HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Spartans’ Kirkpatrick already has retirement plans

Published Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Spending time with mom and dad, playing golf and grilling out top list   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HUDSON — Marc Kirkpatrick hopes he’ll handle the decision he made last Thursday — to no longer be South Caldwell High’s head football coach  — very well when the next season rolls around. “I guess I’ll play golf and try to get …

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Friday’s third round scores, state title game pairings

Published Saturday, May 1st, 2021

HobbsDailyReport.com STATEWIDE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS (Results from first three rounds, state championship pairings) STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (Games at UNC and N.C. State) 1A (Saturday at N.C. State, noon)  No. 5 Northside-Pinetown (8-2) vs. No. 4 Murphy (9-1) 1AA (Saturday at UNC, noon) No. 1 Tarboro (8-0) vs. No. 2 E. Surry (9-1) 2A (Friday at UNC, 5 p.m.)  No. 1 …

BREAKING NEWS: Hickory head football coach Stone resigns (updated)

Published Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

He guided Red Tornadoes to 15 wins in four seasons, has 277 victories in 40-year career   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com HICKORY – Russell Stone will not return for a fifth season as head football coach at Hickory High. Stone’s Red Tornadoes team went 0-7 in a COVID-shortened spring season, bringing his record at HHS to 15-27. The coaching change …

ALL-NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A: Indians’ McLauchlin named top player, Spartans’ Kirkpatrick earns Coach of the Year

Published Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Cougars’ Craig shares Player of Year with South Caldwell’s Raynor   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com Four seniors and a junior led voting for the top awards in Northwestern 3A-4A football for spring varsity football. Conference head coaches voted for: — Zak McLauchlin, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound senior running back for St. Stephens who led the league is rushing, as Offensive Player …

ALL-SOUTH FORK 2A FOOTBALL: Rebels’ QB, head coach win awards

Published Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

N-C’s Shade named tops on offense, East Lincoln’s Cutter leads defensive picks   By CHRIS HOBBS HobbsDailyReport.com West Lincoln High has earned two of the South Fork 2A’s top awards in football. In voting by conference head coaches, Mason Huitt of the Rebels was named Specialist of the Year and his head coach, Darren Ponder, was voted the top coach. …