Talked this morning with Northern Guilford head football coach Brian Thomas and he said they saw some good things in last night’s scrimmage versus Marlboro County, South Carolina and there were also several things that they(the Nighthawks) had to work on, in practice this morning….Having to work on a few bugaboos that can slow down your preseason progress and as for practice, the Nighthawks were working from 8-10:30 this morning and their regular practice time has been 5-8pm….
Coach Thomas is from South Carolina, but he has been up here at Northern for the past several years and he has been the main orchestrator of the Northern Guilford Nighthawk defense and that defense has been known for being very quick to ball and for their ‘team tackling’ over the past three seasons, during their run to the three straight NCHSAA 3-AA football titles….
NG lost a load of players off of last year’s team, but as Coach Thomas puts it, “the cupboard is not bare”…..TJ Ruff and Chris Ripberger return to help give body and soul to the defense and on offense, quarterback Austin Coltrane will provide much-necessary senior leadership and Coach Thomas expects Coltrane to step up and take over this team and work to help them in their quest for another title….Bright spot for Coltrane was the three TD passes, in the Tuesday night scrimmage, at Northern…
Players to watch for along with the leaders we have mentioned already in Ruff, Ripberger(will lead on defense and offense and he is the type of player that will do anything you ask of him according to Coach Thomas), Coltrane, and the others to look out for include Max Klietch(OL), Robert Wilcox(LB), Cam Harris(WR/DB), Mook Reynolds(WR/DB) and sophomore RB C.J. Freeman….
Total number of players in the Nighthawks’ camp is in the low 70’s, as of today and they hope to add some more 9th graders as the school year gets going….
The first game for Northern will be on August 30 at the Page Pirates and the teams to beat this season in the Mid-State 3-A Conference will be Western Alamance, Eastern Alamance and Burlington Williams….
The Nighthawks will be in a scrimmage this Friday night at Kings Mountain and they will be going up against the Crest Chargers…..
Will hope to get video to follow….