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Tim Stevens, J. Mike Blake, Clay Best, Aaron Moody, and Elliott Warnock follow all the news for high school athletes from Wake, Orange, Durham, Chatham and Johnston Counties. 

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Wake Forest-Rolesville is the team to beat

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Wake Forest-Rolesville, which finished 12-1 in 2007, is the area football team to beat this year.

Coach Earl Smith returns nine starters on offense and six on defense.

 Among the outstanding veterans are offensive tackle Taylor Hansen, a 6-foot-t-4, 300-pounder who can bench press 370 pounds, and quarterback Tim Hartman (6-0, 175), who runs a 4.6 40 and is excellent in directing the Cougar attack.

Other  players to keep an eye on are defensive ends Keaton Epps (6-4, 230) and Jacob Kahut (6-5, 220), wide receiver Torrey White (5-8, 145), runner Brexton Young (5-10, 180), cornerback Logan Welsh (5-9, 160) and back Trea Jones (5-11, 187). 

Wake Forest  has a big non-conference game on Sept. 5 at Southern Durham, which is the Piedmont Athletic 4-A favorite and a club that could be playing for a state championship in December.

The Cougars' Cap 7 appears to be loaded. Millbrook, which reached the state quarterfinals, returns to bulk of its offense and Leesville Road has veterans from a club that played in the state 4-AA semifinals. 

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About the blogger

Tim has covered high school sports for more than 40 years. He is the only active newspaper reporter in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He was the co-author of the original NCHSAA record book. When he not writing about boys and girls, he often is at church or in a theater. Email Tim.