Chris Edwards, a graduate of Garner High School, pioneered the Trojan Sports Network at his alma mater, providing play-by-play coverage of different sports at the school. Chris is a regular contributor to HighSchoolOT.com. He is a co-host of HighSchoolOT Round Table each Wednesday on HighSchoolOT.com. You can follow Chris on Twitter @Chris__Edwards (with two underscores).
Sep 10, 2013
Clayton head coach Gary Fowler and Garner head coach Nelson Smith before the start of tonights game. Garner runs over Clayton 28 to 0 Friday night September 14, 2012.
As college and professional athletics, particularly football, continue to grow not only in terms of popularity but in the financial realm, it has become common place for coaches to jump ship for a new program or (in the case of college and the NFL) more money.
It has become a trend that in recent years has found its way to the high school level, not often do you see a coach staying at one school for their entire career. I understand coaches leaving a certain school because of family or travel reasons.
However, the turnover around high school sports seems to be at an all-time high, that’s why it was such a sad day for high school sports when Nelson Smith and Gary Fowler finally decided to hang up their whistle. You do not see guys like that coming around anymore and to be honest, I can blame them.
Put yourself in the shoes of a varsity football coach in Wake County, you spend the entire summer getting you club conditioned and prepared for the upcoming season, play…
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Aug 27, 2013
Garner's #2 Nyheim Miller-hines is tackled as Garner defeats Middle Creek 21 to 16 Friday night August 23, 2013. (Photo by Jack Tarr)
Sometimes I’m amazed at how the smallest thing can change the way you look at situation.
That happened to me this past Friday night during the course of the game I was covering which happened to be Middle Creek at Garner.
For you to fully understand this story, I have to take to back six years on a Saturday afternoon while I was sitting in Dowdy-Ficklin Stadium, pulling for East Carolina as a student. The Pirates happened to be playing their neighbors from Raleigh led by former Broughton quarterback Daniel Evans.
Both teams were going in very different directions, ECU was on its way to another Conference-USA Championship and another trip (loss) in the Liberty Bowl. Meanwhile, NC State was struggling to in the early stages of the Tom O’Brien era. You know the rest of the story, Evans had a career day passing and led the Wolfpack to a pummeling of East Carolina.
After the game, I sat in the sands sulking knowing I was about to be bombarded with Facebook wallposts,…
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Aug 20, 2013
It's hard to believe that it’s already time for high school football season. It seems like just yesterday I was sitting at Carter-Finley Stadium covering Carrboro’s state championship attempt.
It always amazes me how much we look forward to football season and then how fast the football season goes.
You know, after seven years covering high school football, and high school sports in general, it is hard to remember all the games and the final scores, but what I really remember and value are the relationships, not only with the players and coaches but the supporters, administrators and fans.
Saturday I was standing in the rain watching football at the HighSchoolOT.com Jamboree. There are so many great people who came up and said hello, asked how things were going, and wanted to know my thoughts about the upcoming season. Some of these individuals were players, coaches, fans and even officials (believe it or not, I actually like officials). Its times like that which…
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