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Middle Creek offensive tackle commits to Campbell

January 22, 2013 

Middle Creek High’s Ryan Dowell, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound left tackle, has committed to Campbell University to play football.

Dowell said he met with new Campbell coach Mike Minter and was excited by the Camels’ future.

“We had a one-on-one, and he told me why he was excited about me joining the program and why I should be excited about joining the program,” Dowell said. “The whole campus seems to be excited by the program.

“There is no question that the new staff is going to do great things.”

Dowell said he was impressed by the school and its academic reputation.

Middle Creek quarterback David Salmon committed to the Camels in December, graduated from high school early and already is attending classes in Buies Creek.

“We’re in touch,” Dowell said. “He loves it there.”

Doyle was a two-year starter for the Mustangs.

“He’s a great kid with great grades,” said Middle Creek coach Mike Castellano. “He did a great job for us, and I expect he’ll do a great job for Campbell.”

Person names coach: David Kleine is moving from assistant coach to head football coach at Roxboro Person. Kleine has been on staff at Person for 12 years and has worked under five head coaches. He was the Rockets’ offensive coordinator for two seasons under head coach Lou Geary, who resigned after the 2011 season.

“I know there may be questions in my lack of head coaching experience, which is natural,” Kleine told Kelly Snow of the Roxboro Courier-Times. “A lot of times bigger schools are looking for coaches with head coaching experience, but I’ve learned a lot by moving around to different positions and have a good feel of what I’m going to be asking for from my assistants. It’s also given me a well-balanced knowledge of the game.

“I learned a long time before I moved down here, that when one door closes, another one opens….I’m very grateful that I have this opportunity, and I hope I’ll be able to make the most of it.”

Klein will succeed Doug Robertson, whose team was 3-8 during his only season as head coach. Robertson, who had coached Reidsville to a state 2A title in 2009, has been named head coach at Eastern Guilford.

Robertson went to Person with the idea of making a long commitment.

“The football program hasn’t had much continuity in recent years,” Robertson said when he took the job. “I’m going with the idea that everything is in place, but that the program needs to be built from the ground up. I’m in for the long haul. I want to get into the community and get involved.”

Person has had a succession of new coaches since Mark Lunsford resigned following the 2006 season when the Rockets finished 7-5.

Hillside wall: Durham Hillside will add Antonio King and Nisha Watson to its Wall of Fame on Friday during the Hornets’ home basketball game against Southern Durham.

King is the Hornets’ head football coach and was a standout quarterback at the school. He coached Hillside to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A title in 2011.

Watson was an all-state basketball player for the Hornets.

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