Wakefield at Leesville Road, Sanderson at Millbrook, Jordan at Southern Durham lead area showdowns
Northside Christian Academy defensive end Sylvester Crawford, who committed to N.C. State this week, doesn’t immediately stand out as a freakishly talented athlete.
But according to Northside Christian coach Brentson Buckner, college coaches were excited when they turned on the film and saw what he could do on the field.
“You see him do things that a lot of high school football players can’t do as far as technique,” Buckner said.
The number of football-related deaths and catastrophic injuries are significantly up this year, according to the National Federation of State High School Association.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association will not be able to help with the expenses incurred by the family of Winston-Salem Reynolds football player Matt Gfeller when he was killed during a game in August.
Charlie Adams, the executive director of the NCHSAA, said last week that the NCHSAA had learned the family was not offered the opportunity in the preseason to purchase a policy that covers up to $25,000 in expenses. The policy is supposed to be offered to the families of NCHSAA athletes.
The association has no financial obiligation to the family, but Adams and the association tried to arrange for coverage through its insurance carrier.
The association was notified, however, that the insurer will not provide any funds.
There have been three high school football related deaths in North Carolina this year.
All high school athletes are required to purchase a catastrophic insurance policy that has a $10,000 death benefit.
A quick look at Friday's key area football games
Coaches and stat people can now use the N&O system directly
Rhodes' decision was a family affair
Drew Pasteur has developed a computer program to analyze North Carolina high school football teams. His Fantastic Fifty is a ranking of all North Carolina football teams regardless of classification.
Pasteur also is now doing a ranking of the top 15 team from area conferences.
Broughton, Chapel Hill and Green Hope go Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in 4-A boys cross country poll. East Chapel Hill girls are No. 1 in 4-A and Gibbons girls are tops in 2-A. Durham Academy is No. 1 in 1-A/2-A/3-A and Independents boys poll.
When the Chapel Hill Tigers face off tonight against their archrival East Chapel Hill Wildcats, the two teams agree that they're really fighting for the same cause. The two teams are dedicating the game to the fight against breast cancer, with October being Cancer Awareness Month. Both teams will be wearing pink headbands and wrist bands; the field hockey game balls will be pink, and proceeds for concessions will be dedicated to the Susan Komen Foundation.
Game time is 6 p.m. Oct. 1 for the varsity game. The JVs will follow at 7:30 p.m.