Coble recognizes high school football champs/Honors Northern Guilford and Page
Feb 7, 2012 -
(Washington, D.C.)----While the Super Bowl may have just been completed, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) is still thinking football as he honors two high schools in his congressional district for winning state championships. Congressman Coble inserted congratulatory statements in the Congressional Record – the official journal of House and Senate proceedings – to highlight the football titles captured by Northern Guilford and Page High Schools.
"We are always excited when young people from the 6th District accomplish great things," Rep. Coble stated. "We have a tradition in our office where we honor any high school in our district that has captured a state championship. This year, both Page and Northern Guilford were crowned as state football champs in their respective divisions. We are pleased to honor both the Nighthawks and the Pirates for bringing statewide glory to their schools."
Congressman Coble’s complete statements for both Northern Guilford and Page High Schools are listed below:
Northern Guilford Nighthawks
"Mr. Speaker, for the second consecutive year, a high school located in the Sixth District of North Carolina, has captured a Class 3-AA state championship. The Northern Guilford Nighthawks won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championship, defeating Boiling Springs Crest, 31-7, on December 3, 2011.
"Northern Guilford scored first but only had a six point lead going into the second half. Nineteen unanswered points, in the third quarter, was too substantial for Boiling Springs Crest to overcome. ‘I know I get credit,’ Northern Guilford Coach Johnny Roscoe told the (Greensboro) News & Record, ‘But it’s the assistant coaches and the players. They’re the ones who really do it, and I can’t say enough about them.’
"The Northern Guilford Nighthawks finished their season with a 14-1 record and went undefeated, 7-0, in league play. The NCHSAA offensive and defensive players of the game were Nighthawks Daniel Downing and Scooter Mooney. T.J. Logan received the game’s Most Valuable Player award with a five touchdown performance. None of these accolades would have been obtained without the hard work and determination from teammates Tre Purcell, Cameron Harris, Brett Welch, Austin Hoke, John McBeth, Ryan Dirks, Nick Jones, Austin Coltrane, Mark Mitchell, Avery Cooper, Shaquille Fields, Burney Sindab, Justin Timmons, Chris Ripberger, Malik Parker, Robert Willcox, Rory Bergen, Bernard Sindab, T.J. Ruff, Trip Dunn, Trevon Cooper, Frankie Lollis, Ryan Johnston, Trevor McKee, Austin Simmons, Max Klietsch, Tripp West, Blaine Jones, Eric Hong, Josh Steele, Kamen Smith, Chris Forlano, Trevor Beck, Rashad Martin, Sam Parker, Andrew Keen, Bryan Iddings, Taylor Rumley, Molick Scott, Josh Moore, Alex Hasler, and Carlos Williams.
"The Nighthawks could not have achieved the state championship without the leadership of Head Coach Johnny Roscoe and his outstanding staff, including J.R. Troutman, Brian Thomas, Lee Meekins, Ben Hepler, Justin Davis, Todd Sharp, Tim Bagamary, Richard Burton, and Chris Shaffer. In addition, those aiding the title hunt were Stacy Corne (Cheerleading), Ed Kimbrough (Band Director), Ashlyn Thomas and Jenna Livingston (Video), Britt Thomas (ball boy), Kirstin Shepperson (Team Physician), Justin Ollis (Trainer), Kalyn Wadsworth and K.T. Song (UNCG Athletic Training Interns), Mercedes Wiglesworth, Sydney Monroe and Taylor Phillips (Student Trainers), Perry Johnson (Manager) and a special thanks to Mrs. Jane Roscoe.
"Congratulations are also deserved for those who supported the football program at Northern Guilford throughout its successful season, including Principal Will Laine, Assistant Principals Doug Foutty, Kris Vecchione, and Travis Ward, as well as Athletic Director Brian Thomas.
"Once more, on behalf of the citizens of the Sixth District of North Carolina, we congratulate the Northern Guilford High School football team, along with the faculty, staff and students for their championship season. While everyone remembers the first time they achieved a major accomplishment, the Nighthawks proved that the second time is as sweet as the first."
"Mr. Speaker, the saying that good things come to those who wait can be applied to the fans of the Walter H. Page High School football team. Page fans have been waiting since 1985 for their football team to capture a state championship. The Pirates completed a 15-0 perfect season with the title win, on December 3, 2011. I would like to take this time to recognize Page High School’s football team, located in the Sixth District of North Carolina, for winning the Class 4-AA state championship. The Page Pirates defeated Garner High, 35-21, in front of more than 10,000 fans at BB&T Field in Winston Salem.
"The Pirates took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back. ‘Our kids believed they were supposed to be here, and I believe they not only deserve to be here, but to win it, and we did,’ Page Coach Kevin Gillespie told the (Greensboro) News & Record. The program’s undefeated 15-0 record solidifies both his and the players’ beliefs.
"Garner High began to gain momentum and cut the lead to seven points in the third quarter, but Pirates quarterback James Summers, answered with a 54-yard touchdown on the very next play. This display of athleticism and determination earned him the game’s Most Valuable Player award. All members of the Page football team contributed to the perfect season, including Jalen Gavin, Carter Stanley, Jonathan Lynch, Kysung Young, Brian Spain, Jarvis Small, Orlando Hatfield, Blake Hickman, Carter Greene, Jordan Putnam, Thomas Little, Christian Cranford, Marcus Demery, Ed Britt, Ryan Jackson, William Henry, Savon Wall, Shedrick Pate, Drew Rogers, Devonta Hooker, Kahlil Wilson, Evan Roer, A.J. Capel, Shaun Workinger, Grant Brewer, Eric Kelly, Justin Smith, Tim Wharton, Lorenzo Featherston, DeAnthony Brooks, Chance Maness, Ventura Anthony, Jacob Green, Anthony Hope, Chris Hamrick, Arrius
McCain, David Jennings, Jaxon Cummings, Jonathan Smith, Kemp Young, Andrew Lamore, Dishon Stewart, Isaiah Towns, Rasheen Wall, Lewis Jones, Alex Alverez, Matt Mayfield, Tevin Morrison, Chris Mosley, and Tommy Laughon.
"Credit must be given to Head Coach Kevin Gillespie and his staff, including Norman Weeks, Gordon Hagen, Todd Halkyer, Cody Page, Wilson Helms, Chris Ferguson, Kevin Harris, Earl Sams, Jesse Britt, Malcolm Parker, Mark Raynor and Russell Mills, for the success and growth these young men accomplished this season.
"Additionally deserving credit are Principal Marilyn Foley, Athletic Director Rusty Lee, Nikki Kennedy (Trainer), and Jeremy Godwin (Statistician).
"They may have waited 27 years, but winning with a perfect record was worth the wait. Again, on behalf of the Sixth District on North Carolina, we congratulate the Page High School football program, along with the faculty, staff, students and supportive community for their championship season."
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