While they mourn, the administrators at Piedmont High have been scrambling to give the players a sense of continuity after head football coach Ron Massey was found unresponsive in his car in the parking lot of Planet Fitness in Monroe Saturday afternoon. Assistant Jamie Belk, described as Massey's "right hand man," has been promoted to interim head coach. The Panthers' home game against Anson has been moved to next Monday.
The death of Piedmont High football coach Ron Massey has stunned the Unionville community. Massey was found unresponsive in his car at Planet Fitness in Monroe at 1:03 p.m. on Saturday. "He was in good shape, too young," said former Piedmont player Ethan Pierson of the 56-year-old Massey.
Ron Massey was vibrant and engaged while coaching his Piedmont High football team in Friday night's home game against Sun Valley, but roughly 13 hours later he died unexpectedly.
Weddington led just 6-0 at halftime but scored 29 unanswered points in the third quarter of a 42-13 win over Anson. Here other scores from other games involving Union County in Week 8:
Monroe 16, CATA 10
Cuthbertson 19, Marvin Ridge 13
Sun Valley 74, Piedmont 58
Porter Ridge 29, Garinger 2
Parkwood 35, West Stanly 14
Union Academy 24, North Moore 21
Mount Pleasant 39, Forest Hills 15
Cuthbertson coach David Johnson expected a close game against winless Marvin Ridge and he got it.
Sun Valley senior tailback Albert Funderburke set the Union County single game rushing record with 456 yards on 20 carries in his team's 74-58 shootout victory at Piedmont on Friday. Funderburke was in the emergency room on Thursday morning for what turned out to be dehydration, and after receiving intravenous fluids, had the best night of his life. Read more inside.