Pigskin Preview 2011: Central Piedmont 4A

The Central Piedmont Conference has always been an interesting league to cover for the past twenty-five years. Just when you think you've figured out a team or have an idea what you think will happen, the opposite of that seems to take place.

Projected Conference Finish
 1. Mt. Tabor
 6. Reagan

After starting the season 1-4, nobody would have predicted that Davie County would represent the West in the 4-A state championship game.  That same group of prognosticators would not have guessed that Mount Tabor would have lost to Davie in the second round of the playoffs after beating the War Eagles 34-0 just a few weeks before.

But that is just how this conference is.  Teams come out of nowhere every year.

Mount Tabor has been the most dominant team in the league for the past seventeen years.  The Spartans have won the conference championship nine times since 1993 and have finished second three other times. 

The Spartans are expecting similar success this season as they return 27 lettermen from last year's 11-2 season.  They have an abundance of speed at nearly every position on the field but experience could be a factor early in the season as they did lose 15 starters.Alex McCalister - (B.Richard)

Anxious for a shot at the crown will be West Forsyth.  The Titans have a good mix of experience and youth with speed on both sides of the ball. West also has benefitted by having Alex McCalister transfer in from R.J. Reynolds.  McCalister is one of the biggest college prospects of the year in North Carolina and should be a big boost to his team with his size and speed.

Davie has a lot of holes to fill from last year's team but will still be in their share of games due to the strength of their offensive line and running game. While the War Eagles will lack experience, success breeds success and Davie was able to get some young players five extra weeks of practice last year.

The War Eagles have a tough schedule but could still find themselves in the mix in late October.

North Davidson is coming off of a 9-3 season but also graduated a lot of key starters.  The Black Knights do however return the conference offensive player of the year in quarterback Karsten Miller.  If their young offensive line can give Miller some protection, he could dazzle fans with his big arm and find receiver Charles Brunson in open space.  Brunson was the second leading receiver on the team and is poised for a great senior season.

R.J. Reynolds and Reagan both are coming off of tough seasons but both teams have the pieces in place to improve their standing in the conference.  Reagan lacks depth but their defense and special teams could keep them in games late and give them a chance to win. 

Reynolds brings back a lot of experience on the offensive side of the ball and has explosive speed at many of the skill positions.  The defense may have to mature quickly but they should be able to score enough points to keep them in every game they play.

Our Call
Expect Mount Tabor and West Forsyth to march through the league and settle the championship on October 21st when the Spartans travel to Clemmons.
 
Surprise Team
Reynolds and North Davidson are the teams to be on the lookout for.  Both have speed and the ability to put points on the board.  In a league that always surprises us, either of these teams could find themselves in the mix this fall.

Dates to Remember

August 19th
Greensboro Page at Davie County
 
August 26th
Davie County at West Rowan
 
September 16th
Thomasville at Davie County
West Forsyth at Richmond County
Carver at Mount Tabor
 
September 23rd
Davie County at Hibriten
 
October 7th
Davie County at West Forsyth
Mount Tabor at R.J. Reynolds
 
October 14th
Davie County at Mount Tabor
 
October 21st
North Davidson at R.J. Reynolds
Mount Tabor at West Forsyth
 
 
Contact Chris Hughes at chughes@carolinapreps.com

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