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Category: North Carolina Football

  • Welcome to 2014, where high school football teams apparently now use aerial drones to live-stream their games on the internet.

    That was the case on Friday at Green Hope (Cary, N.C.), when the school's Twitter account announced the school would be offering a live aerial stream of the team's game against Middle Creek.

    The game is of huge importance, as Green Hope enters the game with a 5-1 record while Middle Creek is unbeaten.

    Though internet live streams of high school football games are somewhat common now, Green Hope's use of a drone to provide an "All-22" broadcast of its game appears to be a first.

    Check out the stream here.
  • Wake County Public Schools confirmed the death of Rolesville (N.C.) junior football player Isaiah Langston on its Twitter account a short time ago.

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    Isaiah Langston, Rolesville

    Langston collapsed during pregame warm-ups before Rolesville's game at Southeast Raleigh. After the game, players, fans and coaches from both schools joined hand-in-hand around the field and said a prayer for Langston.

    "The loss of one of our students affects all of us," the school district posted on Twitter. "Our thoughts are with Isaiah's family as we extend our deepest sympathy to them."

    The cause of his death has not yet been determined. He was 16.

    He is at least the fifth football player nationally to die this season after collapsing on a football field.

    Douglas County (Douglasville, Ga.) senior lineman Zyrees Oliver died Aug. 11 after being removed from a ventilator. He reportedly suffered from over-hydration after drinking two gallons of water and two gallons of Gatorade after practice.

    A week earlier, Noah Cornuet, a 16-year-old sophomore from Burrell (Lower Burrell, Pa.) collapsed on the first day of practice following a round of wind sprints. Several reports indicated Cornuet died of atrial myxoma, a rare heart tumor.

    On Aug. 22, Walker Wilbanks, a junior three-sport standout at Jackson Prep (Miss.), felt ill during a game with Oxford and was rushed to the emergency room, where he apparently had a seizure. He died three days later. An autopsy doctor said Wilbanks died from a severe loss of sodium that caused water to build up in the brain. He called it a "freak" occurrence that could not have been prevented.

    On Sept. 1, Curtis (Staten Island, N.Y.) junior lineman Miles Kirkland-Thomas collapsed during practice and later died at Richmond University Medical Center. The cause of death of the 6-2, 295-pound 16-year-old has yet to be reported.
  • Photo by Troy Cherry

    NFL quarterback Josh McCown was on the field at a high school football game on Friday.

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be playing in Pittsburgh on Sunday, but injured quarterback Josh McCown was in North Carolina on Friday night.

    The reason? He attended his daughter's high school homecoming festivities.

    Bridget McCown is a sophomore at Marvin Ridge (Waxhaw, N.C.) high school, and she took home sophomore queen honors.

    Her dad, who injured his thumb in a loss to the Falcons last Thursday, wore a hand brace as he posed for pictures with Bridget.

    The elder McCown was not a good luck charm for Marvin Ridge, which lost 20-17 to Davidson Day.

  • If you find yourself in North Carolina this fall, do yourself a favor and get to a West Iredell (Statesville) football game.

    The Warriors produced a number of eye-popping plays in Friday night's 35-23 win over Elkin, none more spectacular than Darius Hudson's 11-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Montana David late in the first quarter.

    See the MaxPreps Top 10 Plays of the Week

    On a fade route, Hudson leaped up and over his defender, laying out to make an improbable fingertip grab.

    The rest of the fireworks were provided by do-everything back Preston Harrison, who put on a show of his own. See the highlights below.

  • If you're trying to bring down Montavis Rogers, you have to do more than just get in his way.

    The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Forestview (Gastonia, N.C.) senior proved that on Friday, when he punished several would-be tacklers during a remarkable 46-yard touchdown run in a 48-28 road win over Nation Ford (Fort Mill, S.C.).

    Rogers finished with 62 yards, including two touchdowns, on just six carries. He also picked up six tackles on the defensive side.

    Forestview and its bruising running back will take their 1-0 record into Friday's game against another South Carolina opponent, Clover.
  • Nobody in North Carolina High School Athletic Association history has scored more points in a football game than Princeton (N.C.) junior Johnny Frasier.

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    According to the News Observer, Frasier scored 50 points on Friday, Oct. 25, in a 62-6 win over North Duplin to set the record.

    Stats reported to MaxPreps state that he carried the ball 20 times for 410 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught one pass for a 76-yard touchdown, and also punched in a 2-point conversion. The newspaper reported he did all that in three quarters of play, and that the previous owner of the record was Donnie Davis of Hope Mills, who scored 49 points in 1960.

    "We had no idea he'd scored that many," Princeton coach Derrick Minor told the newspaper. "You get in the heat of the game and you know he's scoring a lot but there's part of me that's still thinking like I did last year where we'd get up 21, 28 points and then have to hang on for dear life because a lot of teams came back on us."

    The story also reports that the junior is receiving recruiting interest from North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke, among others.
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    DeAngelo Williams had his jersey retired at Wynne High School on Friday night.

    Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams has produced quite an impressive football career, and Friday he was honored by the place where it all started.

    Williams was in attendance for his jersey retirement ceremony at Friday's home game between his alma mater Wynne (Ark.) and visiting Blytheville (Ark.).

    Williams rushed for 2,204 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior at Wynne while leading the Yellowjackets to a state title. He went on to the University of Memphis, which retired Williams' No. 20 in 2006.

    The Yellowjackets presented Williams with a framed No. 34 jersey as spectators watched. Some lucky fans were even fortunate enough to snap a photo with this season's third-leading NFL rusher.
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    Will Grier...or Captain America?

    When Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) took the field against Providence Day on Saturday, it debuted perhaps the most the patriotic high school football uniforms ever.

    Head coach Chad Grier's squad donned white uniforms with stars on the right shoulder pad and red and white stripes on the left shoulder pad.

    According to Grier, the team originally planned to introduce the uniforms as a late-season surprise, but weather conditions dictated an early launch.

    "Playing on turf at 4 p.m. this time of year we knew would be hot and the uniforms are very lightweight," Grier told MaxPreps. "Plus we thought they looked awesome and it was going to be hard to leave them in the box until October."

    The uniforms proved to be perhaps a good luck charm. Davidson Day rolled to its third-straight win behind six touchdowns from Will Grier, the coach's son, a Florida commit.

    Check out the full photo gallery of the game here.
  • The community of Fayetteville (N.C.) and Seventy-First High School is still mourning the death of junior Evan Raines, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior defensive end who died Saturday after football practice.


    Evan Raines

    The cause of death has not yet been released other than cardiac arrest, but as is the case in many preseason football fatalities, heat stroke is suspected even though temperatures were in the 80s, relatively cool for summertime in the region.

    Rather than figure out why or how he died, all around the campus and region were simply shocked and saddened, according to reports in the Fayetteville Observer and WNCT television.

    The 16-year-old Raines had dreams of playing college and professional football and off the field was heavily involved with church. He played drums and taught Bible lessons, according to his father Rodney Raines.

    "Evan Raines was a jewel to me," his father said. "I will forever miss him. I will hold on to his memory till the day that I leave this earth."

    According to reports, Evan passed all physical exams in order to play but complained of chest pains and shortness of breath at practice.

    "Make sure your child receives a thorough examination — thorough, thorough examination," Rodney Raines said. "We did the well check and had no reason to think there was any problem because he was to me the picture of healthy."

    The players from the Seventy-First team decided to practice Monday as a way to honor their fallen friend. The school year hasn't started but grief counselors were on campus.

    "They're still really heavy-hearted, but their idea today was to still come out and memorialize him with a game that he loved and enjoyed," Seventy-First athletic director Lee Williams said.

    Funeral services for Evan will take place Friday.

    Since 2006, more than 20 high school football players have died from exertional heat stroke, according to the University of North Carolina's National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research.

    The NFL and USA Football have unveiled a Heads Up program that covers every facet of safety in the game, including heat issues.

    Gatorade's Beat the Heat program, endorsed by the NFL and MLS, has flourished over the last nine years and has raised awareness about proper hydration. Research conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) revealed that as many as 70 percent of high school football players showed up for practice inadequately hydrated.

    Despite all that, and acclimatization guidelines adopted by state associations and promoted by the Korey Stringer Institute, fatalities on the gridiron appear imminent, especially this time of year.

    The Georgia High School Association has been the national leader in strict changes, beginning last summer with regulations on practice time in pads and general acclimatization. A three-year study commissioned by the GHSA found that heat-related deaths among football players tripled nationwide from 1994 to 2009.

  • Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.) junior quarterback Caleb Henderson made an unexpected college commitment this week, according to the Washington Post.

    After visiting the University of North Carolina, he chose the Tar Heels and cancelled weekend visits to Virginia Tech and Tennessee. He also had offers from Maryland, Virginia, Miami, Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois, Boston College and Marshall.

    Henderson told the Post, "It pretty much just turned out to be the place. I felt really comfortable with the coaches, really comfortable with the staff and I could picture myself there."

    The 6-foot-4, 226-pound standout is coming off a great junior year during which he completed 210 of 327 passes for 2,423 yards and 19 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions. In addition he ran 103 times for 453 yards and nine touchdowns while pacing the Bruins to an 8-3 record.

    Henderson is the No. 97 junior in the country according to 247Sports.

    He plans to major in sociology and political science with an eye on a career in the FBI or CIA.