plays, but we have to learn how
to put a drive together. With our
inexperience, were also going to
have to gure out how to deal with
adversity.
DEFENSE
Returning starters: 4.
The Trojans will run: 3-4.
THE RUNNING GAME
A season ago, Bandys allowed the
fewest total rushing yards in the
conference (1,784) and ranked sec-
ond in the league in rushing yards
allowed per game.
The Trojans return four starters
to their front seven from a team
that 10 times held opponents to
fewer than 200 rushing yards last
season, highlighted by holding West
Caldwell to minus 23 yards on 22
carries.
The scoop: Bandys will have
only one returning starter up front
in Kyle Shaw (6-0, 225, Jr.), but a
returning nucleus at linebacker in
Medlin, Andrew Brotherton (6-0,
185, Sr.) and Hughes, who will look
to bolster the Trojans line and put
the clamps on opposing runners.
THE PASSING GAME
As effective as Bandys run de-
fense was, its pass defense was just
as sparkling, allowing the leagues
second fewest passing yards per
game (72). The run-pass combo
added up to a defense that topped
the conference in total defense by
allowing 199.5 yards a game.
The scoop: The secondary will
be youthful but athletic and deep,
said Lowman, with DylanWambold
(5-11, 170, Jr.) and Seth Hartings
(5-11, 170, Jr.) looking to lead the
backeld.
STRENGTHS/CONCERNS
Last season, the Trojans sec-
ondary was perhaps their biggest
strength. A year later, inexperience
makes it a denite worry.
We have some good athletic
players up from the (junior varsity)
and we do have good depth, but
it will be new guys back there that
will have to learn quickly, Lowman
said.
Weve been in the same system
now for ve years with the same
calls and same adjustments. I think
the kids know it and can play fast,
but there is a lack experience and
depth at several positions, and that
could be a challenge for us, espe-
cially at the start of the season.
TOP PERSONNEL
Key returnees: Colton Medlin,
LB, Sr.; Andrew Brotherton, LB, Sr.;
Logan Hughes, LB, Sr.; Kyle Shaw,
DL, Jr.
Top newcomers: Farrod Hooker,
DL, Jr.; Sam Eagle, DL, Jr.; Kyle Rob-
erts, LB, Jr.; Seth Hartings, DB, Jr.;
DylanWambold, DB, Jr.
THE WORD
Coach Lowman says: We play
some triple-option teams this year,
so we have to be assignment sound,
but we also play other teams that
play more out of a dropback set, so
the defense is going to be chal-
lenged because the offenses in our
league are so diverse.
WHATS IN STORE?
Once again, a Lowman will pace
the sidelines as head of a program
that has become synonymous
with success. Randy Lowman
coached Bandys to 206 wins in 26
seasons as head coach and was
part of the program as a player,
assistant coach or head coach for
38 years.
Much like their new head coach,
the Trojans will be an inexperienced
team that will have to grow up in a
hurry and be durable to maintain a
winning tradition this fall.
With a number of players play-
ing on both sides of the ball, dura-
bility and fatigue could be a factor
in the new Southern District 7
Athletic 2A, a league that added
football powers East Lincoln, the
defending state 2A champ, and
Lincolnton.
On both sides of the ball, we
have so many guys who havent
had a lot of snaps and who have to
become consistent players for us,
Lowman said. Theres pressure
taking over, but I havent really put
it on myself.
But everybody in the community
knows the legacy, and were such an
established program.
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last season in the Trojans 45-14 victory over the Bears. Derr ran for 54 yards and a score.
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ALEXANDER CENTRAL
241 School Ave.
Taylorsville
Make way to NC-
127/2nd St. NE headed
North.
Con-
tinue to
follow
NC-127
for about 15 miles, then
turn right onto US-64/
NC-90.
Go about 3 miles. Turn
left and stay on US-64/
NC-90.
Turn right onto
Millstead St. SW, which
becomes School Ave
SW.
BANDYS
5040 E. Bandys Road
Catawba
Go down I-40 East.
Exit at Oxford School
Road. At the top of exit
ramp, turn
right onto
Oxford
School
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Continue through
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where road eventu-
ally Ts. When it Ts,
turn right onto US-10.
Go several miles and
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on Murrays Mill Road.
Continue on Murrays
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Crossroads and turn
left.
The stadiumwill then
be on your left.
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4657 Oxford School
Road
Claremont
Go down I-40 East,
exit at Oxford School
Road. At top of exit
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turn left
onto
Oxford
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Road. Follow that road
for about a mile and
the high school is on
the left.
DRAUGHN
709 Lovelady Road
Valdese
Take I-40West toward
Asheville to exit 113
toward
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Springs.
Go ap-
proxi-
mately two miles and
exit onto Malcom
Boulevard.
After a mile, turn left
on to Lovelady Road.
EAST BURKE
3695 East Burke Blvd.
Connelly Springs
Take I-40 West
toward Asheville. Take
exit 116
on the
right.
Turn left
at the
stop sign. Go under
the overpass bridge
and make an immedi-
ate right turn onto
East Burke Way. Go to
the stop sign and turn
left onto East Burke
Blvd. The road to the
gym bears left. The
road to the football
stadium bears to the
right and stadium is at
the top of the hill.
FREDT. FOARD
3407 Plateau Road
Newton
Take US-321 South,
exiting
on NC-
127. Turn
right onto
NC-127,
with NC-127 becoming
NC-127 South.
At Propst Crossroads,
go through the inter-
section.
The school is about a
mile on the right.
FREEDOM
511 Independence
Blvd.
Morganton
Take I-40West toward
Asheville to US-64, exit
103 to
Morgan-
ton/Ruth-
erfordton.
Turn
right onto Burkemont
Ave./US-64.
Go left at the N.C.
School for the Deaf at
US-70/Fleming Drive/
US-64 bypass.
Go until you see the
McDonalds on the left.
Make a left turn and
go about 2 miles to the
light at Independence
Blvd. Turn right onto
Independence Blvd. and
the school will be on the
right.
HIBRITEN
550 East Blvd.
Lenoir
Take US-321 toward
Lenoir.
At the main intersec-
tion in
Lenoir,
turn
right. Go
approxi-
mately 4-5 miles into
the Cedar Rock com-
munity.
The entrance to
Hibriten will be on your
right. The road winds
around the school and
the football stadium
sits at the top of a hill
behind the school gym.
HICKORY
1234 3rd St. NE
Hickory
Take
NC-127.
Turn right
onto 12th
Ave., then left on 3rd
St. NE. The school and
football stadiumare on
the right.
MAIDEN
600 West Main St.
Maiden
Go US-64-70 toward
Conover, turning right
onto
US-321 at
Bojangles.
Con-
tinue on
US-321 through Newton
and into Maiden.
At the stoplight in
Maiden, you must go
left or right.
Go right and across
the railroad tracks. Go
past the old Maiden
High on your right.
The new high school
is about 1 mile on the
left and the football
stadium is at the
backside of the new
school.
NEWTON-CONOVER
338 W. 15th St.
Newton
Take I-40 East, exit-
ing to the right onto
Fairgrove
Church
Road. At
the rst
light,
turn left onto US-64-70
toward Conover.
Pick up US-321 at
Bojangles and go ap-
proximately 3 miles to
a stoplight at which a
building supplies store
sits. Turn left at that
light and go about 1
mile.
The school will be
on your left and the
football stadiumsits
on the far side of the
school (to your left) as
you rst approach the
school.
PATTON
701 Enola Road
Morganton
Take I-40West toward
Asheville
to exit
104, turn
left onto
Enola
Road.
SOUTH CALDWELL
7035 Spartan Drive
Hudson
Take I-40West toward
Asheville, merging onto
US-321 at
exit 123
toward
Lenoir.
Go
across the Catawba
County-Caldwell
County line bridge and
continue on US-321
until you come to an
intersection at which
a green sign (on the
right) will point toward
where South Caldwell
High is (take a left turn
there).
Go down a winding
road for about 1 mile
and the entrance to
the school is on the
left. That road leads
directly to the campus
and to the football
stadium.
ST. STEPHENS
3205 34th St. Drive
NE
Hickory
Go to Springs Road.
Turn left on 34th Street
Drive NE.
As you
approach
the
school,
turn left or right for
parking.
The football stadium
is at the back of the
campus. If you turn
right for parking, you
will see soccer and
other athletic elds
on your right and the
football stadiumon the
left.
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300 West Caldwell
Drive
Lenoir
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(see Hibriten and South
Caldwell
direc-
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US-321.
At the
main intersection in
Lenoir, turn left, then
make a left onto US-18
and go approximately
5 miles. Turn right onto
Beecher Anderson
Road/West Caldwell
Drive.
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a hill and the football
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Note: All totals are unofcial, as compiled from yardsticks
provided by The Hickory Daily Record, Lenoir News Topic,
Statesville Record and Landmark, Morganton News Herald.
Schools may have different nal totals and those are the of-
cial stats of the 2012 season.
Non-seniors in all caps; bold led conference
RUSHING
(500 or more yards)
Car-Yds YPG TD
b-Justin Lynch, BH 170-1,289 143.2 18
c-Devan Davis, Ban 166-879 87.9 6
b-LaChaston Smith, SI 107-757 84.1 17
ADAM ESTEP, Dr. 190-888 74.0 8
Robbie McGee, EB 176-830 69.1 11
a-LARRY CLARK, EB 72-515 64.3 5
Matt Coulter, N-C 144-801 61.6 7
QUIANTE DERR, Ban 184-855 61.0 10
Kevin Cline, N-C 157-791 60.8 12
c-Jon Sweet, BH 102-587 58.7 7
Rasheed Degree, SI 127-914 57.1 7
Grant Yowe, Mdn. 150-663 55.2 9
NICK BAKER, N-C 96-699 53.7 10
Marquis Pope, N-C 68-690 53.0 9
aplayed 8 games; b-played 9 games; cplayed 10 games
PASSING
C-A-I Pct Yds YPG TD
JAKE McREE, Mdn. 115-209-9 55.0 1,580 131.6 17
Davin King, SI 166-291-8 57.0 2,063 128.9 23
Anthony Toscano, Ban 108-191-15 56.5 1,765 126.0 24
Kevin Cline, N-C 74-143-6 51.7 1,274 98.0 17
COLTON CHAPMAN, BH 62-147-13 42.1 853 77.5 7
Jacob Young, EB 69-120-10 57.5 793 66.0 4
DAVID DENISON, WC 28-104-5 26.9 303 27.5 1
a-MASON BIDDIX, Dr. 11-33-5 33.3 136 19.4 2
ELIJAH REESE, EB 21-52-4 40.3 215 17.9 1
b-DONNIE PATTON, Dr. 8-31-3 25.8 182 16.5 2
Kaleb Ikard, Mdn. 13-23-2 54.1 131 10.9 1
LOGAN BEEGLE, Ban 11-17-1 64.7 133 9.5 1
aplayed 7 games; bplayed 11 games
RECEIVING
(10 catches or 200 yards)
Rec-Yds YPG TD
Hunter Lackey, Ban 62-1,060 75.7 15
RICKY TAYLOR, Mdn. 60-741 61.7 7
MICHAEL FISHER, SI 53-714 44.6 7
CASEY KING, BH 26-421 38.2 3
CHUCKY RITCHIE, EB 28-441 36.7 3
JAYLON STOCKTON, SI 40-526 32.8 6
Sam Avis, N-C 28-412 31.6 6
Dakota Painter, Mdn. 21-366 30.5 2
Marquis Pope, N-C 14-387 29.7 4
COLTON MEDLIN, Ban 17-315 22.5 5
Abraham Lizarraga, EB 22-232 19.3 0
Evan Dancey, SI 22-307 19.1 7
NICK BAKER, N-C 11-221 17.0 3
Bradley Teague, EB 25-200 16.6 1
Stefan Gettys, BH 15-172 15.6 1
Scott Miller, SI 24-237 14.8 4
ALEX WHITE, Mdn. 14-176 14.6 4
JUSTUS WOODS, Mdn. 10-137 11.4 1
JOSH RAMSEUR, N-C 10-109 8.3 3
RUSHING
(500 or more yards)
Car-Yds YPG TD
ZAC POLLARD, SC 269-3,073 236.3 36
a-COREY STINSON, HHS 59-558 111.6 5
Casey Anderson, AC 143-1,117 93.1 18
b-Collin Augustine, Wat. 94-529 88.1 5
DEVELL MAXWELL, Hib. 102-1,046 87.1 13
Jordan Lockhart, HHS 152-942 72.4 8
Sam Beneld, FTF 92-707 70.7 5
MARVIN SUTTON, SS 177-708 64.3 4
*MATT WILLIAMS, HHS 182-655 50.3 10
ZAC WALKER, Hib. 109-523 43.5 7
Garrett Dupuis, AC 87-509 42.4 4
aplayed 5 games; bplayed 6 games; *playing at Fred T.
Foard this season.
PASSING
C-A-I Pct Yds YPG TD
*MATT WILLIAMS, HHS 119-215-6 55.3 1,588 122.1 12
Luke Bean, AC 57-120-8 47.5 1,238 103.1 11
a-Tripp Taylor, Wat. 70-118-9 59.3 823 102.8 6
b-AARON DOBBINS, Wat. 46-84-4 54.7 567 81.0 3
TREVAR SOLES, SC 42-97-0 43.2 832 64.0 11
JACOB SCHMIDT, FTF 28-63-8 44.4 380 38.0 4
MARVIN SUTON, SS 46-70-2 65.7 294 26.7 0
JACOB COPPER, Hib. 15-37-3 40.5 282 23.5 4
JACKSON BASS, FTF 23-53-6 43.3 218 21.8 1
JAY HARRILL, Wat. 20-40-3 50.0 221 18.4 0
aplayed 8 games; b-played 7 games; *playing at Fred T.
Foard this season.
RECEIVING
(10 catches or 200 yards)
Rec-Yds YPG TD
a-CAMERON BAKER, Wat. 40-711 71.1 7
Daniel Davis, HHS 46-714 54.9 5
Matt Quigley, AC 22-573 47.7 4
Garrett Dupuis, AC 22-486 40.5 4
TIM ABERNATHY, HHS 27-352 27.0 2
DeWayne Mackey, Wat. 25-250 20.8 2
Jalen Thompson, FTF 12-196 19.6 1
Nick Williams, FTF 26-233 19.4 0
Tori Smith, Hib. 7-213 17.7 3
Nick Guarino, HHS 17-211 16.2 1
Sub Steury, Wat. 21-188 15.6 0
Brenden Purkey, FTF 10-138 13.8 3
JONATHAN REID, HHS 13-174 13.3 3
Kasey Sims, FTF 10-110 11.0 1
D.J. LYNCH, SS 17-101 9.1 0
KyRawn Whiteld, SS 15-97 8.8 0
aplayed 10 games
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Top players in the area who were underclass-
men in 2012 and eligible to play again in 2013, as
compiled by HDR Sports Editor Chris Hobbs:
RUSHING
Att-Yds YPG TD
Zac Pollard, S. Caldwell 269-3073 236.3 36
x-Corey Stinson, Hickory 59-558 111.6 5
Devell Maxwell, Hibriten 102-1046 87.1 13
Quainte Derr, Bandys 184-855 61.0 10
Marvin Sutton, St. Stephens 177-708 54.3 3
Nick Baker, N-C 96-699 53.7 10
*Matt Williams, Hickory 182-655 50.3 10
Zac Walker, Hibriten 109-523 43.5 7
Marcus Payne, SS 85-444 40.3 5
Jacob Copper, Hibriten 66-466 38.8 5
Colton Chapman, BH 71-397 36.0 4
Tishawn Daniels, Hibriten 54-406 33.8 7
Dylan Street, Bandys 83-418 29.8 6
xplayed 5 games; *playing at Foard this
season
PASSING
C-A-I Pct Yds YPG TD
Jake McRee, Mdn. 115-209-9 55.0 1580 131.6 17
Matt Williams, HHS 119-215-6 55.3 1588 122.1 12
Colton Chapman, BH 62-147-13 42.1 853 77.5 7
Trevar Soles, S. Cald. 42-97-0 43.2 832 64.0 11
x-Chance Carswell, Pat.32-89-4 35.9 267 44.5 1
Jacob Schmidt, Foard 28-63-8 44.4 380 38.0 4
David Denison, WC 28-104-5 26.9 303 27.5 1
Marvin Sutton, SSHS 46-70-2 65.7 294 26.7 0
Nick Conklin, Patton 21-42-2 50.0 283 25.7 4
Jacob Copper, Hibriten15-37-3 40.5 282 23.5 4
Jackson Bass, Foard 23-53-6 43.3 218 21.8 1
xplayed 6 games
RECEIVING
Rec-Yds YPG TD
Khris Gardin, Freedom 63-1155 77.0 14
Ricky Taylor, Mdn. 60-741 61.7 7
Casey King, BH 26-421 38.2 3
Tim Abernathy, Hickory 27-352 27.0 2
Colton Medlin, Bandys 17-315 22.5 5
Nick Baker, N-C 11-221 17.0 3
Alex White, Mdn. 14-176 14.6 4
Jonathan Reid, Hickory 13-174 13.3 3
Landon Colley, Patton 9-134 12.1 3
Marcus Whitener, Patton 10-131 11.9 1
Justus Woods, Mdn. 10-137 11.4 1
Chris Bridges, Freedom 14-165 11.0 3
D.J. Lynch, St. Stephens 17-101 9.1 0
Josh Ramseur, N-C 10-109 8.3 0
RUSHING
Att-Yds YPG TD
Daniel Davila, WL 285-1816 151.3 14
Quainte Derr, Bandys 184-855 61.0 10
Jordan Easter, Linc. 187-705 54.2 8
Nick Baker, N-C 96-699 53.7 10
Justice Whitesides, Linc. 111-565 43.5 5
Domonique Smith, EL 119-617 38.6 7
Miguel Corella, WL 79-461 38.4 8
Colton Chapman, BH 71-397 36.0 4
Dylan Street, Bandys 83-418 29.8 6
Chazz Surratt, EL 74-474 29.6 9
PASSING
C-A-I Pct. Yds YPG TD
Jake McRee, Mdn. 115-209-9 55.0 1580 131.6 17
Colton Chapman, BH 62-147-13 42.1 853 77.5 7
Jordan Easter, Linc. 47-87-3 54.0 576 44.3 3
David Denison, WC 28-104-5 26.9 303 27.5 1
Miguel Corella, WL 10-31-7 32.2 222 18.5 3
Chazz Surratt, EL 16-31-1 51.6 279 17.4 4
Logan Beegle, Bandys 11-17-1 64.7 133 9.5 1
RECEIVING
Rec-Yds YPG TD
Chazz Surratt, EL 56-1082 67.6 13
Ricky Taylor, Mdn. 60-741 61.7 7
Casey King, BH 26-421 38.2 3
Colton Medlin, Bandys 17-315 22.5 5
Quinlynn Harris, Linc. 12-239 18.4 0
Nick Baker, N-C 11-221 17.0 3
Alex White, Mdn. 14-176 14.6 4
Justus Woods, Mdn. 10-137 11.4 1
Josh Ramseur, N-C 10-109 8.3 0
RUSHING
Att-Yds YPG TD
Zac Pollard, S. Caldwell 269-3073 236.3 36
x-Corey Stinson, Hickory 59-558 111.6 5
Devell Maxwell, Hibriten 102-1046 87.1 13
Marvin Sutton, St. Stephens 177-708 54.3 3
*Matt Williams, Hickory 182-655 50.3 10
Zac Walker, Hibriten 109-523 43.5 7
Marcus Payne, SS 85-444 40.3 5
Jacob Copper, Hibriten 66-466 38.8 5
Tishawn Daniels, Hibriten 54-406 33.8 7
T.J. Poulos, Watauga 110-358 29.8 8
Jacob Schmidt, Foard 87-256 25.6 5
Duquan Suddreth, Hib. 22-299 24.9 5
Chris Bridges, Freedom 59-367 24.4 3
Tyriq Ervin, Patton 47-206 18.7 0
xplayed 5 games; *playing at Foard this
season
PASSING
C-A-I Pct Yds PG TD
*Matt Williams, HHS 119-215-6 55.3 1588 122.1 12
a-Aaron Dobbins, Wat. 46-84-4 54.7 567 81.0 3
Trevar Soles, S. Cald. 42-97-0 43.2 832 64.0 11
b-Chance Carswell, Pat.32-89-4 35.9 267 44.5 1
Jacob Schmidt, Foard 28-63-8 44.4 380 38.0 4
Marvin Sutton, SSHS 46-70-2 65.7 294 26.7 0
Nick Conklin, Patton 21-42-2 50.0 283 25.7 4
Jacob Copper, Hibriten15-37-3 40.5 282 23.5 4
Jackson Bass, Foard 23-53-6 43.3 218 21.8 1
Jay Harrill, Watauga 20-40-3 50.0 221 18.4 0
aplayed 7 games; bplayed 6 games; *play-
ing at Foard this season
RECEIVING
Rec-Yds YPG TD
Khris Gardin, Freedom 63-1155 77.0 14
Tim Abernathy, Hickory 27-352 27.0 2
Jonathan Reid, Hickory 13-174 13.3 3
Landon Colley, Patton 9-134 12.1 3
Marcus Whitener, Patton 10-131 11.9 1
Chris Bridges, Freedom 14-165 11.0 3
D.J. Lynch, St. Stephens 17-101 9.1 0
Compiled by Chris Hobbs, Hickory Daily
Record, through cooperative effort that
includes Lenoir News-Topic, Morganton News
Herald, Statesville Record and Landmark and
Gaston Gazette.
CATAWBA VALLEY ATH. 2A
STANDINGS
Conf. All PF/Avg PA/Avg Marg.
S. Iredell 6-1 14-2 591/36.9 216/13.5 +23.4
N-Conover 6-1 9-4 444/34.1 234/18.0 +16.1
Maiden 6-1 8-4 259/21.5 141/12.5 +9.0
Bandys 4-3 9-5 415/29.6 222/15.8 +13.8
E. Burke 3-4 5-7 184/15.3 274/22.8 -7.5
Draughn 2-5 5-7 245/20.4 296/24.6 -4.2
Bunker Hill 1-6 5-6 282/25.6 273/24.8 +0.8
W. Caldwell 0-7 0-11 69/6.2 459/41.7 -35.5
TEAM RUSHING
Att-Yds YPG TD YPC
N-C 525-3252 250.1 40 6.19
Bunker Hill 447-2547 231.5 32 5.69
Draughn 598-2709 225.7 29 4.53
Bandys 606-2809 200.6 29 4.63
S. Iredell 546-2865 179.0 46 5.24
E. Burke 436-1939 161.5 19 4.44
W. Cald. 453-1638 148.9 8 3.61
Maiden 376-1234 102.8 16 3.28
TEAM PASSING
C-A-I Pct Yds YPG TD
Maiden 129-234-11 55.1 1751 145.9 18
Bandys 124-222-16 55.8 2012 143.7 26
S. Iredell 180-331-9 54.3 2237 139.8 27
N-C 76-148-7 51.3 1371 105.4 18
E. Burke 91-179-15 50.8 1016 84.6 5
Bunker Hill 62-157-13 39.4 853 77.5 7
W. Cald. 34-110-8 30.9 367 33.3 2
Draughn 21-71-13 29.5 345 28.7 4
TEAM TOTAL OFFENSE
Rush Pass Total YPG YPP
N-C 3252 1371 4623 355.6 6.86
Bandys 2809 2012 4821 344.3 5.8
S. Iredell 2865 2237 5102 318.8 5.81
Bunker Hill 2547 853 3400 309.3 5.62
Draughn 2709 345 3054 254.5 4.59
Maiden 1234 1751 2985 248.7 4.89
E. Burke 1939 1016 2955 246.2 4.8
W. Cald. 1638 367 2005 182.2 3.56
TEAM SCORING
Rush Pass Oth. Total FG Saf
S. Iredell 46 27 8 81 8 2
N-C 40 18 4 62 4 1
Bandys 29 26 4 59 4 3
Bunker Hill 32 7 1 40 2 0
Draughn 29 4 4 37 0 0
Maiden 16 18 2 36 5 0
E. Burke 19 5 3 27 1 0
W. Cald. 8 2 0 10 0 0
TEAM VS. RUN
Att-Yds YPG TD YPC
S. Iredell 647-1949 121.8 17 3.01
Bandys 460-1784 127.4 20 3.87
N-C 497-1848 142.1 19 3.71
Maiden 537-2012 167.6 12 3.74
E. Burke 497-2328 194.0 21 4.68
Draughn 414-2350 195.8 28 5.67
Bunker Hill 494-2603 236.6 22 5.26
W. Cald. 386-2751 250.0 47 7.12
TEAM VS. PASS
C-A-I Pct Yds YPG TD YPP
Maiden 46-127-16 36.2 576 48.0 4 12.5
Bandys 75-174-13 43.1 1009 72.0 8 13.4
E. Burke 84-166-7 50.6 907 75.5 11 10.7
Bunker Hill 68-143-16 47.5 959 87.1 12 14.1
Draughn 80-164-11 48.7 1066 88.8 10 13.3
W. Cald. 65-109-3 59.6 1013 92.0 14 15.5
S. Iredell 126-301-33 41.8 1569 98.0 10 12.4
N-C 117-219-10 53.4 1787 137.4 11 15.2
TEAM TOTAL DEFENSE
Rush Pass Total YPG YPP
Bandys 1784 1009 2793 199.5 4.4
Maiden 2012 576 2588 215.6 3.9
S. Iredell 1949 1569 3518 219.8 3.7
E. Burke 2328 907 3235 269.5 4.8
N-C 1848 1787 3635 279.6 5.4
Draughn 2350 1066 3416 284.6 5.9
Bunker Hill 2603 959 3562 323.8 5.6
W. Cald. 2751 1013 3764 342.1 7.6
SCORING ALLOWED
Rush Pass Oth. Total FG Saf
Maiden 12 4 4 20 4 1
S. Iredell 17 10 2 29 5 1
Bandys 20 8 2 30 2 0
N-C 19 11 4 34 1 0
Bunker Hill 22 12 3 37 3 1
E. Burke 21 11 5 37 5 0
Draughn 28 10 4 42 4 0
W. Cald. 47 14 5 66 2 2
TURNOVER RATIO
Gives Takes Net
I FL Tot. I FR Tot. Net
S. Iredell 9 15 24 33 12 45 +21
Maiden 11 9 20 16 23 39 +19
Bunker Hill 13 16 29 16 21 37 +8
N-C 7 13 20 10 17 27 +7
Bandys 16 8 24 13 16 29 +5
W. Cald. 8 13 21 3 12 15 -6
Draughn 13 20 33 11 15 26 -7
E. Burke 15 17 32 7 10 17 -15
NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A
STANDINGS
Conf. All PF/Avg PA/Avg Marg.
S. Caldwell 6-0 12-1 503/38.6 180/14.5 +24.1
Hickory 4-2 8-5 292/22.4 245/18.8 +3.6
Hibriten 4-2 7-5 361/30.0 259/21.5 +8.5
Alex Central 4-2 5-7 370/30.8 396/33.0 -2.2
Watauga 2-4 5-7 248/20.6 419/34.9 -14.3
St. Stephens 1-5 2-9 93/8.4 361/32.8 -24.4
Fred T. Foard 0-6 2-8 125/12.5 369/36.9 -24.4
TEAM RUSHING
Att-Yds YPG TD YPC
S. Caldwell 570-4768 366.7 56 8.36
Hibriten 492-3430 285.8 45 6.97
Alex Central 514-3159 263.2 37 6.14
Hickory 457-2286 175.8 27 5.0
St. Stephens 452-1733 157.5 12 3.8
Foard 364-1456 145.6 13 4.0
Watauga 339-1153 96.1 21 3.4
TEAM PASSING
C-A-I Pct Yds PG TD
Watauga 136-244-17 55.7 1611 143.2 10
Hickory 123-227-9 54.1 1650 126.9 12
Alex Cent. 59-121-7 48.7 1288 107.3 12
S. Caldwell 43-100-0 43.0 853 65.6 11
Foard 54-122-14 44.2 617 61.7 5
St. Stephens 47-73-3 64.3 371 33.7 1
Hibriten 23-62-8 37.0 351 29.2 4
TEAM TOTAL OFFENSE
Rush Pass Total YPG YPP
S. Caldwell 4768 853 5621 432.3 8.38
Alex Central 3159 1288 4447 370.5 7.0
Hibriten 3430 351 3781 315.0 6.82
Hickory 2286 1650 3936 302.7 5.75
Watauga 1153 1611 2764 230.3 4.74
Foard 1456 617 2073 207.3 4.26
St. Stephens 1733 371 2104 191.2 4.0
TEAM SCORING
Rush Pass Oth. Total FG Saf
S. Caldwell 56 11 5 72 3 0
Alex Central 37 12 4 53 2 0
Hibriten 45 4 3 52 3 0
Hickory 27 12 3 42 4 1
Watauga 21 10 2 33 4 1
Foard 13 5 0 18 0 1
St. Stephens 12 1 0 13 1 0
TEAM VS. RUN
Att-Yds YPG TD YPC
S. Caldwell 426-1913 147.1 19 4.49
Hickory 493-2148 165.2 21 4.35
Hibriten 464-2164 180.3 23 4.66
St. Stephens 359-2432 221.0 33 6.77
Alex Central 432-2850 237.5 39 6.59
Foard 405-2876 287.6 41 7.1
Watauga 550-3459 288.2 49 6.28
TEAM VS. PASS
C-A-I Pct Yds YPG TD YPP
Foard 57-101-6 56.4 871 87.1 9 15.2
S. Cald. 93-197-12 47.2 1135 87.3 7 12.2
Hickory 88-175-12 50.2 1152 88.6 12 13.0
Watauga 89-161-8 55.2 1070 89.1 8 12.0
Hibriten 107-192-10 55.7 1259 104.9 10 11.8
St. Steph. 71-122-4 58.1 1275 115.9 13 17.9
Alex Cent. 90-146-4 61.6 1441 120.0 14 16.0
TEAM TOTAL DEFENSE
Rush Pass Total YPG YPP
S. Caldwell 1913 1135 3048 234.4 4.89
Hickory 2148 1152 3300 253.8 4.9
Hibriten 2164 1259 3423 285.2 5.2
Alex Central 2850 1441 4291 357.5 7.4
St. Stephens 2432 1275 3707 337.0 7.7
Foard 2876 871 3747 374.7 7.4
Watauga 3459 1070 4529 377.4 6.36
SCORING ALLOWED
Rush Pass Oth. Total FG Saf
S. Caldwell 19 7 0 26 3 0
Hickory 21 12 1 34 5 1
Hibriten 23 10 4 37 1 0
Foard 41 9 2 52 3 0
St. Stephens 33 13 5 51 2 3
Alex Central 39 14 4 57 1 0
Watauga 49 8 3 60 1 1
TURNOVER RATIO
Gives Takes Net
I FL Tot. I FR Tot. Net
S. Caldwell 0 9 9 12 18 30 +21
Hibriten 8 15 23 10 13 23 0
Hickory 9 14 23 12 11 23 0
Alex Central 7 18 25 4 15 19 -6
St. Stephens 3 17 20 4 6 10 -10
Foard 14 15 29 6 12 18 -11
Watauga 17 15 32 8 10 18 -14
2012 Team Stats
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