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Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens, a Raleigh native, is the senior editor of HighSchoolOT.com. Nick has covered high school sports for WRAL since 2006, and helped create what is now HighSchoolOT.com. In his blog, Nick provides insight and analysis on area high school sports teams, players and topics. He also provides his opinion on numerous issues surrounding high school sports. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStevensHSOT. You can contact Nick by clicking here or by sending an e-mail to nstevens@wral.com.

NCHSAA had no choice in Dudley case


Nov 12, 2014

Dudley's Trae Meadows (9) interception return during Dudley High Schools defeat of Hillside High School 12-9 on Friday September 12,  2014, Durham NC. 
(Photo: Karl Fisher / WRAL contributor)

Dudley's Trae Meadows (9) interception return during Dudley High Schools defeat of Hillside High School 12-9 on Friday September 12, 2014, Durham NC. (Photo: Karl Fisher / WRAL contributor)

From the outside looking in it might seem the N.C. High School Athletic Association's decision to remove No. 1 Dudley from the state playoffs is unfair. But it was the only choice the Executive Committee had.

Rules are proposed, discussed, and voted on by the NCHSAA Board of Directors, a board that is made up of administrators from member schools. The Eight Quarter Rule – which appears the be the rule at question here – is one of those rules.

Coaches from all over the state, at all different levels, use the Eight Quarter Rule. 256 teams qualified for the playoffs. One team had this issue. That means 255 others followed the rule without a problem, so it's not an issue with the rule itself.

Is this bad timing? Yes. Do you feel bad for the kids? Without question. But the NCHSAA had no choice but follow its own rules.

For

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What is the Eight Quarter Rule?


Nov 11, 2014

Hillside's Aaron Mccullough (8) and Hillside's Laurence Fogg (41) tackle Dudley's Hendon Hooker (1) during Dudley High Schools defeat of Hillside High School 12-9 on Friday September 12,  2014, Durham NC. 
(Photo: Karl Fisher / WRAL contributor)

Hillside's Aaron Mccullough (8) and Hillside's Laurence Fogg (41) tackle Dudley's Hendon Hooker (1) during Dudley High Schools defeat of Hillside High School 12-9 on Friday September 12, 2014, Durham NC. (Photo: Karl Fisher / WRAL contributor)

As the investigation into four ineligible players continues, more casual fans of high school football in North Carolina have asked the question, "What is the Eight Quarter Rule?"

The Eight Quarter Rule is a provision adopted by the N.C. High School Athletic Association that is intended to help schools in situations where they find themselves without much depth. The rule allows coaches to move freshmen and sophomore junior varsity players up to varsity in a back-up role.

According to the NCHSAA Handbook, "The intent of the rule is to give coaches some alternatives for junior varsity players (9th/10th graders only) to continue to gain valuable game experience at the junior varsity level and still be available as a backup player in the varsity games."

There are stipulations to the Eight Quarter Rule though.

A team may only use 12 players as Eight Quarter players during the course of the season, and the players must be pre-determined prior to dressing for the game.

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For Panther Creek, the key was defense


Oct 11, 2014

Brant Grisel (9) of the Middle Creek Mustangs.  Panther Creek High School traveled to Middle Creek High School and upset the home team on Homecoming defeating them with a score of 13 to 3.     (Photo by:  Suzie Wolf)

Brant Grisel (9) of the Middle Creek Mustangs. Panther Creek High School traveled to Middle Creek High School and upset the home team on Homecoming defeating them with a score of 13 to 3. (Photo by: Suzie Wolf)

We said it on HighSchoolOT Round Table this week. We said it on the pregame show on 620 The Buzz on Friday night. If Panther Creek was going to beat Middle Creek, they would have to do it with their defense.

During Friday's pregame show I said the biggest key for Panther Creek was not allowing the Mustangs to get off to a fast start. James Alverson added that the defense needed to create opportunities and capitalize on them.

All of this became reality.

Panther Creek held Middle Creek scoreless in the first half. In other words, they didn't allow Middle Creek the opportunity to get off to a fast start. It's hard to come back from behind against the Mustangs, but Panther Creek never trailed.

The Catamounts forced eight turnovers. Eight! That's the defense giving the offense opportunities. It also put the Middle Creek defense back on the field for extended periods of time.

And one of the Panther Creek turnovers was a pick six. Isaiah Laster grabbed a short

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Alumni Watch: Berrios brothers have big week


Sep 7, 2014

Braxton Berrios (8) finds some running room.  Leesville Road loses to Panther Creek at home with a score of 34 to 21.

Braxton Berrios (8) finds some running room. Leesville Road loses to Panther Creek at home with a score of 34 to 21.

Austin and Braxton Berrios, both products of Leesville Road High School, had big days on Saturday in the world of college football.

Braxton led the Miami Hurricanes in receiving with six receptions for 63 yards, averaging 10.5 yards per catch. His longest reception was for 22 yards.

The true freshman also returned three punts for 21 yards.

Austin scored the game-winning touchdown for Louisburg College against Fork Union Military Academy on Saturday, lifting the Hurricanes to a 28-25.

Johnathan Alston (Bunn): Alston caught three passes for 47 yards for NC State in the Wolfpack's 46-34 win over Old Dominion. He also carried the ball one time for three yards.

Ben Bolling (Knightdale): Bolling caught one pass for two yards for Campbell against Appalachian State.

Trent Bostick (Richmond): Bostick caught four passes for 92 yards to lead Charlotte in receiving against Johnson C. Smith.

Kameron

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Nick's Last Minute Picks: Week 3


Sep 5, 2014

Hillsides #5  runs the ball as Southern Durham defeats Hillside 16 to 13 Friday August 29, 2014 at O'Kelly-Riddick stadium in Durham, NC. (Photo by Jack Tarr/WRAL contributor.)

Hillsides #5 runs the ball as Southern Durham defeats Hillside 16 to 13 Friday August 29, 2014 at O'Kelly-Riddick stadium in Durham, NC. (Photo by Jack Tarr/WRAL contributor.)

Welcome to week three!

We saw a couple of surprises last week, and we even had a few close games. Will we have the same this week?

One thing I think we're going to see tonight is the PAC 6 picking up its first win. I'm picking Hillside to pick up the win tonight in South Carolina. 

Here are my other last minute picks...

Nick's Last Minute Picks: Week 3

Beddingfield @ Pinecrest

C.B. Aycock @ North Lenoir

Cape Fear @ Gray's Creek

Cardinal Gibbons @ Ravenscroft

Chapel Hill @ Carrboro

D.H. Conley @ Washington

Dudley @ Person

East Chapel Hill @ Cedar Ridge

Fike @ Kinston

Garner @ Broughton

Goldsboro @ Southern Wayne

Harnett Central @ Triton

Hertford

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