It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!!
We are getting deep into the high school playoffs and we still have four teams in the hunt and we have three key players that have been getting much of the pub, still much in the hunt, to be named Guilford County’s best….It may seem like best QB, but this leans toward top player, because to be the best, you have to lead the troops and our men are doing just that. They are field generals, and their teams are in round three and all three have a chance to be the talk of the town.
Joe Barile will have the full fill/schpill on the Page win over Westover and we may see a note or two from Paul Lambeth after he gets back from the big game with N.C. State at North Carolina. The Pack and the Heels, and Joe is at the game, along with Doug Cockman, Bruce Bullington and about 57,000 other loud and crazy screaming fans in 30 degree temperatures. For me I’ll take the ball up to Guilford College and get in some pass routes today. Getting tired of watching everyone else run to glory, and it’s time to run right out there with the other football nutts and get in the real game.
We have more time to talk about our local talent after last night’s results, and while we have a chance, let’s maybe make this the topic of the year, and keep pushing it out there on Newman, Lewis and even Tim Romer. Who will we name as Guilford County’s top player in 2008.
All three have achance to make another statement for their cause next Friday night as Dudley(13-0) hosts Ragsdale(13-0) in what might be the biggest game in Guilford County history, involving strictly just the two teams from the same county. Ricky Lewis Jr. will have his say and he spoke volumes again last night with his three TD runs in the Panthers 46-0 win over Wilson Fike.
Will Newman matched Lewis Jr. with 3 touchdown runs and 196 yards rushing. From numbers that were coming across our desk, Lewis had 206 on the ground. Neither team had to worry about passing with Newman 5-12 for 61 yards and Lewis threw once and that pass fell incomplete.
That’s where Romer comes in. Ragsdale will have to pass to beat the Dudley Panthers. Dudley will stop the Tigers inside running and they probably will not only stop it, they will stuff it. That’s where Romer comes in again. If Romer can find the passing holes in the Dudley defense, then Ragsdale can beat Dudley. They will have to do it by going to the air. Anderson, Sonricker, Jenkins, Miller, and especially Nick Mearite. Mearite made the big plays to help Ragsdale beat Western 14-3 and he can help the Tigers get key yards versus Dudley. The Tiger kicker Kasey Redfern will also be a key factor pinning Dudley deep on kickoffs and he might be able to add a game-winning field goal and that’s a weapon that Dudley does not have.
Ragsdale used the power I formation with Ed “Rat” Ross at FB and primarily Charles Thommason at TB in the second half but they will have to look elsewhere against the tight Dudley inside “D”. Tiger lineman Cedric Ellison said it well in the N&R when he told Tom Keller, “you have class, radio, TV, and the Internet(GREENSBOROSports.com we hope) coming at you and you still have to get prepared and be focused on the game.” It all starts up again today with the “Next Big Game”, looming on the horizon.
Jim Modlin the Ragsdale Tiger man will have more for us here at GREENSBOROSports.com on last night’s chiller/thriller in Jamestown and he will look ahead to Ragsdale at Dudley.
Page(9-4) will not get Mount Tabor next, but they will entertain Fayetteville 71st after the Pirates 28-10 victory over Westover. Seventy-First(11-2) upset #1 seed Tabor 14-0 and the boys from Fayetteville are coached by Bob Paroli. Paroli has only been coaching high school football in this state for 50 years and he took Fayetteville Byrd to five state championship games. More from Joe on the way.
Northeast Guilford(7-6) pulled off what may have been the biggest upset of the year as they defeated Harnett Central 49-28. Harnett Central was the #1 seed in the 3-AA East and the Rams beat them with NEG QB Darius White throwing for three TD’s, and Kenny Rush along with Rayshawn Trader, both accounted for two Ram scores. Big night for the Rams who travel again next week to take on Northern Vance(8-5). Vance, the four seed in the 3-AA East, beat Spring Lake last night 23-7.
High Point Andrews fell hard on the road last evening losing in Belmont, to South Point, 42-14. The HPA Red Raiders close the 2008 campaign at (8-4) and the South Point Red Raiders move on at (12-1).
We have four teams left with Dudley, Ragsdale, Page and Northeast Guilford, and the race for the chase to be the top face in the place; with Romer, Lewis and Newman heads into week number 14 next Friday.