He had moved to Louisville after his dad was named head coach there
By CHRIS HOBBS
BOONE – Watauga High’s varsity football team got a big lift as practice opened this week – the return of senior running back Bryce Satterfield.
WATA 1450 AM’s Mike Kelly first reported Satterfield will play his final season with the Pioneers, living in Watauga County with his mom, Beth, so that he can be back in the Watauga lineup as a senior.
When Satterfield’s dad, Scott, left the head coaching job at Appalachian State to become head coach at Louisville, the Pioneers were not expected to have Bryce Satterfield back.
Bryce Satterfield (5-foot-11, 177 pounds) was added to the varsity football roster at Louisville (Ky.) Christian Academy but will now be with the Pioneers when they open their season on Aug. 23 at home against Asheville Roberson.
Satterfield’s return gives Watauga the second and third-best returning rushers in the Northwestern 3A-4A this coming season.
Hickory’s Cody Young is the leading returning rusher at 142.1 yards per game in eight games a year ago, with Satterfield (215-1,661 for 127.8 per game, 23 TDs in 13 games) at No. 2 among returning rushers, and the Pioneers’ Jaiden Bond (79-1,284, 91.7 per game, 14 TDs) third.
Young and Satterfield ranked 1-2 in the league in rushing yards per game last season while Bond was fourth behind Xavian King of St. Stephens (189-1,141, 114.1 per game, 13 TDs), who was a senior.
Watauga went 13-1 last season, going 7-0 in the Northwestern 3A-4A to finish a game up on Freedom, and fell to Weddington 42-14 in the third round of the state 3AA playoffs.
The Pioneers have won 56 games in head coach Ryan Habich’s six seasons in Boone.