The 2005 High School Pigskin Preview

- NC Prep Report
Posted Aug 8, 2005


Come see some of the area’s best high school football talent kick-off the season early in the Thirteenth Annual High School Pigskin Preview at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday, August 13.

This annual football fund-raiser is a football free-for-all involving 16 teams, four on the field at once, beginning at a new, earlier starting time of 10:00am. The four groups of four teams will start at 10:00am, 12 noon, 2:00pm and 4:00pm respectfully. Organizers expect 9-12,000 spectators to attend during the eight-hour event that has features powerful teams and star players. Enjoy a day of high school football in a beautiful stadium free parking and one ticket gets you in for all four groups. This year's pairings are:

GROUP I 10:00AM ­ 12 noon

 

Smithfield-Selma Spartans

Coach: Anthony Barber

Conference: Greater Neuse River (4A)

2004 Record: 2-12

Team Notes:  After successful coaching stints at several local schools including starting the program at Middle Creek, former NC State star Anthony Barber has taken over the Spartan program and hope to work his magic there too. Barber has a weapon in returning quarterback Jeffrey Williams, who threw for 2,486 yards and 23 TDs last year, while rushing for over 1,000 on the ground. Williams’ passing 2,486 yards was sixth in the state last season overall and with graduated seniors in spots 1-5, he is the leading returning passer in the state.

 

Bunn Wildcats

Coach: David Howle

Conference: Northern Carolina (2A)

2004 Record:  12-1

Team Notes:  The Wildcats should have a strong defense and a new backfield. This squad has a large group of rising seniors and adds players from undefeated JV team. A strong linebacking crew is led by Kendrick Johnson, Kerry Neal and Matt Vestal. Three year starters Quincey Bolden and Fernando McKenzie anchor the lines. Mossette Heath, another three year starter, returns at wide receiver and defensive back. Last season’s quarterback Garrett Sutphen has transferred to Avery County and must be replaced.

 

East Duplin Panthers

Coach: Brian Aldridge

Conference: East Central (2A)

2004 Record:  10-4

Team Notes:  A traditionally strong program with hard hitters. Coach Brian Aldridge graduated a big group of seniors and looks to the next crop of players to keep on winning. Last season ended with them just barely losing 27-24 to fellow conference team and eventual state champion SW Onslow. The Panthers can put up some points, they scored over 50 points in a game three times last season. Signal caller Travis Aldridge returns and junior Tyler Blizzard should get a lot of touches running the ball. All but one of the offensive linemen return, led by senior center Bruce Penny.

 

Sanderson Spartans

Coach: Jason Tindal

Conference: CAP 7 (4A)

2004 Record: 2-8

Team Notes:  Coach Jason Tindal is in his second year of rebuilding the Spartan program. Last year’s highlight might have been a triple OT win over Leesville Road. Offensive leader J.R. Rogers has graduated and left some big shoes to fill.

 

GROUP II 12 noon ­ 2:00pm

 

Southern Vance Raiders

Coach: David Jennings

Conference: Northern Carolina (2A)

2004 Record: 12-2

Team Notes:  The Raiders went 12-2 last season under Coach David Jennings. All-state Shawn Kearney anchors the DL and all-conference Corei Plummer center. They must replace a big weapon in 2,000 yard rusher Reggie Hicks. Freshman Jamere Pugh threw for almost 900 yards last season and junior fullback Mark Ellis averaged over 11 yards a carry, for over 800 yards total.

 

Southwest Onslow Stallions

Coach: Phil Padgett

Conference: East Central (2A)

2004 Record: 15-1

Team Notes:  It has been back to back state championships for the mighty Stallions. This season they are led by athletic quarterback Kendrick Burney, who has committed to North Carolina. Coach refers to Burney as best player to ever play for him. Running back Dekota Marshall and tight end Kori Cumberland are both getting D1 college attention as well. Defense will be led by last season’s leading tackler Courtney Hatchell. Skill positions look strong but OL will have to jell early.

 

Cedar Ridge Red Wolves

Coach: Lou Geary

Conference:  Mid-State (2A)

2004 Record: 3-8

Team Notes:  Running back Devon Moore is should be hungry for a strong senior campaign after injuries limited him to only 1,200 yards last year. In Coach Lou Geary’s offense, Moore tallied almost 2,000 as a sophomore and is garnering ACC interest in his skills. Lineman Ben Lingley and Randy Greenough help make holes for Moore and the rest of the Red Wolves. Quarterback Patrick Dennis is getting looks from some in-state D1 and D1AA programs. The Red Wolves return a whopping 20 starters.

 

Wake Forest-Rolesville Cougars

Coach: Earl Smith

Conference:  CAP 7 (4A)

2004 Record: 7-7

Team Notes:  Coach Earl Smith’s turnaround at WFR got them to .500 last year and a playoff berth ­ can they go further this season? After starting the season 0-4, they finished out the season on a 7-3 run. The Cougars have to replace tailback Chad Holden who rushed for 1,800 yards and 20 TDs last season. They return nine offensive starters and six all-conference players. The offensive line should be extremely strong lead by Trey Dillard, all-conference center. Junior Brandon Davis should be the quarterback, after starting three playoffs games.

 

GROUP III 2:00pm ­ 4:00pm

 

Northern Durham Knights

Coach: Paul Rudio

Conference: PAC 6 (4A)

2004 Record: 8-5

Team Notes:  Northern, who went 8-5 last season, is a traditional powerhouse program. The Knights return quarterback Jordan Parker and running back Brandon Cuthrell, who rushed for almost 1,400 yards and 17 TDs - he also excels handling punting duties. Additional all-conference returnees include Johnathon Perkins (TE), Jorell English (DL), Jamal Reams (OG) and Wes Thompson (OG).

 

E. E. Smith Bulldogs

Coach: Milton Butts

Conference: Two Rivers (4A)

2004 Record: 12-3

Team Notes:  Coach Milton Butts’ squad went 12-3 last year, including three playoff wins. The Bulldogs averaged a county best 331 yards of offense a game but lose seven players to college football. Last year's sophomore sensation, running back Carter Sharpe is poised for a strong season. Sharpe rushed for over 2,800 yards and 35 TDs. Devin Radford, a recent VT commitment, plays some offense, defense and special teams.

 

East Wake Warriors

Coach: Jimmy Williams

Conference: Greater Neuse River (4A)

2004 Record: 11-1

Team Notes:  Coach Jimmy Williams squad returns 15 starters from last year’s 11-1 team. The Warriors got a huge break when DL Aleric Mullins (6-1/290), who was thought to be moving to Missouri, decided to come back to East Wake for his senior season. One of the top five players in the state, Mullins is looking at Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Oklahoma among others. Jamison Jones and Michael McDowell share running back duties but East Wake must replace stalwart quarterback Calvin Harris. Darren Obaji, John Vellissari and DeQuan Ross should be big contributors as well.

 

White Oak Vikings

Coach: Bob Blick

Conference: Mideastern (3A)

2004 Record:  5-8

Team Notes:  Head coach Bob Blick spent the six years as a Viking assistant coach before taking over the reigns this off-season.  There is heavy ACC interest in wide receiver/safety Deunta Williams who lists his favorites as North Carolina, N.C. State, and Virginia. Young on offense, aggressive on defense. Derrick White and Josh Bynum are strong linebackers, with Bynum having college potential with his punting duties as well. Gary Bass anchors the OL.

 

GROUP IV 4:00pm ­ 6:00pm

 

Broughton Caps

Coach: Chris Martin

Conference: CAP 7 (4A)

2004 Record: 1-10

Team Notes:  The Capitals hope to rebound from a rough season last year, the first for Coach Chris Martin. The return of 42 lettermen bodes well for a resurgence. Tom Roach should take over QB duties and has an able returning receiving corps led by Lee Browne and C'Darris Wright. Dominique Mason should get a lot the carries at running back. Joel Kuvuna is an all-conference performer at defensive end.

 

Millbrook Wildcats

Coach: Clarence Inscore

Conference: CAP 7 (4A)

2004 Record:  8-6

Team Notes:  Wildcats went undefeated in the conference and 8-6 overall last season. Sharief Graves (900 yards/15 TDs) should get more carries this season and thousand-yard passer John Hunt returns at quarterback. Justin Allen anchors both the OL/DL. The defense should be strong with support from the linebackers and defensive backs.

 

Southeast Raleigh Bulldogs

Coach: Chad O’Shea

Conference: Greater Neuse River (4A)

2004 Record: 4-7

Team Notes:  The Bulldogs are a perennial contender coming off rough 4-7 season. Coach Chad O’Shea will have to replace a lot of skill players. Last season's leading rusher David Ricks should carry the running load.

 

Southern Durham Spartans

Coach: Jeff Parker

Conference: PAC 6 (4A)

2004 Record: 13-1
Team Notes:  The Spartans big OL Carl Johnson (6-6, 335) has recently committed to Florida over a slew of offers. A combination of power and speed, he is a five star recruit, one of the best OL prospects in the country and is considered the best recruit in the state by most experts. And his father Jeff Parker is the new head coach at Southern. Returning quarterback Kevin Atkins is getting looks from N.C. State, Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest, East Carolina and Notre Dame. Ramadan Abdul-Azeez, Chris Kenan and Okoye Gordon are strong contributors.

The 16 teams are divided into four groups of four teams each and will compete against each other for 120 minutes in a football version of a round-robin tournament. A Boss Hog will be determined at the end of each of the two-hour segments. The pairings in two hour blocks allow the fans of the individual schools to know exactly when their teams will play while the avid football fan may stay and enjoy a full eight hours of high school football, if desired.

Each of the four teams in a group will scrimmage the other three in open field formations from the 40-yard line (2 teams at each end of the field). Teams will have 10 minutes on offense and 10 minutes on defense per opponent. They will then go to the goal line segment of the competition and run one offensive set (4 plays) against each opponent. Each segment will be concluded with a placekicking contest, starting from the 20-yard line and progressively moving back, kicking until a miss.

Teams will receive points based on offense and defense, and for scoring or stopping their opponents. A Boss Hog will be crowned for each of the four segments, and the winners will receive a Boss Hog plaque.

Admission to the 2005 High School Pigskin Preview is $8.00, which includes a free roster of all the players. Tickets will be on sale atthe Carter-Finley gate the day of the event. Parking opens at 9:00am, the ticket office and stadium gates open at 9:30am and the Pigskin Preview kicks off at 10:00am. All ticket sales final; no rain date; no refunds. With the current stadium improvements in progress at Carter-Finley, fans will be seated on the west side of the stadium. Fans should enter the parking lot through Gate C off of Trinity Road and enter the stadium through walk-up Gate 2-3 on the west side directly beneath the press box and new tower addition.

Proceeds from the event go to a scholarship fund established by the event organizers, the Triangle Educational Advancement Foundation. The Triangle Educational Advancement Foundation is a 501(c)3 volunteer organization that also organizes the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament held in December, the Eurosport Spring Soccer Showcase in April and the Eurosport Fall Soccer Showcase in September at SAS Soccer Park. The purpose of these events is to provide scholarships to deserving students within the Triangle (graduating seniors, 2.8 or better GPA, having a need and exhibiting sound character). Over the past eight years the Foundation distributed $465,000 in scholarships to each of the public high schools in the Triangle area, plus providing $150,000 in funding for an endowment program. For the 2004-05 school year, the Foundation funded 57 scholarships to 28 high schools in the greater Triangle area.

For additional information on the High School Pigskin Preview, the status of the event due to possible inclement weather or the Triangle Educational Advancement Foundation, visit the website: www.trianglepigskin.com.


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