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  1. Brandon Wiggins announced on his Twitter last night that he's no longer the head coach at Ben L. Smith in Greensboro.
  2. Page goes 3-8, places 3rd in the conference, lost to the arch rival and missed the playoffs. Last season was bad, and this season was worse. Some people say that it was the schedule that was Page's demise, but Page loses to Davie, Northern Guilford, Dudley, and Ragsdale, 4 games Page probably should have won, looking back at what happened in those games. Page is supposed to be able to compete with teams like East Forsyth and West Forsyth. Highland Springs should have been the only game were Page was out-manned and destined to lose. The schedule was not the reason why Page lost so many games this year.. Some people say that it was because Page had so many injuries, but injuries are part of the game, and all teams experience injuries at one point or another. Injuries are not the reason why Page lost so many games this year. Coming into the season (this summer), Page had a Senior QB, Senior RB, 3 senior DBs who all had D1 offers, and a lot of other talented players on both sides of the ball all over the field. A lack of talent or being young is not the reason why Page lost so many ball games this year. With the tradition that Page has, kids normally want to play on a team like Page, but for some reason some of those leaders that Page was supposed to have transferred out of the program, I don't know the exact reasons why for most of them (RB Adams to Dudley, and CB Butler-Garner to NE Guilford), but it happened and it caused Page to play younger players early on in their development. Page was not really supposed to be as "young" as they were this season, but something down the line didn't click and it didn't bode well. Call it a down year, call it whatever you want. But it wasn't a down year because of a lack of talent or because the schedule was tough. A lot of Page alumni who have been going to games for 40-50 years think it is a lack of direction and output from the higher ups within the football program. AND, even if it was a lack of talent, we've seen in the past where less than average talent at Page be able to flourish because they were led properly. Page this year, lacked fundamentals, lacked discipline, they lacked motivation and they did not execute well. All of this is directly tied to coaching and NOT because of the players or the schedule. It seems like a lot of the kids are just not on board right now, they aren't making the scrappy hard-nosed plays that we are used to seeing. A good coaching staff could take our kids to the playoffs, even with the "brutal" schedule and injuries. They can coax ok players to be good, good players to be really good, really good players to be exceptional. We have not seen that with the current coaching staff. Its been 3 years now, and it's progressively gotten worse as time has gone on. The bottom line is, this is all for the kids. They want to win, and they want opportunities to play at the next level. if the level of play on the team is diminished, those opportunities go away. Page supporters love football, and have seen what it takes over the years. We want to see the best opportunities for the kids.
  3. Page hosts Grimsley next Friday on Nov 8th, last week of the regular season. I highly doubt Grimsley slips up to Ragsdale this week while Page is on its Bye week. Yes, its a week early for Grimsley, but lets be real.. this is the biggest game of the season for them. It's been 12 years since Grimsley has bested Page, and this year is their best shot, according to many. I didn't see a Grimsley/Ragsdale thread on the boards, so here we are! Page has had a pretty rough year, considering many factors. The Pirates are the clear cut underdog in this one. Grimsley has had its best year this year since being 4A runners up in 2005. Page hasn't had a good season offensively as we've seen the past 10 years, so i suspect this game will come down to how many points Page can score, and how well they can stop Grimsley's senior heavy led offense. As we've seen in the past, the underdog will keep it close for 2-3 quarters, and then somewhere in the 2nd half the favorite will pull away, but we've also seen games go down to the wire regardless of record and also big upsets in this series, although few and far between. The last year there was an upset was in 2007, when then 3-4 Page beat 7-0 Grimsley 24-23. Grimsley also hasn't had a big win in this series since 2005, when they won 41-14, so it could be due time for one. The storied history and tradition makes for one of the biggest and most heated rivalries in the state of NC, this one will be close for a bit, it always is regardless of record, both teams always play their hardest game of the season in this one! We will see what happens next Friday night!
  4. Oak Grove won't get a break following Friday's 21-14 OT win over Ledford because now they'll have to prepare for a very tough Thomasville team that seems to be getting hot at just the right time. I came away very impressed with Oak Grove but I'm not sure how optimistic I am about them coming away with a win over the Bulldogs. Anytime you have to go into Cushwa Stadium, it's always an uphill battle trying to come away with a win. Oak Grove can pretty much wrap up the Central Carolina 2A Conference with a win.
  5. This is the top game in the state this week and will feature two big rivals going head to head, both trying to win the Central Piedmont 4A Championship. Both Reagan and West Forsyth have been ranked in the Top-10 throughout the season and this is certain to be a dandy of a game. I will be on the call for this one on My48 on television Friday night in the Triad market.
  6. If i am not mistaken East Forsyth have players injured. Could Davie County pull the upset? Any thoughts?
  7. Western Alamance has quietly put together a great season, but they've done it a bit differently than in previous years. They don't have the offensive firepower from years past, but they are still 7-1, but have a huge battle this Friday against a surging NE Guilford squad. Any thoughts from our Triad followers? I know WA is a very well coached team, but the coaches have to remind the players to stay grounded and not overlook Northeast in anticipation of next week's big game against first-placed Eastern Alamance.
  8. This is going to be a great game in Midway this Friday night. Oak Grove has had a breakout season in only their second year of varsity competition. I'll be doing the TV broadcast of this game live on My48 in the Triad market alongside Chris Edwards. If you can't make the game, be sure to tune in. As for the game, I think it's going to be a hard-hitting one, but the big question is, can Ledford stop the OG offense?
  9. Mr.Blue&Gray

    Glenn 21, Davie 16

    Davie County pulled off a big upset win at West Forsyth on their Homecoming. Glenn pulled off a big upset the week before at Reagan. Any thoughts? This could be a game of interest.
  10. This is one of the most competitive 4A conferences in the state and it's still up for grabs. There isn't a bad team in the league and I don't think the title will be settled until the final week of the season, but the East/Reagan winner will certainly have the inside track if Davie can't beat Glenn. Team Conference Overall Home W L T PCT W L T PCT PF PA W L Davie County (Mocksville) 2 0 0 1.000 5 3 0 0.625 290 254 3 1 West Forsyth (Clemmons) 1 1 0 0.500 7 1 0 0.875 334 115 3 1 Reagan (Pfafftown) 1 1 0 0.500 7 1 0 0.875 318 119 3 1 East Forsyth (Kernersville) 1 1 0 0.500 7 1 0 0.875 297 140 3 1 Glenn, Robert B. (Kernersville) 1 1 0 0.500 5 3 0 0.625 160 80 1 2 Reynolds, R.J. (Winston Salem) 0 2 0 0.000 3 5 0 0.375 214 270 1 3
  11. Big match up for the CPC. Any thoughts? I will say West Forsyth 24-14.
  12. Talk about a big game, you have two teams ranked in the Top-20 going at it this week in Forsyth County. East Forsyth was able to gut out a tough victory over Glenn on Saturday (and despite the close game, I applaud their effort because Saturday games are always tough), and Reagan was able to bounce back from a close loss to Glenn by winning a shootout against R.J. Reynolds. East is certainly one of the most talented teams in the state, but don't sleep on this Reagan team. This game will be a good one, and I think the Raiders will be ready for the challenge playing at home.
  13. Mr.Blue&Gray

    Reagan vs East Forsyth

    This could be a really good match up. Both teams lost their 1st game a week ago. Any thoughts?
  14. Went to this one thinking it would be a good game. Thought wrong. The Falcons made EG look like a JV team last night. Just obliterated the Wildcats in the trenches. On offense, they ran the ball at will. On defense, they had Smith fighting for his life. The Southeast secondary was excellent. Justin Fleming had an impressive pick-six. Jaden Fairley ran for a few touchdowns (including a magnificent long run down the left sideline to begin the second half). He's fun to watch. He hides behind that offensive line and when the defense spots him it's usually too late. He's got good power for his size also. To my surprise, SE has two other running backs that can scoot as well. I also have to mention that the Falcon special teams did an outstanding job of containing Coleman on kickoff returns. Once Zion Fleming gets his timing down with his receivers, Southeast is going to be a tough, tough out.
  15. Mr.Blue&Gray

    East Surry at Reidsville

    This I a match up I would like to see. East Surry Cardinals 1AA possibly the best 1AA team in the West vs 2A Powerhouse Reidsville Rams. I would like to watch the Boaz and Gosnell kid for East Surry play. Any thoughts??
  16. We've got a varsity game being played on Thursday night as High Point Central hosts R.B. Glenn at Simeon Stadium. The game is on Thursday because both Central and Andrews share the stadium, and both have home games, which means when that happens, they alternate who plays on Thursday and who plays on Friday. I saw Central this week when I was calling the game on My 48 TV and Central is much better than the 0-5 record, and I think they'll give Glenn a run for their money. I plan on being there because this is a great opportunity to get some Carter Brothers BBQ, which happens to be my most favorite BBQ in all of NC.
  17. Mr.Blue&Gray

    Mt. Tabor at West Forsyth

    So far MT Tabor has showed very little offense. West Forsyth has been blowing teams out in the trenches. If Tabor don't get their offense going. I will say West Forsyth 31-7.
  18. Any thoughts or predictions? I will say Dudley by 6
  19. 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.
  20. Big match in the Greensboro Triad. I will say Grimsley by12. Any thoughts or predictions?
  21. 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)
  22. 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)
  23. 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.