The website gobiggreen.net, fan-operated out of Asheville, is a high school football fan’s dream.
The site had already accounted for every NCHSAA team in the state’s win-loss records dating back to 1999. This offseason it added records going back to 1980.
Though that doesn’t matter much in our corner of Wake County – Middle Creek, Green Hope, Panther Creek, Holly Springs and spanking-new Apex Friendship opened in 1999 or later – it helps piece together the histories of our older schools.
It also shows how greatly things can shift in high school football. It may not be overnight, but these shifts have staying power.
According to the website, Apex went 16 years without a winning season until former coach Bob Wolfe led the team to an 8-3 mark in 1998. The team did no worse than 6-6 over the next 11 years.
Athens Drive, which opened in 1979, produced 11 seasons of .500 or better before taking a nose dive from 1998 to 2005. The team won no more than two games in any season during that span. That changed when former coach Jeff Smouse led the Jags to a 9-3 mark in 2006 and the school’s only conference title in 2007 (11-2).
Cary, which has a proud history, started off the 1980s with conference titles in ‘81 and ‘83 and then had seven straight losing years from 1987-93. The Imps bounced back with six straight winning seasons including two conference titles in 1995-96. Cary is 201-192-1 since 1980.
Fuquay-Varina has the best mark of any area team during that time, going 273-140 (66.1 percent). The Bengals won conference titles four times in the 1980s and had a winning season each year. Fuquay was the 2A runner-up in 1985.
In the 1990s, Fuquay-Varina had winning seasons in six of the first seven years but the Bengals only managed one from 1997-2004. That was right before former coach David Riggs came in, and the Bengals have been to the playoffs every year since 2005.
Garner and Northern Durham lead the Triangle with 20 conference championships apiece over the last 35 seasons. Clayton and Southern Durham each has 15 league titles, followed by Fuquay-Varina (14), Clayton (14), East Wake (11) and Bunn (10).
Fuquay’s 14 league titles since 1980 are more than Apex (one), Athens Drive (one), Cary (five), Green Hope (three), Holly Springs (zero) and Panther Creek (two) combined. Middle Creek also has five.
Junior Legion: Neither of Cary’s Junior Legion baseball teams – the Bulls and the Colts – advanced to this week’s state tournament.
Correction: In last Wednesday’s edition, it was stated that Cardinal Gibbons principal Jason Curtis is not involved in the admissions process. Curtis stated that he was involved in the school’s admissions.