West staff includes Wayne Hicks of St. Stephens,
former Hibriten head coach Chuck Cannon
By CHRIS HOBBS
GREENSBORO — Three of the top players from the Greater Hickory area will finish their high school football careers in West All-Star uniforms.
West head coach Doug Robertson of Greensboro Page — whose staff includes former St. Stephens head coach Wayne Hicks and former Hibriten head coach Chuck Cannon — tabbed these stars to join them in Greensboro:
— Freedom defensive back Desmond Caldwell (6-foot, 170 pounds), who last season had 17 catches for 235 yards and three scores in six games for the Patriots. On defense, he made 26 tackles and three of those were for lost yardage.
— Alexander Central defensive lineman Blake Martin (6-4, 285). He had five solo tackles and 23 total tackles for the Cougars last season, adding six tackles for lost yardage, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt.
— St. Stephens wide receiver Zak McLauchlin (5-8, 155), who had sterling statistics for last season. In seven games, he rushed 134 times for 779 yards (111.3 yards per game) with seven rushing scores and three games with 100 or more yards rushing.
As a receiver, he made 19 catches for 352 yards and four TDs.
McLauchlin finished with 1,270 all-purpose yards and 12 scores (seven rushing, four receiving and one kickoff return).
He had four kickoff returns for 133 yards and provided nine tackles and an interception on defense.
The East-West game is scheduled July 21 at Greensboro Grimsley’s Jamieson Stadium.
Hicks recently resigned as head coach at St. Stephens, where he guided the Indians to a record of 30-56 in eight years and to the state playoffs in 2015. That season, the Indians stunned Canton Pisgah on the road in the opening round for St. Stephens’ first postseason victory since 1991.
Cannon now works at Wilkes Central and was head coach at Hibriten from 1999 through 2009, where eight of his 11 teams reached the state playoffs and three teams won a conference title and one shared a league title.
Cannon was the starting quarterback on Hibriten’s 1979 team that reached the state 3A semifinals before losing to 28-20 to South Point.
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