Camp Week continues with some schools going up to 4 hours, with workouts in the weightroom for two hours and then two more hours of practice and thas is not all that uncommon…..You have the time and you can use it and if you do, just think how much more ready your team will be, when the NCHSAA state-mandated conditioning practices get going officially, on Saturday……
Now is the time to get the work in, with the first games of the season due up on Friday August 19 and when you start on July 30, that gives you 17 days to get it all in/done before the first game and that doesn’t include your scrimmages and that will take at least two or three of those 17 days….The teams that have been working hard all summer long, will definitely be in the advantage….
Predictions continue and today we will look at some of the schedules too….
Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference predicted order of finish from www.ncpreps.com:
4)High Point Central
We have talked quite a bit about NWG, Ragsdale, High Point Central and SWG already, but the team that could challenge for the conference title could well be East Forsyth…..Glenn lost top RB Josh Hawkins and the Bobcats look to be doing some major rebuilding, but as for the other team from Forsyth, East, they will be loaded, but still young at quarterback and that appears where NWG has the major edge over the rest of the conference, with senior Matt Pawlowski and his experience of being a 2-3 starter already…..
East Forsyth has one of the area’s best kickers in Chad Hollingsworth and that should be a real plus for the Eagles…..The QB battle at East will be between senior Jalen Day and junior Garrison Duncan….Top lineman include Zach Price and Nathan Fiore….Amon Giles returns as the #1 RB for East, with over 950 yards on the ground last year and Jarrod Coleman should be the team’s top tackler….One name that gets your attention from Glenn, is that of lineman Aaron Reavis(6’3/220) and you have to wonder if he is related to NWG basketball coach, Lee Reavis……
NWG reamins your favorite, with the core of Pawlowski, Baxter and Dillon and Ragsdale can make a major run, as new QB Garrison Herndon gets used to being the varsity starter and HP Central must decide who will be their starting QB, with either Justin Johnson or Woody Cornwell taking over for the now-departed Drew Adams(one of the best in Central history) and then SWG has to find way to move ahead of Glenn in those conference standings…..
We’ll look closer at the Piedmont Triad Conference schedules tomorrow….
Today a look at the Metro 4-A Schedules……
The Page Pirates:
August 19th at Davie County….Aug. 26th Northern Guilford at home…September 2nd High Point Central at home….Sept. 9 at Ragsdale…..Sept. 16 at Western Guilford….Sept. 23 Open….Sept. 30 at Grimsley….October 7 at Smith….Oct. 14 Southern Alamance at home….Oct. 21 at Dudley….Oct. 28 Southeast Guilford at home….
*****If Page stays healthy, the Pirates have a very good shot to go (10-0) in the regular season….Tough tests include road games at Ragsdale and Dudley….*****
August 19th at Southern Durham….August 26 at Ragsdale….September 2nd Northern Guilford at home….Sept. 9th Durham Hillside at home….Sept. 16th Smith at home…Sept. 23 at Southern Alamance….Sept. 30th Open…Oct. 7th Southeast Guilford at home….Oct. 14 at Western Guilford…Oct. 21 Page at home….Oct. 28 at Grimsley…..
*****Dudley might be in the (7-3) neighborhood this season with tough games with Ragsdale, Northern, Page and Smith and Dudley may have to play all of their home games on the road, if the construction on their stadium finally gets started in August……*****
Smith Golden Eagles:
August 19th Northwest Guilford at home….Aug. 26 at High Point Andrews….Sept 2nd Open….Sept. 9th Northeast Guilford…..Sept. 16 at Dudley…..Sept. 23 Southeast Guilford at home….Sept. 30th at Western Guilford….Oct. 7th Page at home…Oct. 14 at Grimsley…Oct. 21 WS Parkland at home…Oct. 28 Southern Alamance at home….
*****Smith may be looking at a (6-4) season, but a few breaks and they could go (7-3), but a few breaks in the other direction and we are talking (5-5)…..NWG, NEG, Dudley, Page very tough……*****
Western Guilford Hornets:
August 19 Northeast Guilford at home….Aug. 26 at Northwest Guilford…September 2nd Ragsdale at home…Sept. 9 at Eastern Guilford…Sept. 16 Page at home….Sept. 23 at Grimsley…Sept. 30 Smith at home….Oct. 7th at Southern Alamance…..Oct. 14 Dudley at home….Oct. 21 at Southeast Guilford….Oct. 28 Open….
*****WG was (2-9) overall last year and it will take some real work to get to (3-7) this year with NEG, NWG, Ragsdale, Page, Grimsley, Smith, Dudley all showing major resistance……*****
Southeast Guilford Falcons:
August 19th Southwest Guilford at home….Aug. 26th at Northeast Guilford….Sept. 2 Southern Guilford at home….Sept. 9 at Thomasville…Sept. 16 Grimsley at home….Sept. 23 at Smith…Sept. 30 Southern Alamance at home…Oct. 7th at Dudley….Oct. 14 Open….Oct. 21 Western Guilford at home…..Oct. 28 at Page…..
*****SEG could be looking at a (2-8) year or even at a (3-7) or maybe up to a (4-6), but when you have NEG, Thomasville, Page, Dudley, Smith, Southern Guilford and Grimsley this could be a very tough year…..All depends on the QB and RB situation for the Falcons…..*****
August 19th Ragsdale at home….Aug. Morehead at home….Sept. 2 at Northwest Guilford…..Sept. 9 at High Point Central….Sept. 16 at Southeast Guilford…..Sept. 23 Western Guilford at home…Sept. 30 Page at home….Oct. 7th East Forsyth at home…Oct. 14 Smith at home….Oct. 21 at Southern Alamance….Oct. 28 Dudley at home….
*****Grimsley is one of those rare cases of a team playing 11 games in the regular season this year, with no open dates…..The Whirlies have a shot to finish at (5-6) this season if everything falls into place for them, or they could even reach (6-5), or they could slip to (4-7) or even (3-8)….The (5-6) would be a great jump over last year’s (1-10) and the toughies will be Ragsdale, NWG, Page, East Forsyth, Smith and Dudley….*****
Southern Alamance Patriots:
August 19th Graham at home….Aug. 26 at Burlington Williams….Sept. 2 Eastern Alamance at home….Sept. 9 at Western Alamance…Sept. 16 at Eastern Randolph….Sept. 23 Dudley at home….Sept. 30 at Southeast Guilford….Oct. 7 Western Guilford at home…Oct. 14 at Page…Oct 21 Grimsley at home….Oct. 28th at Smith……
That is a whole lot for today with more due up on Wednesday……