In many areas in North Carolina, high school football is thriving! You can head out east on Highway 64 and check out the Tarboro Vikings. You can go another hour and watch the Plymouth Vikings (or whatever the new consolidated school will be named). You can head to Elizabeth City and see my buddy Antonio Moore's team, the Northeastern Eagles. You can head towards Morehead City and check out East Carteret. Or you can go to New Bern or Havelock. You can head down on I-40 towards the coast and make stops in Warsaw (James Kenan), Teachey (Wallace-Rose Hill), or down to Wilmington (New Hanover, Hoggard). Richmond Raider football is still king...and don't forget the Scots in Laurinburg. Dudley (or what I call the fish fry capital of NC) is alive on any given Friday night...and so is city rival Page. Head to Charlotte and have your pick of many great teams. Head to the Smoky Mountain Conference and catch Robbinsville or Murphy. Franklin sure does bring it on...and so do the Rockets at A.C. Reynolds.
Unfortunately, many areas in the state struggle to field a competitive football team. Many schools no longer have a junior varsity team.
I am a big advocate of Junior Varsity football. Junior Varsity builds character among the players...and the coaches. Many teams use their JV squad to help transition kids into their high school program. However, when a program no longer fields a JV program, a considerable void...a void called experience, creeps into a program.
As a general question for everyone, how many attend JV football? I've been to a few over the years, but I usually have other Thursday night commitments. When I am available, I will try and attend a local game.
Who fields...and who does not field, a JV squad?
I would love for all of you to provide us with your input.