High Schools

High school notebook: Word of God goes 11-man

February 4, 2014 

Raleigh Word of God will begin playing 11-man football this fall. The Rams will not be in an N.C. Independent School Athletic Association conference in 2014, but will join the Big East Football Conference in the fall of 2015.

The league currently includes Harrells Christian, Wake Christian, North Raleigh Christian and Ravenscroft. Word of God will be eligible for the NCISAA Division III football playoffs.

“We are excited about the change,” said Kevin Washington, the Rams athletics director and football coach. “We think this will be a very good change for us.”

Word of God won NCISAA eight-man state football titles in 2010 and 2011 and lost in the finals in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

Washington has a 34-8 record in four seasons as head coach.

Honeycutt picked: Barry Honeycutt, the football coach at Corinth Holders High, has been named to the North Carolina coaching staff for the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star football game in Spartanburg, S.C.

Honeycutt will be an assistant coach under North Carolina head coach Hal Capps of Mooresville. The Dec. 20 game will be the 78th in the series that matches a high school senior all-star team from North Carolina against a team from South Carolina.

Leesville Road’s Susan Ennis was named as the head athletic trainer for North Carolina.

4A wrestling: Fayetteville Britt (29-0) overpowered Cary to advance to the the third round of the dual-team tournament with a 50-17 victory. The Imps knew they needed a near-perfect performance to unseat the reigning 4A East champion and put up a lineup without banged-up Will Clark and Ke Wang, two of Cary’s top wrestlers.

“We had to throw everything at them to be in it. They’re solid at every weight,” Cary coach Taylor Cummings said.

Cary (15-2 and No. 2 in the N&O) beat New Bern 52-21 in the first round, but was overwhelmed by the Buccaneers, who had topped Hoke in the first round 70-6. Britt will wrestle Wilmington Laney, a 45-33 winner over Southern Pines Pinecrest, including three closing forfeits, in the third round.

Sanderson and Holly Springs will join Britt and Laney in the third round. Sanderson (18-1, No. 3) beat Durham Riverside 42-20 in the second round after opening with a 56-9 win over Knightdale. Riverside had knocked off Athens Drive in the first round.

Wake Forest (11-6) lost its first-round match 45-33 to Southern Pines Pinecrest (10-6).

3A wrestling: Area 3A wrestling teams were wiped out on the first night of the dual-team tournament.

Orange (24-3 and No. 5 in the N&O) beat Ledford 44-25 in the first round, but was eliminated by Eden Morehead 46-24 in the second round.

Cleveland (11-7), the Two Rivers 3A top seed, lost the last seven matches to Eastern Guilford (20-11) to fall in the first round 37-33.

The Big Eight’s Chapel Hill (22-7) lost to Cameron Union Pines 39-36 after Union Pines forfeited the last five matches after clinching the first-round win.

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