High School Huddle

Notebook: Dular resigns; Brayden Sims breaks a Garner record

tstevens@newsobserver.comDecember 2, 2013 

South Johnston High football coach Shane Dular announced Monday that he has resigned his coaching position.

Dular succeeded Joe Salas as coach on the eve of the 2011 season.

“This was a tough, personal decision for me and my family,” Dular said in an email announcing his resignation. “I will continue to teach and will do everything in my power to make the transition as smooth as possible.

“My time at South Johnston has been great. I appreciate the support of the parents and the administration throughout my time here. I especially appreciate the players. Their commitment, work ethic, and attitude have always been tremendous and I will miss them greatly. I know they will be successful.”

Dular had served as offensive coordinator before taking the head coaching job. He helped the Trojans reach the 2009 N.C. High School Athletic Association 3AA state championship game.

The Trojans were 2-9 in 2013 and 17-17 during Dular’s three-year tenure. They advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2012 and qualified for the 2011 playoffs.

Playoff run: Garner wide receiver Brayden Sims set a school record in the Trojans’ 24-21 loss to Middle Creek last Friday night.

Sims played in 12 NCHSAA playoff games, the most ever in the program. The Trojans had five playoff games in 2011, four in 2012 and three this season.

The 6-foot-2, 187-pound standout blocked a punt and recovered another blocked punt for a touchdown in Garner’s loss to Middle Creek. A week earlier, he caught a 72-yard touchdown pass that helped the Trojans defeat Fayetteville Britt 63-56

“It is really humbling, to have a distinction like that,” Sims said of his playoff experience. “My dad played here so I have a little bit more of an understanding about the history of the program.

“I was really fortunate to play as a sophomore, which is something a lot of guys don’t get the opportunity to do.”

He finished the 2013 season with seven receiving touchdowns and 401 yards receiving.

“Brayden was just a great football player for us,” said Garner coach Thurman Leach. “His role has grown every season and he really stepped up and became a great leader for our football team this year. He’s a big part of a senior class with guys like Brighton (Hudson), Najee (Simpson), (Terry) Whitehead and a lot of other guys we’ll miss.

“We couldn’t have asked for more than we got out of this senior class.”

Stop big plays: Wake Forest coach Reggie Lucas said one key to success is scoring when a team makes a big play.

“If you get close, you still have to score,” Lucas said. “A lot of things can happen on first-and-goal from the 3. Teams are really good with their red zone defenses.

“If you get the big play into the end zone, you’ve got six points. If you’re stopped just short, you might get 6, or 3, or nothing.”

Hood rambles: Charlotte Catholic senior running back Elijah Hood rushed 23 times for 372 yards and six touchdowns in the Cougars’ 56-30 win over Southeast Guilford on Friday.

His six touchdowns give him 51 this season, which is a Mecklenburg County record. He has run for 3,541 rushing yards this season, which also is a county record. Hood decommitted from Notre Dame and will attend college at North Carolina.

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