Central Academy's administrators are scrambling to replace their head football coach in the 11th hour. Phil Smith stepped down a couple weeks before practice started. Smith is taking the same position at Albemarle.
High school football coaches typically demand a year-round commitment from their athletes and squeeze every ounce of dedication they can out of their players. Unfortunately, the players don't always get a good return on their investment. Central Academy's football coach quit just weeks before practice after being on the job for 16 months. The players suffer when a coach abandons his position with such little time to regroup.
Austin Kendall is regarded as the best high school quarterback in the state of North Carolina by most accounts, and the Cuthbertson High rising senior has the numbers to back it up. What he wants now is a state championship for the Cavaliers. With a combination of size, speed and quickness on the perimeter, Kendall has an array of receivers at his disposal entering the 2015 season.
Marvin Ridge has a new football coach for the third year in a row, and Aubrey Carter says his team will line up with three, four and even wideouts in some situations. He has a receiver coveted by a long list of major colleges, and his left tackle also has major college offers, so Carter has talent to build around.
Three-time all-American pitcher Preston Morrison has helped TCU run up a 51-14 record this season, including a 2-1 record in the College World Series. A 2011 graduate of Cuthbertson High, Morrison shared his thoughts about his college career, being drafted by the Cubs and how he's "trying to mess with the batter a lot" when he's on the mound.
Former Sun Valley High state champion Michael Macchiavello had a 9-7 record in the 184-pound class as a sophomore at N.C. State. He has set a goal of reaching the NCAA tournament in his junior season.
MVP Max Wotell said "it feels better than I thought it would," after leading Marvin Ridge to the 3A state title. The Mavs rallied from a 2-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth in a 6-3 win over C.B. Aycock.