Thursday, December 13, 2012

Still a lot of high school football left

While the high school football season in North Carolina ended Dec. 1, there's still a lot to talk about and we'll have it here over the coming days, weeks and months.

For starters, the Shrine Bowl is Saturday and Hunt High's Lewis Neal is playing, the first Warrior to be selected for that elite honor since 1999. I hope to have a story in Monday's edition of The Wilson Times on Neal's experience in the game in Spartanburg, S.C.

Monday could also be the day Neal lands on The Associated Press all-state team. The LSU commit and 3-A Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year appears to be a strong bet to be one of the four defensive line selections.

Looking ahead, The Wilson Times will unveil its 2012 all-area football team in the Christmas Day edition. We will honor the top 36 players from our eight coverage teams: Beddingfield, Fike, Hunt, Southern Nash, C.B. Aycock, Greene Central, SouthWest Edgecombe and Southern Nash. There will be 12 members each on the Offense, Defense and Ironman squads. We will also recognize the top offensive and defensive players and the Ironman of the year. So please be sure to save 50¢ for a copy if you are not a subscriber.

Looking way ahead, Feb. 6, 2013, is National Signing Day and there should be a banner crop of football and soccer players ready to ink their National Letters of Intent. We will be there and I hope to have some information on who's going where prior to the big day.

Finally, there's a lot of football head coaching vacancies around the state, including a few in our area. Namely, Greene Central has an opening, as does Northern Nash, which is out of our coverage range but in the Big East Conference. I'm told some of these openings may be filled in the near future and we will have those stories as they happen.

So stay tuned, football fans!

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