Looking for Preseason Top High School Football Players in Guilford County:”The Darby” is set to begin, and who is out in front, as we head for the far turn(August 19)???

The first games of the new 2022 high school football season are just six days away now, and it got me to thinking, who should we rank at the top of the heap, going into the new campaign???

We have posted our Top Five Guilford County Teams with Dudley, Grimsley, Northern Guilford, Page, and Northwest Guilford holding down those top spots….We have been talking about the top players we expect to see on the high school football fields, in Guilford County, in 2022….

Now for the Preseason Top Picks, you know the top two players, going into the new season…

This is like the Guilford County Derby….But, I have always called ‘The Derby’, “The Darby”…In reality, it is like a horse race…You begin at the starting line, and you head on toward “The Finish”…

When “The Darby” is over and done with, who knows who will rise to the top, but going into the football season, and lining them all up at ‘The Starting Line”, I will take R.J. Baker, from Dudley High School, and Braxton Veiga, from Eastern Guilford High School, as the Top Two Players on the way in…

R.J. Baker on Offense, and Braxton Veiga on Defense…That is how I would call it…Lots of talk on defense for Logan Wright from Dudley, and for Jamaal Jarrett, from Grimsley HS, but for me, I will stick with Veiga for now(Wright and Jarrett, surely no slouches)…Baker on offense does not have many close players in there behind him, he sort of stands alone, as the Big Cheese….Lots of QB’s in the neighborhood on offense with Jack Mercer, Tanner Ballou and a few others coming to mind, but you have to look at Baker, a true touchdown-maker, and know he is a keeper/taker…

Those are are the two names we are putting out there as our Guilford County Connections, from GreensboroSports.com…R.J. Baker from Dudley High School, and Braxton Veiga, from Eastern Guilford High School…A special teams salute, and as our top kicker going into the 2022 season, we stick with a kid we have been tooting the horn about for a few years now, and that would be Aidan Bonde, from Southeast Guilford High School…..

When look at these players, and again we approach it like a true race, a real competition, to see who is the best, and we don’t study the so-called fastest ones ever on human foot, like Carl Lewis, Renaldo Nehemiah, Emon Coughlin, Dave Wottle, Jim Ryan, Lasse Viren, Alberta Salazar, or Frank Shorter…We go back and look at the film from 1973, and we go from foot, to hoof….

Yes, to find the best, you have to go back to 1973, and study the best-of-all-time, Secretariat…Who is out in front early is important, but who is there at the finish, will be your taker….Going out there for a mile and a-half, then hitting those last five furlongs…It was, and still is Secretariat…A horse??? Yes, and the film don’t lie…This again is my take for, “The Best There Was, The Best There Is, and The Best There Ever Will Be”…..

Secretariat even kicks Bret “The Hitman” Hart to the curb…Here is the backstory on Secretariat:
Secretariat (March 30, 1970 – October 4, 1989), also known as Big Red, was a champion American thoroughbred racehorse who is the ninth winner of the American Triple Crown, setting and still holding the fastest time record in all three races. He is regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all time. He became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and his record-breaking victory in the Belmont Stakes, which he won by 31 lengths, is widely regarded as one of the greatest races in history. During his racing career, he won five Eclipse Awards, including Horse of the Year honors at ages two and three. He was nominated to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1974. In the List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century, Secretariat is second only to Man o’ War…
(I will still always take Secretariat, again the film don’t lie…I suggest everyone watch that film, from those races in 1973.)

So we are taking Secretariat, and grouping from Guilford County, R.J. Baker(Athlete/RB) and Braxton Veiga(LB) right in there in the Winner’s Circle, beside Secretariat….

We are GreensboroSports.com, “The Guilford County Sports Connection”, and going with R.J. Baker, from Dudley High School, and Braxton Veiga, from Eastern Guilford HS, as our 2022 High School Football Preseason Players of the Year…Baker, just an unreal overall ATHLETE, and Veiga, a defensive player who has only one gear, and that is DRIVE….