The Page Pirates are the team to beat right now and that Page-Ragsdale game in just two weeks, in Jamestown looms large….It is going to be another big one, so keep those chin straps fastened…..
Page has that three-pronged offense with James Summers, Drew Rogers and Orlando Hatfield and that is going to be tough to stop, but Ragsdale has stopped it for the past two years…..Good to see Carter Stanley on the front of the paper with his pick last night and he has always been a very aggressive player in football, basketball and baseball…..TJ Logan going down and out, with the cramps, really killed Northern Guilford last night and he does appear to be the key to the Nighthawks offensive attack this season, with his running skills from the backfield and on his returns, plus he is playing defense too…..Daniel Downing now has no one to get the ball to him, since he has to get the ball to everyone else, as the full-time quarterback…….
Ragsdale was again very impressive versus Dudley and early on, the Dudley defense seems to be down a notch or two and that is to take nothing away from Ragsdale, the Tigers are very tough and they really have not slowed down at all with the change at QB, with Garrison Herndon taking over for Luke Heavner and congratulations to Luke, for making the team/squad at North Carolina and he may see playing time, although he won’t be at quarterback from what we hear, but he will surely erase all UNC fans fears that academics are falling, Heavner will bring that Tar Heel GPA way up….
For Ragsdale on the field, Herndon continues to impress and the kid catching my eye from what I have been reading is the track star, now turned football player, Xavier Jones….He seems to be using his speed and has found a way to incorporate the speed into a huge Tiger advantage, on offense….The kid can fly and from we have been reading, so can Anthony Stewart….Ragsdale has some real offensive weapons when you throw in Marquez Eleazor and I want to see how they are lining up Eleazor and Jones in the backfield….
Talking in terms of speed, Reid as in “Speed” Baxter is racking up the TD’s early in the 2011 campaign….On the scoreboard with 8 touchdowns already early in this season and he, along with Matt Pawlowski and Dalton Dillon on offense, can take the Vikings a long way this year……Ragsdale looms as the BIG game for NWG too down the road and the Vikings have a date in a couple of weeks with Northern Guilford, that will prove to be very BIG as well, and the Vikings will have to go to Northern and NWG is still smarting from a late loss to NG last season, at home….NWG is doing one thing that I think will really help them, as they get further down the road and deeper into their schedule….They have been able to grab a sizeable lead on their opponents and then they have been getting reserves into the games and have been able to let the backups get quality playing time, against the other team’s first unit…..This will develop depth for Northwest that will prove to be very valuable, as the days move on toward key conference matchups….Having reserves that have been tested makes your entire team battled tested, as you go into the bigger battles, that determine who will win the Conference Wars….
More impressions from last night show us Northeast Guilford can take a hit and make you pay after they adjust…..Down 15-0 early, to a Southeast Guilford team that is playing much better than many expected, NEG ran off 50 points and ended up leaving SEG way behind, in the end….The heart and soul of the NEG team is Jacob McCann and he is the man this year, for the Northeast Guilford Ram football team….Stop McCann and you have done something…Three more scores for McCann last night…..
In the win by Eastern Guilford, 21-20, over Southwest, it was good to see Tyler Hunt connect on all three of his PAT kicks, as that eneded up being the difference in the game….We have heard that numerous SWG Cowboys got ejected and that is not a good thing, since they will have to miss upcoming games as a result of the ejections…..Freshman Jarius Morehead caught a TD pass from last year’s Wildcat JV QB Heath Justice and Hayden Holleman also tossed a touchdown, with his going to Quan Moss…..Ray Bridges with 2 TD’s for SWG and Larry Edwards one….Two failed PAT’s cost the Cowboys and again, Hunt was three-for-three…..
Heard that DJ Reader had a big/nice game for Grimsley and the Whirlies found the ground to their liking, in the win over Morehead, but Jake Simpson will have to become involved for the Whirlies with his passing touch, if the Whirlies want to touch down with a road win at NWG next Friday….Tough task ahead and not much time to celebrate, as Grimsley gets ready to go to NWG….Very good to see both the Whirlie Varsity and JV’s win games in the same week, for the fist time in four years, as Coach Coiro was telling the N&R last night….Good sign of solid overall growth in the program…..
Juat based on the first two weeks of the seson, High Point Andrews looks to be much better team than local fans dreamed of, when the season was getting started….HPA has got under way at (2-0) and more than that, the two wins have been very sturdy wins at that….Week one, 27-20 over High Point Central and then last night the Red Raiders tripped up Smith, 33-6….Smith was the talk of the town and the county last year, with the Golden Eagles (10-0) start, but this year it looks to be a case early on, that the honeymoon is over for Ben L. Smith and for the young men on Holden Road, turn around time can not come soon enough….Smith needs some notes to build upon in the positive department, on this day…..
High Point Central is riding their quarterback Justin Johnson and the foot of their kicker/punter Will Johnson, as the Bison still seek to find their real identity….Will they be a running team or a passing team and after their first two games with the (1-1) record, it appears that they are passing the tests with a running game behind JJ and Zerrick Baker….Woody Cornwell could prove to be a very important part of the puzzle as a passer, if the Bison will be patient and let Woody settle in as their appointed gunslinger and make Justin more of their man on the move, as he runs the offense and runs the ball, maybe even with some Wildcat, or from the RB spot…..Only time will tell, but not much time to prepare or react, as the Bison get ready to face the Page Pirates next Friday, at Marion Kirby Stadium……