Smith, Dudley, Northeast Guilford and High Point Andrews, all in 7 on 7 action over at High Point Andrews(last week) and we are hearing that Smith looked real good and they held their own with High Point Andrews….Andrews has a lot of skill position kids coming back, including their top QB and several of his favorite receivers, who are all very good skill position players….Smith was looking and playing big and the Golden Eagles seem to be adjusting well to the new offensive system/scheme that is being instituted/installed by new head coach and offensive guru Antonio Kirkpatrick….Smith has a big new QB, kind of in a similar mold to Jeff Sims from a few years back and similar so far, at least in size….Gonna take a lot to get going with what Sims was doing, back when he was hooking up with Eric Ebron, Elijah Jordan, Quinton Able, Demetrius Boswell and others…..But Coach Kirkpatrick has his Smith guys headed in the right direction, at least in the 7 on 7 offensive workouts….
Andrews will be for real and they should be a Top Five Favorite to win the State 2-A Title and if their RB Marquell Cartwright stays healthy, he has a chance to win All-State honors….Makes a lot people say that he reminds them of a young Franco Harris when he runs, but we have to remember, this is just the high school level of play, that we are talking about…
Dudley right now is in the mode of trying to find out who the QB will be??? They are looking in a lot of directions and they will have something concrete mapped out soon…You need a passing man for these 7 on 7 drills and that’s the type of man that Dudley would like to have for the long haul…..They have him on board now, but they just have to decide who is going to step up and step out and be that Panther leader that they need….Dudley vs. Northeast Guilford with the edge going to Dudley in the 7 on 7…..Dudley and Smith did not go head-to-head over here in High Point….NEG is looking young according to our scouts and they are a bit small within their preseason lineup and they will have to get bigger and stronger as the August due-dates get closer for the regular season….NEG always has real fast athletes, but they will need a certain physical presence to be able to go into the Mid-State 3-A warfare, coming up in September and October……
Again, Smith a sure surprise last week, Andrews holding steady, Dudley getting ready for when they start running the ball too and NEG on the watch for big kids up front to go with their smaller and faster 7 on 7 featured athletes….
Dudley non-conference schedule for this season with Northern Durham, WS Carver, Ragsdale, Person County and maybe one more that I am missing on the slate….
Page travels to Charlotte to face the Matthews Butler Bulldogs in the 3rd of their season and they are trying to get this game moved into Memorial Stadium, down in Charlotte, to handle what is expected to be a capacity crowd for this big matchup….Butler, with Riley Ferguson now graduated and having moved on to the SEC, at Tennessee……
On our coaching front, Neil Mitchell is another name that might move into the coaching search plans over on Westover Terrace….
We have probably gone over our limit for info on the day and considering since all of this info is coming at you at no charge, we better let off of the gas pedal, take a break and then go find another category to dig into….
Thanks to the Panther Man/Fan for his input on this post….He is on the ball early and taking it to the house, here in the preseason…….
*****We are still watching for the 7 on 7’s to be continued at Elon University, either tomorrow(Monday), or on Tuesday…..We are watching/looking…..*****