Coble honors Northern Guilford football
Dec 19, 2012 -
(Washington, DC)---Amidst talk of fiscal cliffs and raising taxes, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) took time away from House proceedings to honor a high school football team in his district that just won its third straight state championship. On Wednesday, Congressman Coble entered a congratulatory statement in the Congressional Record to mark Northern Guilford High School’s third consecutive state football title.
“We discuss so many items on Capitol Hill that are negative,” Rep. Coble noted, “so it is always nice to talk about positive accomplishments. Nothing is more positive than discussing how successful the Nighthawks have been during the past three seasons. I wanted all of my colleagues to know about the tremendous accomplishments of the Northern Guilford football team.”
The complete statement entered into the Congressional Record, the daily official journal of House and Senate proceedings is below:
Mr. Speaker, There is an old saying that goes, the “third time is a charm.” In the case of the football team at Northern Guilford High School, the new expression should be, the “third time is perfection.” That is because this football team, located in the Sixth District of North Carolina, just won its third straight state high school football championship. This time, however, the title capped a perfect 15-0 season.
On December 1, 2012, the Nighthawks of Northern Guilford High School defeated Charlotte Catholic 64-26 to capture its third consecutive NCHSAA Class 3-AA championship. Senior T.J. Logan led the way by rushing for an unbelievable 510 yards and scoring eight touchdowns. This was the third straight title for longtime Head Coach Johnny Roscoe. In 2010, Northern Guilford went 14-2 to win the first championship. In 2011, the Nighthawks completed a 14-1 season to secure its second straight title. This year, no one stopped the Nighthawks on the way to a 15-0 season that culminated in their third crown in three years.
What is left for Northern Guilford to accomplish following this three-year run? I’m sure Coach Roscoe, always the perfectionist, could point to many areas for improvement during the season and the title contest. But it is hard to argue against perfection. I think Ed Hardin, the outstanding sports columnist for the (Greensboro) News & Record stated it best: “We might never see anything like this again in these parts,” Hardin wrote, “and in the coming years we’ll look back and debate about this team. Was it the best we ever saw? Was the remarkably talented (T.J.) Logan the best player we ever produced in Guilford County? You could make that argument. The game played out like the season. Fast start, confounding moments and then brilliance.”
That brilliance was a team effort all the way and led by Coach Roscoe, who has been around football for four decades. Coach Roscoe was ably assisted by Brian Thomas, Ben Hepler, Richard Burton, Todd Sharp, Lee Meekins, Chris Vaughan, Chris Harris, and Justin Davis. All of these coaches will tell you that the Nighthawks’ perfect season was also due to the fine efforts provided by Team Trainer Justin Ollis, Assistant Trainer Valerie Smith, Team Physician Kirstin Shepperson and Team Managers Jenna Livingston, Sydney Monroe, Taylor Phillips, Ashlyn Thomas, and Mercedes Wiglesworth, along with Ball Boy Britt Thomas.
Every one of the 2012 champion Nighthawks can take pride in the completion of this perfect season. They include: Tre Purcell, C.J. Freeman, Brett Welch, Cameron Harris, Mook Reynolds, Robert Willcox, T.J. Logan, AJ Love, Nick Jones, Austin Coltrane, Justin Wallace, Daniel Kelly, Matt Page, Burney Sindab, Tucker Hord, Molick Scott, Chris Ripberger, Malik Parker, Matthew McGarry, Max Maynard, Rory Bergen, Bernard Sindab, T.J. Ruff, Josh Parker, Johnny Loflin, Jacob King, Ryan Johnston, Nick Fryer, Mason Monroe, TyShawn Reese, Austin Simmons, Josh Covington, Max Klietsch, Dylan Hakala, Trey French, Eric Hong, Josh Steele, Kamen Smith, Chris Forlano, Trevor McKee, Steven Branz, Jalen Hollins, Malik Hampton-Prioleau, Andrew Keen, John Wagoner, Tristen Simmons, Alex Hasler, Carlos Williams, Terrell Headen, Bret Unkel, and Duncan Taylordean.
A winning season also requires support from school administrators and leaders and Northern Guilford has a winning team there, too. Congratulations are appropriate for Principal Will Laine, Assistant Principals Doug Foutty and Travis Ward, and Athletic Director Brian Thomas. All can take pride in three straight state championships.
Last, but far from least, we have to mention Nighthawk Nation. I am sure that everyone associated with the football team will tell you that Northern Guilford’s formidable fan base spurred them on to victory. No doubt that the students, parents, faculty, staff, and supporters of Northern Guilford football are beaming with pride following a third state championship.
The seniors on this team will move on to their next adventures. For the returning Nighthawks, I am sure they have already begun their dreams of four in a row. If that happens, I plan to be back here again next year offering my own congratulations. For now, on behalf of the citizens of the Sixth District of North Carolina, we congratulate and thank the football team at Northern Guilford High School for showing us how perfection can be achieved. The third time is a charm indeed.
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