High School Football Saturday Morning Rewind and we were looking at a totally dark Dudley football stadium:”That’s the night the lights went out in Tarpley”

That might become a new hit single/song, and they could be playing it all night long…Who to sing it, maybe Vicki Lawrence or Connie Chong….

But, this is how the story goes…We were sitting there in Tarpley Stadium, at James B. Dudley High School on Friday night, and all of the sudden we were without light…We had a Lightning Delay to begin the game, and then with just around 8 minutes left in the contest, the football field stadium lights at Tarpley went dark…It was like were on board for a brand new legendary tune called, “That’s The Night The Lights Went Out In Tarpley”

It looked like we were in a ‘sea of darkness’, and the stadium took on the look of an outdoor Jimmy Buffett concert, or maybe a late 1980’s Jimmy Swaggart and Mahalia Jackson crusade…In the stands the fans held up their phones, and light of the cell phones filled the stadium….One fan told me after the game that he had never seen nothing like this before in his life, and I just reminded him that you really couldn’t see it, since the lights had gone down, and it was DARK…

I have seen this many times in basketball gyms, and what you have to do is wait for the lights to get warm again, and come back on, and that is what we did last night, and those lights eventually warmed to the occasion and theY were shining brightly, there in Tarpley Stadium….I even thought I saw the old Miami Northwestern High School quarterback Milton Jenkins, there in the crowd…

Dudley topped Page 18-7, and neither team scored in the second half…Dudley getting the job done, minus their head coach Steven Davis, missing the game due to COVID-19 protocols, and Dudley also without their starting senior quarterback, Jahmier Slade…Page got some decent drives going, but Page QB Nick Williamson is going to have to a better job of hitting his receivers when they get open out there in space…

All of the QB’s in Friday night’s game were relying on their receivers to go up and high point that ball, but they can’t always do that like Mehki Wall from Dudley is able to do….Dudley’ Domaine Vann and Savoi Edwards will be working on it, as will the Page QB Nick Williamson….Got to get it to the receivers when they are open, and you can’t always count on those wideouts to go up and make that big/spectacular play..

Quite the night over at “The Tarp”, on Friday evening….Never a bad night at “The Tarp”, and Joe Sirera, from the News and Record and HSXtra was our left-hand man….He couldn’t be our right-hand man, since he was sitting to our left there in the press box at “The Tarp”, and Joe was able to come up with some much-needed and helpful information for us, like scores, penalty yards, and total offense numbers, and we do appreciate that….Don Moore, on the technical end for us Friday night, back at the GreensboroSports.com/GreensboroSports Radio.com barn, and Don made sure all was running as smooth as possible, as we kept our one-man band playing on into the night, at “The Tarp”….

Like we talked about last night in our Friday Night Finish, it was some kind of night for the Grimsley Whirlies’ quarterback Alonza Barnett III….Seven TD passes to four different receivers, and three of the Barnett bombs went to Whirlie wideout, Tyson Resper, the brother of former Whirlie Devin Resper….No rushing TD’s for Grimsley on Friday night, as Whirlie backup QB Andrew Attmore II came in and threw a TD pass, to go along with the seven from Barnett III, to make it eight(TD passes) on the night, for the Whirlies…

Tonight at Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium, Whirlie DL Travis Shaw will make his college football announcement known to the public….6pm call for young Mr. Shaw, and you have them all…It will be either Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia, or N.C. A&T….A lot of the locals feel like he is leaning toward Clemson…

One score that came in late from last night, saw the Ragsdale Tigers top the Northeast Guilford Rams, 32-18….From what were tracking over at “The Tarp”, that game was all tied up at 12-12 at the half….

We spoke on the East Forsyth Eagles flying by the Northwest Guilford Vikings, 48-7, and we spoke about that ‘Steel Curtain’ defense from East Forsyth and their defensive coordinator Aaron Beal…Well, I’m now thinking we ought to start calling that Beal defense the, “Beal Curtain”…

The Smith Golden Eagles were shut out winners for their first-year head coach Scott Bell, and that ought to make many a Golden Eagle fan happy this morning, and I heard from former Smith Golden Eagle Glen Trent this past week, and he was challenging all of the past and current Smith Golden Eagles to get out there and support their TEAM…Northern Guilford, a big winner over Eastern Guilford, and Northern Guilford is set to come over and face Smith this upcoming Friday night….

Southwest Guilford falls to Oak Grove, and High Point Central fell at the hands of the Demons, from Winston-Salem Reynolds, and we had Western Guilford, Southeast Guilford, and Southern Guilford all inactive on Friday night due to postponements/COVID-19….

Among our games for next Friday night we have….
Grimsley at WS Reagan
Dudley at Southeast Guilford
Northern Guilford at Smith
Page at Reidsville
Northwest Guilford at North Davidson
Western Guilford at Northeast Guilford
Providence Grove at Southern Guilford
Ragsdale at Glenn
Burlington Williams at Eastern Guilford
High Point Central vs. High Point Andrews
WS Reynolds at Southwest Guilford

4 comments

  1. Northern Guilford is looking scary 35-0 at halftime there something to watch for this year

  2. I would just like to say I know Coach Wallace had nothing to do with this. It was all the Admin of NWG and the former Head Coach….. Now, To the NWG AD Thank you for letting Coach Beal get away to East Forsyth our once bitter rival whom we use to beat. Think back to 2013 they were loaded and we ran for about 500 yards on the Eagles. Now our Defense is almost laughable. Don’t give me that crap about no talent because we have D1 players on the field. To NWG the move of Beal to the Eagles is like the curse of the Bambino. Or should I say the Curse of the Bealbino! Ever since Coach Rolfes ran him out of town and hired his friend instead of IMO the best DC in the area and top 5 in the State. All he has done is help take East Forsyth to multiple Championships with dominate defense, and several more conference titles and every time the Vikings play the Eagles his Defense totally smashes us. Not only is he a good Football Coach he’s a players coach and his guys love playing for him. I hope the NWG Admin sees what a dumb move that was. But hey like the AD was quoted saying. “Winning is not important” Yes he said that. He would rather have a good History teacher than a great coach. Again, these are not shots at the current staff. I think Wallace is doing as good a job as he can do with the help he has. This is a shot at the entire process of hiring a coach that totally destroyed our program fired or ran off our best coaches then bailed. Hope you’re happy NWG Administration.

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