What they’re saying across the state about Saturday’s NCHSAA Football Championship Games:On Dudley, Page and Eastern Guilford and a bonus Reidsville Rams’ Review

Posted by Andy Durham on December 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm under High School, Video | 3 Comments to Read

CLICK HERE for the report on the Dudley Panthers-Cape Fear Colts from the Fayetteville Observer…
Next up we have the Weddington Warriors-Eastern Guilford Wildcats game from the Charlotte Observer….CLICK HERE
Time to check in on the Wake Forest Cougars and the Page Pirates from WRALSportsFan.com and their main man, Nick Stevens..CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE for Dudley-Cape Fear from Joe Sirera at the News and Record, with video interview coming in from Spencer Turkin at the News and Record highlighting his conversation with Game MVP, Hendon Hooker…
CLICK HERE for Page-Wake Forest from Brandt Wilkerson-New at the News and Record and with video of the post-game press conference…
CLICK HERE for Eastern Guilford-Weddington from Marc Pruitt, with the News and Record and with video….
CLICK HERE for Ed Hardin at the News and Record on the Dudley Panthers big win in Raleigh and the Panthers bringing the title back home…
For a special added bonus, CLICK HERE for the Reidsville Rams Rolling to a State Title from Jeff Mills at the News and Record….

Finally here is what Andy was saying about the games from Saturday night and he was writing this back up at around 2am, so cut our man some slack….Just a few notes to help us all close out the season on a good note…Can’t get enough of Andy, WFMY News 2 runs him twice a day, or at least they used to and be sure to catch his Christmas Special…

Here is what Andy was saying last night/early this morning….

Very happy for Dudley and the win the Panthers nailed down tonight in Raleigh…

We jumped on board with Dudley around 8 weeks ago and rode them through the playoffs…That was quite a run/journey…In dire straights at Mocksville, down 14-0 early and fell behind 30-22 in the second half to Davie County…Dudley down at the half to Charlotte Catholic 10-7 and Dudley refused to bow out that was quite the run by the Dudley Panthers…

As is the case on many an occasion, Dudley had a tougher time with Davie County and Catholic than they did with Cape Fear…

Hendon Hooker and his Panther teammates chose a great night to step it up to center stage on the main stage in Raleigh, at Carter-Finley Stadium…

Look back at our All-Guilford County team and you will see Dudley leading the way with Hooker as Player of the Year…We had Dudley with the most players, Page was second and Eastern Guilford was third and that is pretty much how they finished up the season…

Page had a great run and this was super year for Page…You hate to end it with a loss in the Title game, but this Page team was better than last year’s team and I am here to tell you that Page could well be better next than they were this year…Just a few of those guys back for next year are Kiandre Paige, Giovondre Paige, Sincere Davis, Nick Baker and the little wide out from Aycock who was on the JV team this year…Cody or Kobe…The kid is Cody King and I just remembered him and Page will return WR’s Naseem and Asaad Alston too and I think one of the Alstons is the brother of former Pirate Remene Alston…..

Page will be strong again and we tip our cap to the great job Coach Kevin Gillespie and Coach Norman Weeks do with that Page Pirates football team…They do an outstanding job year-in, year-out….State Champs in 2011, State Finalist in 2015 and 2016, that is a strong football resume and I would much rather have that than not being in the finals hunt at all…

Page is a first-class program and they will continue to be under Coach Gillespie and Coach Weeks….

Be proud of your Page Pirates and it was a tough day with the blocked punts and the picks, but, it happens to all of us, some days you can’t get out of your own way…Coach Kevin Gillespie will go down as one of the top high school football coaches in Guilford County history and he has the record and the wins to prove it…

Again what else can you say about Coach Steven Davis and the Dudley Panthers???? I say this and I will let the players back it up, Nigel Peele and Patrick Conner are the best linebacking duo in the state of North Carolina….Awstyn Williams got red hot on D for Dudley late in the season and the DB’s got tested and they passed the test…

Myles White was let go and then reinstated when he got his act together and his house in order and boy what a difference he made in the last two games of the post-season….Quran Blount gave Dudley quality time on both the offensive and defensive lines and you could go on and on with Seagraves, Berry, and we could go on and on about the great job these Panthers did today and what they might being at the 3-AA level next year with Zariek Rush already ready to be one of the top running backs in the state for 2017…With DJ Crossen ready to lead that defense next year and Rush ready to run on Offense, Dudley will be a tough nut to crack in 2017…..

Coach Curtis McMillan is gone for Dudley and the Panthers will have to wait and see if Coach Steven Davis will weigh his options for 2017…

Dudley’s JV team was unbeaten and that will be a big part of their Varsity squad for next year…Chris Zellous, I think there is another Rush coming too and there you go, Dudley is not done yet….

I still feel like the West teams are way better down the ones down East, even though Wake Forest gave the East a nice boost today….I will still back the West and call them the best…

I did not get to follow the Eastern Guilford game today/Saturday, but our web site announcer Kris Walser told me that Weddington was coming at EG and that they laid some heavy lumber and heavy hits on the ‘Cats and the ‘Cats QB’s….EG was unreal for most of the year and those players like Bryant Barr, Zion Walker, Isaiah Finerty, James Artis and others that are on the way out, they have helped laid the groundwork for a super strong EG program in the future…

EG QB Dominique Graves returns and EG has several key players back as well and EG had an unbeaten JV team in 2016 and pretty much causes inclination that 2017 will be good too and the year after that too…Maybe Dennis Brooks is back too..

Very Happy for Dudley and their young leader Hendon Hooker on a job and a career well done and good luck on the road to Va Tech in Blacksburg, Va….

Will Jones is going to be fine and he has a very bright future on the table at Western Carolina…Things did not go well for Will on Saturday, but his best football days are ahead and the same can be said for Javon Leake, Ronald Polite, Tyler DeBerry and most all of the Pirates and remember, your best football days are ahead, but do not forget the hard work you put and turned in to make 2016 very special too…

Three Teams on the Big Stage on Championship Saturday….Guilford County needs to be proud of what all of these young men and their coaches have accomplished….

Good job, Dudley, Page and Eastern Guilford and just outside our turf, Great Job Reidsville Rams….Football City USA/NC has come home to Reidsville and the Rams are running and rolling to the Trophy Store again…Time to purchase a big trophy for the school’s trophy case and time to place an order for around 50 2-A State Championship Rings….

*****This concludes our current broadcast/information session…..*****


  • Parent said,

    Andy, please tell me EXACTLY where I can find the YES magazine. I have looked all over Greensboro and need a few copies!

  • Andy Durham said,

    Here is the on-line link and we are working to find some hard copies for you with Jeff Sykes, the editor over at YES…

    Link to site:

    http://yesweekly.com/guilford-county-football-all-stars/

  • Parent said,

    Thank you!