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
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.
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
Expect Mount Tabor and West Forsyth to march through the
league and settle the championship on October 21st when the Spartans
travel to Clemmons.
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
Greensboro Page at Davie County
Davie County at West Rowan
Thomasville at Davie County
West Forsyth at Richmond County
Carver at Mount Tabor
Davie County at Hibriten
Davie County at West Forsyth
Mount Tabor at R.J. Reynolds
Davie County at Mount Tabor
North Davidson at R.J. Reynolds
Mount Tabor at West Forsyth
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