Ever wondered why some high school teams don’t have the decals on their helmets in the early part of the season?
There are a few reasons, but sometimes it’s a matter of motivation.
In 2011, Green Hope coach Kwame Dixon wasn’t going to give his first Falcons team their decal until their first win – no small gesture when the team was on a 38-game losing skid. But Green Hope won in Week 1 that season, ending the streak. The logos were on the helmets for Week 2.
Dixon said he got the idea of withholding the decal from the teams Clayton’s Gary Fowler had coached.
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However, a team not having a decal by Week 1 is sometimes a timing issue.
“I try to order them in the spring so I don’t run into the problem of them not being here in the fall, but sometimes you’re working around fiscal budgets and you have to wait until you raise the money,” Dixon said. “The turnaround, when I have had to order it later on or in the summer, is pretty fast.”
Changing the decal from year-to-year can add to the turnaround time.
Most decals are cheap, usually $5 each but sold for less – about $2 – when bought in bulk.
It’s a bit more if you’re also ordering pride stickers, or a stripe, or if the logo has other specifications such as chrome or oversized decals and those for matte helmets.
Some helmet companies will put them on while also doing helmet reconditioning. Most of the time, coaches do it themselves. Very few schools order enough decals for JV helmets.
Fuquay-Varina is one of those that always has the logo ready for Week 1.
“We’ve had them since December,” Fuquay-Varina coach Jeb Hall said. “I figure if we’re going to spend that much money on them, we’re going to get some use out of them.”
Less fanfare for live TV
Once again, a Triangle high school football game will be broadcast live. But there’s less fanfare this year, the second season the N.C. High School Athletic Association has permitted Time Warner Cable SportsChannel’s live broadcasts of regular-season athletic contests.
Cardinal Gibbons hosts Southern Durham on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. There’s excitement at both schools, but it feels like part of the new normal.
No conference had a better first week of football than the Cap-8, which went 7-1 compared with other area 4A leagues like the Southwest Wake (4-5), PAC-6 (3-4) and Greater Neuse River (2-6).
Wake Forest, Leesville Road, Heritage and Sanderson combined for 12 points allowed and two shutouts. Millbrook had a comfortable 38-14 win at East Wake.
Enloe and Broughton, which combined to go 1-15 in conference play last year, each topped the 58-point mark. Enloe stopped a 12-game losing streak with a 58-27 rout of Bartlett-Yancey while Broughton won a shootout 61-36 against Apex.
The only loser was Wakefield, which lost 53-7 against No. 1 Middle Creek.
The starting 11: players of the week
Tyler Bonds, Enloe: Ran for 191 yards on 15 carries and one TD.
Devin Carter, Clayton: Caught five passes for 179 yards and three TDs.
Devone Jackson, Broughton: Returned a kickoff for TD, ran for a TD, caught two TDs.
Wade Clayton, Apex: Six catches for 225 yards.
Duke Fruehauf, Apex: Threw for 348 yards passing (24 of 40) and four TDs.
Kavante Johnson, South Johnston: Ran for 184 yards and two TDs on 20 carries.
Landen Leiser, Clayton: Completed 18 of 27 passes for 363 yards and five TDs with two interceptions.
Caiden Norman, Cleveland: Threw for 423 yards on 30-of-37 passing for six TDs and no interceptions.
Jahmir Smith, Lee County: Ran for four TDs (10 carries, 114 yards) and caught one more (63 yards).
Broderick Taylor, Holly Springs: Racked up 373 rushing yards and three TDs that included sprints of 90 and 55 yards.
Kevin Wright, Cedar Ridge: Picked off two passes and returned one 70 yards for a TD.
3-point stance: top defenses
Heritage: The Huskies got a safety and an interception return for a TD in a 51-6 blowout of Green Hope. Heritage held Green Hope to minus-41 yards rushing.
Lee County: Lee got an interception return for TD in a 56-0 shutout of Warren County, holding the Eagles to 67 yards of offense (one rushing yard).
Middle Creek: In a 53-7 win, the Mustangs stifled a potent Wakefield offense, holding the rushing game to 45 yards on 31 carries and N.C. State QB recruit Matt McKay to 11-of-24 passing for 77 yards.
▪ Area first-year head coaches went 6-10 in their openers last week. Chris Dawson (Broughton), Adam Sanders (Apex Friendship), Ray Harrison (Hillside), Scott Shaw (St. David’s), Tavares Oates (Eastern Wayne) and Jonathan Riba (North Johnston) were the winners. North Pitt’s Brent Wooten debuts this week against Kinston.
▪ Carrboro-Chapel Hill City Schools teams were 0-3 and all three were shut out. Orange County schools went 2-0, outscoring opponents 95-3.
▪ Jordan football coach Anthony Barbour was pleased with his team despite the 38-0 loss to Leesville Road. “I think kids came out in the second half. They could have easily quit. It could have been 56-0 and they didn’t quit. They came out and played. Even though Leesville did sub some, we still kept fighting.”
Millbrook’s touchdown pledge: When Millbrook scores a touchdown between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1, it will be doing more than putting points on the board. The school is joining Touchdowns Against Cancer as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Fans can pledge a donation for every touchdown the Wildcats score, and the money will directly benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You can pledge online at https://pledgeit.org/tac16-millbrook-wildcats-raleigh-nc.