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  1. Any thoughts or predictions? I will say Dudley by 6
  2. When it comes to football this is both schools biggest rival. Page comes into the match up 0-2, losing both games by a combined 3 points and Dudley comes in a 1-1 after bouncing back last week against Ragsdale. Should be a great match up as always, the series is all knotted up at 4-4 (on the field), the past 8 years.
  3. Big match in the Greensboro Triad. I will say Grimsley by12. Any thoughts or predictions?
  4. I haven't seen Davie yet this year, but I saw Page up close and personal on Friday, and have seen a few Page athletes over the spring/summer at some camps, so I have a pretty good gauge on the talent level of the Pirates. However, based on conversation with other coaches about the War Eagles, and knowing a bit about the talent they return, and the gritty level of play that Davie always brings, I think that Friday's season opener should be nothing short of fun and exciting to watch. I think both teams will show the ability to score, but I'm also sure that both will probably make some mistakes as well. In the CarolinaPreps.com Preseason Top-20 Power Rankings, I ranked Page at 11th, but having seen them, they probably wouldn't be ranked nearly that high if I could do it again. The Pirates are young in a lot of spots, and while very talented, they've got to grow up and show that they're the contenders we usually expect them to be. I'm not sure if Davie will be a 6 or 7-win kind of team this year, but this is what I expect on Friday. I have no doubt in my mind that Page will get Davie's best effort of the year, and I'm kind of leaning towards picking the War Eagles at home. History shows us that they'll show up strong for this game, and if they do come out and win it, it could really change the trajectory of this team and lead them towards a big year. The new Davie stadium is a great place to watch a game, so get there early and enjoy the action! PLAYERS TO WATCH: For Davie: QB Nate Hampton (Jr.) and RB/Slot Tate Carney (So.) For Page: Both QB's could be fun to watch, Javondre Paige (Sr.) will probably start, but Alonza Barnett (So.) may be too talented to sit on the bench all season. COACHING MATCHUP: Jared Rolfes is in his third season at Page and has a 40-22 record as a head coach. Tim Devericks is in his fourth season at Davie and has a 13-16 record as a head coach. SERIES RECORD (Davie leads 8-6) 2018: Page 35-28 (Page forfeits) 2017: Page 20-14 (OT) 2016: Davie 39-29 2015: Page 53-22 2014: Davie 45-40 2013: Page 32-22 2012: Davie 31-14 2011: Page 41-7 2010: Page 28-13 2009: Page 34-14 2008: Davie 50-49 2007: Davie 42-35 2003: Davie 34-14 (Playoffs) 2002: Davie 36-14 (Playoffs)
  5. This is one of the best games of the opening week with the defending 4A champions traveling west to take on perennial 3A contenders, A.C. Reynolds. I have not laid eyes on Reynolds yet, but having spoke with head coach Shane Laws, he still feels very confident about this team, although they're younger with some new key faces leading the way. I have seen East Forsyth and they still look the part of a state championship team. Any thoughts on this matchup? I think that A.C. Reynolds will keep it close, and being at home should help, but ultimately I see East pulling away late for a comfortable win. COACHING MATCHUP: Shane Laws: 12 years at Reynolds (124-38 record) Todd Willert: 16 years at East Forsyth (136-67 record)
  6. Pate Stadium should be rocking this Friday as Southeast Guilford (your 3AA runners-up from 2018) visit Scotland (your 4A runners-up from 2018). These are two outstanding teams, both with a lot of size and talent. If there wasn't so many outstanding games taking place this week, this contest would have been on my very short-list for attending. Being at home, one would think that Scotland would be the favorites, and having seen them last week against Dillon, I think they will be slight favorites, but don't for a moment think that the Falcons aren't on a mission to make it back to the state finals and leave their mark on Scots fans! COACHING MATCHUP: Richard Bailey is in his eight season at Scotland has posted a 205-59 record. He also has six state championship game appearances under his belt. Kennedy Tinsley is entering his third season at Southeast Guilford, and he's posted a 23-5 record, including making it to last year's 3AA finals.
  7. Way too early for the 2 programs to be playing each other. Last couple of years MT Tabor has started the season off very slow. I will say Reagan by 8. Any thoughts or predictions.
  8. https://www.highschoolot.com/wake-forest-myers-park-lead-preseason-highschoolot-polls/18563221/
  9. So after spring ball what is the outlook for all the teams in Forsyth county? I'm sure just about every team has a representative somewhere in these forums. With the teams ranging from 1A to 4A it should be exciting. The teams are Atkins Carver High East Forsyth High Glenn High Mount Tabor High North Forsyth High Parkland High Reagan High Reynolds High Walkertown High West Forsyth High Winston-Salem Prep Academy
  10. I stopped by Gibsonville yesterday to visit with new Eastern Guilford head coach Tony Aguilar and check out the team. If you haven't noticed, this program, even going into its third year with its third different coach, has gone 37-7 over the last three seasons. From the crispness of the practice, and from the look of some of the talent, I think this will be a team to contend with this season.
  11. Link: CarolinaPreps.com | 2019 West Forsyth FCA 7-on-7 highlights
  12. This has potential to be a very fun year in the Central Piedmont 4A Conference. Having been very close to this league for over 25 years, I have learned to always expect the unexpected. Many times in the past, teams have been projected to win the league only to finish last, or vise-versa. This is one of the better 4A leagues in N.C. in terms of fan support and some good old fashioned rivalries, and sometimes winning on the opposing teams field is harder than it may appear on paper. Speaking of paper, on paper, North Davidson appears to be the team to beat. I would say 85% of the coaches have told me they expect the Black Knights to win it, and why not, they are very well coached, very talented, very deep, and have a phenomenal, battle-tested QB leading the charge. Senior quarterback Joe Butts, son of former North head coach Bill Butts, is as good a high school quarterback as you could ask for. What he lacks in size (6'0/185) he makes up for in mobility, arm strength, and most importantly, a high football IQ. He has incredible touch on his passes, he can throw on the run, and he is smart enough to know where every player is on the field. When you find a high school kid with that capacity to make quick, but good decisions, in split second instances, and put the ball on the mark, you can feel certain you'll have a great season. You pair Butts abilities and the tools around him with the coaching prowess of Mark Holcomb, and you've got yourself the makings of a great season. I've known Coach Holcomb for years, but having spent a considerable amount of time with him at the Shrine Bowl, watch him coach one-on-one, and sit with him and X & O with him and realize how smart he is, and furthermore, how well he communicates those schemes in an easy to understand package to high school players is something special. Those skills solidifies why he's such a high-level coach and destined to become one of the all-time greats before he hangs up his whistle in a decade or so. Since I mentioned weapons, Nygil Dalton is a stud to be reckoned with. He can play both sides of the ball, he's built very well, and can fly. I fully expect him to be playing on Saturdays in an FCS conference at the very least. There are so many other players that I can't really list them all, but North is flat out loaded, and in my opinion, worthy of the preseason Top-10 ranking I bestowed upon them. Wrapping up my thought on North Davidson, with them returning their receiving corps and having a very seasoned offensive line, they'll be poised to score 40+ almost every night. They have the best kicker in America possibly (Christopher Dunn) so anytime they get across midfield, they can already start thinking 3 points at the very least. Moving on, who is the 2nd best team in the CPC? I think it's a toss up between West Forsyth who is still very young and probably a year away from being very dominant, Reagan, who has to find away to replace some key players, and Davie County who may be just as exciting as North Davidson on the offensive side of the ball. I really think this can be a fun year at Davie County. Not only will this be the last year at the current Davie HS and old stadium, but they have a chance to send that stadium out in style by lighting up the scoreboard lights often behind the arm and legs of QB Chris Reynolds. Reynolds, a small but very effective quarterback will be fun to watch. At around 5'11 and maybe 190, he's solid and can take a few hard hits and keep going, but his swiftness and cannon arm will make him one of the top highlight makers in the Triad. He completed 197 of 317 passes for 2800+ yards and 28 TD's and ran for over 700. He truly is the catalyst for this squad. On the defensive side, James Boyle is a stud at the LB spot and can lay the lumber, he reminds me a lot of Patrick Lowery who was a stud for DC back in the late 90's/early 00's. In my estimation, if he and the other War Eagle defenders can at least bring their B-game, they'll win most nights. The only issue for Davie in my opinion though is their incredibly tough schedule as their non-conference opponents are Greensboro Page, West Rowan, Greensboro Dudley, North Rowan, and Hopewell. Up in Pfafftown, Reagan wil once again be very solid and especially dangerous on the offensive side of the ball. I've said this a time or two before, but Josh McGee has certainly establish himself as one of the top younger coaches in NC. As a former QB, he understand the offensive game and the way he translates his knowledge to the players is the key to his popularity among players, and the cornerstone for his play calling on Friday's. He has established a culture of winning, and of playing a fun-style of football, and I don't see that stopping anytime soon. The only down-side of his rise could be the fact that one day soon a larger, more prominent program could come calling for his services. The positives for Reagan in 2016 is that they return 8 defensive starters. The negative, if there is one, is that the defense was torched for 29 ppg, however, and a big plus, is the fact that McGee was able to bring in the defensive coordinator from Northern Guilford, which will be a huge addition. McGee will also have to break in a new QB and overall offensive unit, but as earlier stated, his offensive coaching skill is second to none so I don't feel that will even be an issue. West Forsyth will be an interesting team to watch as well. I stated earlier that they're probably a year away from doing some special things, but don't sleep on the youngsters that Adrian Snow has playing for him and it all starts with junior defensive end K.J. Henry, the 6'6/210 pounder that is the son of the Catawba College defensive coordinator. Henry will be a 5-star threat by his senior season and has already been recruited by the biggest and best schools in the SEC and the nation. He will be a difference maker on the line of scrimmage and a game changer in crucial moments because of this natural speed and agilities and his exceptional football IQ. These young players were very stout on the Titans JV squad last year and if they can grow up fast, they can win big on Friday nights. Obviously they'll have to replace some key members off of last year's 3rd round team, but I think West has enough veterans to show the young kids the way. One team that we can't count out when talking about the CPC is Mount Tabor. While at 5-6, they didn't resemble the usually potent looking Spartan squads of the past, but head coach Laymarr Marshall has some great looking kids working hard over there and if you overlook them, they'll certainly bite you. Obviously team speed is always the biggest threat any Tabor squad possesses, and I think they have plenty of it in '16. Similar to Davie though, they play a mammoth non-conference schedule that includes East Forsyth, Carver, Glenn, and North Forsyth. Another greatly improved team is Parkland, but again, the schedule is so brutal that you don't know exactly where the chips may fall for them. What I do know is that head coach Martin Samek has changed the culture at Parkland, and they have some incredible looking kids that have really bought into what he's teaching them. The Mustangs will have some great speed across the team, and one of the best athletes in NC ini Kyndel Dean who will certainly be tearing it up on Saturdays in the very near future. R. J. Reynolds in my opinion really exceeded expectations in 2015 under new head coach Pat Crowley, and I feel they'll certainly try to make their mark again this year. With a very manageable non-conference schedule, they could come rolling into CPC play with a winning record and ready to make some noise. Most Anticipated Games: Parkland at West Forsyth (Sep. 23) Reagan at Davie County (Sep. 30) North Davidson at Mt. Tabor (Sep. 30) Reagan at North Davidson (Oct. 7) North Davidson at Davie (Oct. 14) West Forsyth at Reagan (Thurs. Oct. 20) West Forsyth at North Davidson (Nov. 4) Ranking The Coaches: Adrian Snow (West Forsyth): 108-64 (Shrine Bowl '12) Mark Holcomb (North Davidson): 107-46 (Shrine Bowl '15) Laymarr Marshall (Mt. Tabor): 71-31 Josh McGee (Reagan): 39-22 Martin Samek (Parkland): 18-60 DeVore Holman (Davie County): 15-20 Pat Crowley (R.J. Reynolds): 4-7 My Projections: 1. North Davidson 2. West Forsyth 3. Reagan 4. Davie 5. Mt. Tabor 6. Parkland 7. R.J. Reynolds Previous CPC Champions: 2015: Reagan/North Davidson/West Forsyth 2014: Reagan 2013: West Forsyth 2012: North Davidson 2011: Mt. Tabor 2010: Mt. Tabor 2009: R.J. Reynolds 2008: Mt. Tabor 2007: Mt. Tabor 2006: Davie/West Forsyth/Mt. Tabor 2005: Davie/West Forsyth/Mt. Tabor 2004: Davie 2003: West Forsyth 2002: West Forsyth 2001: South Rowan/North Davidson/Davie 2000: R.J. Reynolds/West Forsyth/South Rowan 1999: Davie 1998: Mt. Tabor 1997: Mt. Tabor 1996: Mt. Tabor 1995: West Forsyth 1994: Mt. Tabor 1993: Mt. Tabor 1992: West Forsyth 1991: West Forsyth 1990: West Forsyth 1989: West Forsyth 1988: Parkland/Reynolds/Kannapolis 1987: Kannapolis 1986: West Forsyth 1985: Parkland
  13. Parkland is 5-0 for first time since Dee Bell was head coach and travels to Clemmonsville to take on West. I like Parkland's stars better but West may be a little to much up front and overall for Mustangs to match up with. I think it's safe to say that Snow will outcoach Sammeck as well. I will say this though, if #7 Kyndal Dean gets out in the flats and has room to run, he could be the swing vote for Parkland to shock the Titans. I guess this is where we find out how real they are, are they CPC contendoers? Or just living it up with cupcake schedule?
  14. North Davidson (4-0) at Charlotte Christian (4-0) may be one of the best games in the state this Friday. I've seen Christian a few times already this year and they are as good as any 3A team and most 4A teams in the state. I would say the first 22 players for Christian is as good as anyones, but they do lack some depth which could come into play against a very strong North Davidson squad. This game will feature two of the best head coaches, play callers, as well as two of the best QB's in NC. Christian is led by an amazing sophomore that I've seen a few times already in Garrett Shrader. He's your prototypical looking future D-1 player, he's 6'4, can move, and has great downfield awareness and quick feet. He's averaging around 250 yards passing a game and really put on a show when the Knights defeated Cuthbertson where he he completed 25 or 40 and threw for 305 yards. North's Joe Butts is as polished a QB as I've seen, the son of former ND head coach Bill Butts, he's got great feet, tremendous vision, and a smooth touch on the deep ball. He's averaging close to 300 yards per game. FOR THE RECORD: North Davidson (4-0) Head Coach: Mark Holcomb 13th season (111-46) 2016 Results: at High Point Central (4A) 55-21 W Ledord 31-7 W Asheboro 35-14 W at Lexington 48-13 W Charlotte Christian (4-0) Head Coach: Jason Estep 10th season (81-24) 2016 Results: Charlotte Catholic (4A) 20-13 W Carolina Pride 49-0 W Cuthbertson 49-19 W West Ashley SC (4A) 31-27
  15. Open enrollment has tremendously affected the landscape of high school football in North Carolina. How would that factor change if larger counties like Guilford and Wake County adopted that same concept as Mecklenburg and Forsyth County have?
  16. I'm hearing talks about the Greensboro Page/ Greensboro Dudley showdown which is late in October, but what do many of you think about this matchup between High Point Central and Page?