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<ul><li><p>Wednesday, August 18, 2010</p><p>and Fall Sports Preview2010</p></li><li><p>BY CHARLIE BERGMANNSpecial to The Pilot</p><p>Pinecrest football coach Chris Metzgerrefers to the unit thatwill try to stop oppos-ing offenses this season as the no-namedefense. His offense begins the seasonwith a new quarterback in Travis Scalesand a completely new offensive line.The Patriots had 33 seniors and 15 play-</p><p>ers who earned all-conference first teamor honorable mention recognition on the2009 team that went 10-3 inMetzgers thirdyear as head coach. Count the coaches ofthe Southeastern Conference that pickedthe Patriots fifth out of six teams in arecent informal poll among those whothink repeating last years success is a tallorder.We definitely use the KISS theory </p><p>keep it simple, the coach said before arecent practice. We have great kids andthey want to be great. Ive been blessed inyears one, two and three to havegreat lead-ers. This year is no exception.Theres a tradition, a foundation, and</p><p>they want to keep it. They know aboutexpectations. They know about desire,playing with fire and having some juice inthe tank.The inexperienced Patriotswill enjoy the</p><p>support of home fans at least seven timesthis season, starting with Fridays openeragainst Enloe. If the Patriots can matchlast seasons success, they might earn acouple of additional home dates in the stateplayoffs.</p><p>Defense Features QuicknessIf last Thursdays scrimmages at</p><p>Pinecrest in the morning and atFayetteville State in the evening are anyindication, the defense will be an under-sized unit that flies to the ball and createsturnovers.Returnees include 5-foot-6, 165-pound</p><p>senior inside linebacker Adam McDuffie,who was credited with 67 total tackles lastseason. Next to him will be David Smith,who opted to gainmore playing experiencewith the jayvee team last season ratherthan playing behind the graduated TrentFredericks and McDuffie.Were not the biggest defense, but I</p><p>think overall were going to be one of thefastest out there, Smith, one of the playersMetzger calls a leader, said.Junior Julius Steele is another one of the</p><p>inside linebackers, and seniors MarinoGillis, Chris Robinson andTerryMarsh areon the outside.Seniors Dylan Gaffney and Travis</p><p>Bonner are the two incumbents from lastyears rotation of defensive linemen.Metzger plans to rotate nine players.Senior Chris Zinky has moved over fromthe offense to provide some size to the unit,which also includes seniors ChristoBounthanom, Garrett Parks, junior NickKilgore and sophomores James Harrisonand Luke Fetla.Senior safety Hunter Ocheltree (66 tack-</p><p>les) and cornerback D.J. Simpson bringexperience to the defensive backfield.Senior Dannie Monroe has adapted well tothe safety position after quarterbackingthe jayvee team last year. Senior JohnBrown has been the other starting cornerin the preseason, with Javonte Alston andsophomore Nick Lacey among those readyto contribute.What has helped us a lot is just every-</p><p>body having the mentality to get better allthe time, Ocheltree said. The unity isthere with different guys. I think well be</p><p>just as good as we were last year.</p><p>Running Game Shows PromiseOn the other side of the ball, Scales will</p><p>hopefully bring the playmaking ability heshowed on defense last year as an outsidelinebacker (61 tackles, team-high sevensacks) to the quarterback position. At 6-</p><p>feet and 200 pounds, hes a threat to runand has a strong arm.Travis has done a great job leading and</p><p>working hard,Metzger said. Hes gettingbetter every day, and thats what has tohappen.</p><p>PAGE 2 THE PILOT SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. 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MANNING IISpecial to The Pilot</p><p>The mood within the Union Pines footballcamp is one of anticipation and excitement,as the Vikings prepare to open the seasonFriday in a home game against Red Springsat WoodrowWilhoit Stadium.Coming off a 2009 campaign that saw the</p><p>Vikes fail to qualify for the postseason,Union Pines finished 4-7 overall and 1-5 inCapeFearValley 3AConference play underfirst-year coach Ryan Riggan.As Riggan readies for his second year on</p><p>the sidelines as the Vikings head coach, hedoes sowith a strong feeling about the stateof Union Pines football.I feel like this football program is going</p><p>in the right direction, he said. The presea-son has gone great with our guys maintain-ing a great collective attitude. Despite somescorching temperatures here of late, theguys have kept their spirits up and contin-ued towork hard to do the thingsweneed tobecome better prepared for the season.Union Pines had approximately 80 ath-</p><p>letes dressed out during the final week ofthe preseason, including varsity and juniorvarsity players. As of last Sunday, Riggananticipated another 10 to 15 freshmen to hitthe practice fieldwhen school began, bring-ing that total close to the 100mark.The team has set the playoffs as its pri-</p><p>mary goal, and Riggan promises UnionPines football will do all it can to make thatgoal come to life.We just have to believe in what were</p><p>doing and play together, he said. I thinkthis team is really different from last sea-sons team in terms of mindset coming in.Union Pines lost a sizable number of sen-</p><p>iors from its team last season and returnsonly six players who competed as juniorslast year. However, the Vikings do have agroup of players from last years successfulJV team that displayed strong promisethrough their season-long strides and on-field performance.Even though those guyswere playing JV</p><p>last year, they had a chance to play withsome of the best programs in the state andcompeted well with them, Riggan said.Now they are juniors, and the game isplayed at a faster, more physical level uphere.When things dont go the way they did</p><p>for them on Thursday nights, they cannot</p><p>get discouraged. Instead, they have to keepcoming to work every day, strive to alwaysimprove and continue to iron out thosesmall details thatmake a huge difference inthe big picture.The Vikes competed in two scrimmages</p><p>lastweek. Thursday,UnionPineswelcomedLee Senior to its practice field as theVikings got their first chance to hit againstan opposing team. Then on Friday night,UnionPinesplayedwhatRiggan referred toas a dress rehearsal scrimmage duringMeet the Vikings Night at Wilhoit Stadium.Senior Taylor ONeil returns for his sec-</p><p>ond year as the starting signal caller forUnion Pines, and according to Riggan, hehas had an excellent offseason.Taylor was 145 pounds at the beginning</p><p>of last season and has worked his way up toabout 170, he said. His strength gainshave been tremendous, and his armstrength has really gotten a lot better too.ONeil believes that he has gotten a good</p><p>feel for his receiving corps during presea-son, and has a firmgrasp of theUnion Pinesoffense.With the opener coming up, I feel more</p><p>confident than last year, but I still get a littlenervous before every game, said ONeil.As a unit, the offensive backfield has takentons of reps, so we have grown very com-fortable with each other and also developedsome good chemistry on and off the field.Among the group of incoming JV players,</p><p>Riggan feels Josh Huskey and A.J. Ritterhave both made huge gains in the weightroom.We really expect those two guys to be</p><p>major contributors on Fridays this fall,said Riggan.Riggan has been quite pleased with the</p><p>progress his defense has made, feeling thegroup has done a great job this summer ofgelling as a unit. With the departure of RonDelusme,TerryGittenshascomeover fromPinecrest and will be coordinating the Vikedefense this season.Coach (Terry)Gittensdoes a tremendous</p><p>job with the defense when he gets them inthe film room, said Riggan. 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Horse</p></li><li><p>BY JOHN KRAHNERT IIIStaff Writer</p><p>100 percent. 100 percent of the time.If you check out a North Moore football</p><p>practice these days, youll see that mottoemblazoned on the coaches T-shirts, andyoull hear it chanted in the huddle. Its amentality that new head coach GregSimmonswants his kids to apply not only tofootball, but to all aspects of their lives.I always tell themthat therearevery few</p><p>things in your life that you can control, hesaid, but you can always control youreffort. You can always control your enthusi-asm.Simmons is theman chargedwith turning</p><p>around the Mustangs, who are coming offback-to-back one-win seasons and have justfive victories in the past four years. Thatprocess will require a complete culturechange in the program, and Simmonsmadeit clear that he and his staff are changingeverything.If they walked with their left foot first,</p><p>Im teaching them to walk with their rightfoot first, he said.The players have taken notice.Senior Tyler Wallace is known for his</p><p>prowess on the baseball diamond but decid-ed toplay football for the first time sincehisfreshmanyear.He said theres a completelynew atmosphere a liveliness and passionthat hasnt been there in a while.Everybodys passionate about it, and</p><p>Coach is enthusiastic, and hes really want-ing to get it done, Wallace said. I want tobe a part of turning the program around,starting that off right with CoachSimmons.Junior offensive lineman and defensive</p><p>endMitchell Wright added, Its like every-body wants to be out here. Its actually feel-ing like a team this year.The players appear to be responding to</p><p>Simmons energetic coaching style.Simmons said the effort hes seen in prac-tice so far has been phenomenal and ispleased with how hard his players havebeen working. The kids are starting to seethat hard work paying off.Ive heard a lot of people say theyre a lot</p><p>more in shape than they were last year,said junior wideout and cornerback BillyPerson. Flipping tires, carrying water,pushing sleds whatever it takes to getbetter. We need to be more conditioned andplay thewhole game instead of just quittingin the third quarter, and we have to go inwith the mindset that were going to win.Two challenges that North Moore could</p><p>face this year is a lack of depth and inexpe-rience. Simmons said hes had around 40kids out at practice so far but would like toget those numbers up into the 50s. Simmonssaid he has been impressed with a group of</p><p>younger players that have been committedall summer long, but if possible, hed like togive them time to develop at the JV level, asopposed to throwing them to the wolvesright away.Were hoping thatwe can keep our fresh-</p><p>men and sophomores at a place where theycan have some success and play with eachother so when theyre juniors and seniors,theyll be used to playing with each otherand theyll be used to success, he said. Butif ournumbersdont comeup, someof theseyounger guys are going to have to step up.And I think some of them are ready for thechallenge.NorthMoore beganpracticing in full pads</p><p>last week, and Simmons said he wouldntdecide starting positions until he saw theguys hitting and could determine who arethe most aggressive players. Hes going tocount on a core group of 15 guys makingplays on both sides of the ball.Offensively, the Mustangs will run a</p><p>spread option. Simmons said hes got somegood athletes, and the coaching staff willlook for creativeways to get the ball in theirhands.Were going to be a zone read team,</p><p>Simmons said. We feel like weve got somepretty good quarterbacks and some prettygood tailbacks, some pretty decent-sizedyounger offensive linemen. Were going totry to keep things simple and give thoseguys the opportunities to make plays.One of those guys is senior Xavier</p><p>Scotton, who started at quarterback lastyear. His knack for making big playsaccounted formuchofNorthMoores offen-sive production last year. While he will con-tinue to see time under center, Simmons</p><p>said hewill move him around in the offenseandplay himas a tailback and out of the slo...</p></li></ul>