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THE ROANOKE TIMESTHURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012
COLLISION COURSE
Cover stories
Hidden Valley’s Jake Kite (above left)and Patrick Henry’s David Prince havemade commitments to ACC schools,but first they will suit up as highschool seniors. Kite and Prince will beon opposite sides Friday night at PHwhen the 2012 football season opensacross Timesland.
PRINCE
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KITE
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REACHINGNEWHEIGHTS
COVINGTON’STROY HELTONPAGE 10
1. SALEM2. PATRICK HENRY3. NORTHSIDE4. FRANKLIN COUNTY5. ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY6. PULASKI COUNTY7. GILES8. HIDDEN VALLEY9. CHRISTIANSBURG10. GEORGE WYTHE
TIMESLAND TOP
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TIMESLAND SCHEDULES
2012PREDICTIONS
WESTERN VALLEY DISTRICT
FRANKLIN COUNTY
Aug. 24 at William Fleming W, 20-3Aug. 31 Woodbridge W, 21-14Sept. 7 at Salem W, 14-13Sept. 14 Magna Vista L, 28-26Sept. 21 at Bassett W, 34-13Sept. 28 Christiansburg L, 42-8Oct. 5 William Fleming W, 35-16Oct. 12 at Halifax County W, 49-29Oct. 19 at George Washington W, 34-20Oct. 26 Patrick Henry W, 34-0
PATRICK HENRY
Aug. 24 Hidden Valley W, 42-14Aug. 31 at Bassett W, 44-14Sept. 7 Pulaski County W, 31-7Sept. 14 at Blacksburg W, 49-3Sept. 21 at Patriot DNPOct. 5 George Washington W, 31-2Oct. 12 Martinsburg, W.Va. L, 14-9Oct. 19 at Halifax County W, 41-0Oct. 26 at Franklin County L, 34-0Nov. 2 William Fleming W, 14-0
WILLIAM FLEMING
Aug. 24 Franklin County L, 20-3Aug. 31 Amherst County L, 9-0Sept. 7 at Magna Vista L, 14-9Sept. 14 E.C. Glass L, 21-20Sept. 21 R.J. Reynolds, N.C. L, 27-14Sept. 28 Salem L, 21-0Oct. 5 at Franklin County L, 35-16Oct. 12 George Washington L, 32-7Oct. 26 Halifax County W, 9-7Nov. 2 at Patrick Henry L, 14-0
BLUE RIDGE DISTRICT
ALLEGHANY
Aug. 24 Covington W, 47-0Sept. 7 Rustburg L, 35-13Sept. 14 at Bath County W, 35-20Sept. 21 Cave Spring L, 45-21Sept. 28 at James River W, 35-19Oct. 5 at Northside L, 42-21Oct. 12 William Byrd L, 41-25Oct. 19 at Rockbridge County L, 31-29Oct. 26 Lord Botetourt W, 36-0Nov. 2 at Staunton River L, 40-28
LORD BOTETOURT
Aug. 24 James River W, 45-7Aug. 31 at Salem L, 29-13Sept. 7 at Hidden Valley L, 31-10Sept. 14 at Cave Spring L, 34-18Sept. 21 Blacksburg W, 12-11Oct. 5 at William Byrd L, 32-3Oct. 12 Rockbridge County L, 38-0Oct. 19 Staunton River W, 17-16Oct. 26 at Alleghany L, 36-0Nov. 2 Northside L, 28-27
NORTHSIDE
Aug. 24 at Amherst County W, 20-14Aug. 31 Pulaski County W, 17-9Sept. 7 Cave Spring W, 45-21Sept. 14 Hidden Valley W, 21-17Sept. 21 at Salem W, 23-17Oct. 5 Alleghany W, 42-21Oct. 12 at Staunton River W, 42-20Oct. 19 at William Byrd W, 21-20Oct. 26 Rockbridge County W, 19-6Nov. 2 at Lord Botetourt W, 28-27
ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY
Aug. 24 Parry McCluer W, 48-7Aug. 31 Waynesboro W, 53-17Sept. 7 at Fort Deance W, 26-22Sept. 14 Robert E. Lee L, 14-0Sept. 21 at Amherst County W, 20-0Oct. 5 Staunton River W, 21-14Oct. 12 at Lord Botetourt W, 38-0Oct. 19 Alleghany W, 31-29Oct. 26 at Northside L, 19-6Nov. 2 at William Byrd W, 46-28
STAUNTON RIVER
Aug. 31 at Jefferson Forest L, 42-24Sept. 7 at Liberty W, 19-6Sept. 14 Patrick County W, 42-7Sept. 21 James River W, 39-15Sept. 28 at Tunstall W, 27-17Oct. 5 at Rockbridge County W, 38-0Oct. 12 Northside L, 42-0Oct. 19 at Lord Botetourt L, 17-16Oct. 26 William Byrd W, 24-20Nov. 2 Alleghany W, 40-28
WILLIAM BYRD
Aug. 24 at Cave Spring L, 28-14Aug. 31 Hidden Valley L, 20-6Sept. 7 at Brookville L, 42-6Sept. 14 Salem L, 27-13Sept. 28 Glenvar W, 42-21Oct. 5 Lord Botetourt W, 32-3Oct. 12 at Alleghany W, 41-25Oct. 19 Northside L, 21-20Oct. 26 at Staunton River L, 24-20Nov. 2 Rockbridge County L, 46-28
PIEDMONT DISTRICT
BASSETT
Aug. 24 at Carroll County W, 14-7Aug. 31 Patrick Henry L, 44-14Sept. 7 at Jefferson Forest L, 44-21Sept. 14 Christiansburg L, 47-0Sept. 21 Franklin County L, 34-13Sept. 28 at Hidden Valley L, 28-21Oct. 5 Tunstall W, 19-14Oct. 19 at Martinsville L, 46-34Oct. 26 at Patrick County W, 42-6Nov. 2 Magna Vista L, 27-14
MAGNA VISTA
Aug. 24 at Heritage W, 34-19Aug. 31 Morehead, N.C. W, 49-16Sept. 7 William Fleming W, 14-9Sept. 14 at Franklin County W, 28-26Sept. 21 Pulaski County W, 35-28Sept. 28 at Halifax County W, 42-21Oct. 5 Patrick County W, 64-13Oct. 12 at Tunstall W, 42-0Oct. 26 Martinsville W, 34-17Nov. 2 at Bassett W, 27-14
MARTINSVILLE
Aug. 24 Brookville L, 35-18Aug. 31 at Cave Spring L, 50-29Sept. 14 Liberty W, 44-34Sept. 21 Halifax County L, 17-10Sept. 28 at Carroll County W, 18-14Oct. 5 at Heritage L, 18-10Oct. 12 at Patrick County W, 36-0Oct. 19 Bassett W, 46-34Oct. 26 at Magna Vista L, 34-17Nov. 2 Tunstall W, 21-14
PATRICK COUNTY
Aug. 24 North Stokes, N.C. L, 24-0Sept. 7 at Floyd County L, 62-0Sept. 14 at Staunton River L, 42-7Sept. 21 Richlands L, 49-0Sept. 28 Radford L, 38-13Oct. 5 at Magna Vista L, 64-13Oct. 12 Martinsville L, 36-0Oct. 19 at Tunstall L, 21-13Oct. 26 Bassett L, 42-6Nov. 2 at Carroll County L, 41-6
RIVER RIDGE DISTRICT
BLACKSBURG
Aug. 24 Giles L, 10-0Aug. 31 Liberty L, 40-3Sept. 7 at Tazewell W, 30-7Sept. 14 Patrick Henry L, 49-3Sept. 21 at Lord Botetourt L, 12-11Oct. 5 Hidden Valley L, 41-7Oct. 12 at Salem L, 55-7Oct. 19 at Cave Spring L, 40-6Oct. 26 Pulaski County L, 28-0Nov. 2 at Christiansburg L, 41-10
CAVE SPRING
Aug. 24 William Byrd W, 28-14Aug. 31 Martinsville W, 50-29Sept. 7 at Northside L, 45-21Sept. 14 Lord Botetourt W, 34-18Sept. 21 at Alleghany W, 45-21Oct. 5 Salem L, 29-26Oct. 12 at Pulaski County W, 22-20Oct. 19 Blacksburg W, 40-6Oct. 26 at Christiansburg W, 26-21Nov. 2 at Hidden Valley L, 41-39
CHRISTIANSBURG
Aug. 24 Floyd County W, 49-0Aug. 31 at Giles W, 20-10Sept. 7 Carroll County W, 52-13Sept. 14 at Bassett W, 47-0Sept. 28 at Franklin County W, 42-8Oct. 5 Pulaski County W, 28-7Oct. 12 at Hidden Valley W, 31-6Oct. 19 at Salem W, 42-36Oct. 26 Cave Spring L, 26-21Nov. 2 Blacksburg W, 41-10
HIDDEN VALLEY
Aug. 24 at Patrick Henry L, 42-14Aug. 31 at William Byrd W, 20-6Sept. 7 Lord Botetourt W, 31-10Sept. 14 at Northside L, 21-17Sept. 28 Bassett W, 28-21Oct. 5 at Blacksburg W, 41-7Oct. 12 Christiansburg L, 31-6Oct. 19 at Pulaski County W, 13-10Oct. 26 Salem L, 10-3Nov. 2 Cave Spring W, 41-39
PULASKI COUNTY
Aug. 24 Radford L, 13-12Aug. 31 at Northside L, 17-9Sept. 7 at Patrick Henry L, 31-7Sept. 14 Richlands L, 38-21Sept. 21 at Magna Vista L, 35-28Oct. 5 at Christiansburg L, 28-7Oct. 12 Cave Spring L, 22-20Oct. 19 Hidden Valley L, 13-10Oct. 26 at Blacksburg W, 28-0Nov. 2 Salem L, 35-20
SALEM
Aug. 31 Lord Botetourt W, 29-13Sept. 7 Franklin County L, 14-13Sept. 14 at William Byrd W, 27-13Sept. 21 Northside L, 23-17Sept. 28 at William Fleming W, 21-10Oct. 5 at Cave Spring W, 29-26Oct. 12 Blacksburg W, 55-7Oct. 19 Christiansburg L, 42-36Oct. 26 at Hidden Valley W, 10-3Nov. 2 at Pulaski County W, 35-20
SEMINOLE DISTRICT
JEFFERSON FOREST
Aug. 24 at Halifax County W, 35-12Aug. 31 Staunton River W, 42-24Sept. 7 Bassett W, 44-21Sept. 14 at Turner Ashby W, 28-16Sept. 21 Brookville L, 35-10Oct. 6 at E.C. Glass W, 45-21Oct. 12 Liberty W, 36-25Oct. 19 at Amherst County W, 24-21Oct. 26 Heritage W, 34-14Nov. 2 at Rustburg L, 27-14
LIBERTY
Aug. 31 at Blacksburg W, 40-3Sept. 7 Staunton River L, 19-6Sept. 14 at Martinsville L, 44-34Sept. 21 Heritage L, 42-0Sept. 28 at Rustburg L, 21-12Oct. 5 Brookville L, 47-0Oct. 12 at Jefferson Forest L, 36-25Oct. 19 E.C. Glass L, 49-19Oct. 26 at Harrisonburg L, 41-20Nov. 2 at Amherst County L, 28-12
SOUTHWEST
CARROLL COUNTY
Aug. 24 Bassett L, 14-7Aug. 31 at Mt. Airy, N.C. L, 21-6Sept. 7 at Christiansburg L, 52-13Sept. 21 at Grayson County L, 26-19Sept. 28 Martinsville L, 18-14Oct. 5 Abingdon W, 16-3Oct. 12 at Richlands L, 48-23Oct. 19 at Tazewell W, 53-0Oct. 26 Marion L, 30-8Nov. 2 Patrick County W, 41-6
MARION
Aug. 24 Chilhowie L, 35-21Aug. 31 at Northwood W, 57-0Sept. 7 Fort Chiswell L, 29-7Sept. 14 at Rural Retreat L, 46-31Sept. 21 Graham L, 28-26Sept. 28 George Wythe L, 52-13Oct. 5 at Richlands L, 49-0Oct. 19 Tazewell W, 37-10Oct. 26 at Carroll County W, 30-8Nov. 2 at Abingdon W, 55-24
HOGOHEEGEE DISTRICT
CHILHOWIE
Aug. 24 at Marion W, 35-21Aug. 31 Grayson County L, 40-7Sept. 7 at Abingdon W, 7-0Sept. 14 Fort Chiswell L, 35-7Sept. 21 Northwood W, 34-6Sept. 28 at Virginia High L, 21-6Oct. 5 at Rural Retreat L, 28-22Oct. 12 George Wythe L, 56-10Oct. 26 PH-Glade Spring W, 55-0Nov. 2 at Holston W, 28-14
GEORGE WYTHE
Aug. 24 Tazewell W, 63-3Aug. 31 Fort Chiswell W, 34-0Sept. 7 at Radford W, 10-7Sept. 14 Floyd County W, 31-19Sept. 28 at Marion W, 52-13Oct. 5 at Northwood W, 62-14Oct. 12 at Chilhowie W, 56-10Oct. 19 PH-Glade Spring W, 49-0Oct. 26 Holston W, 42-0Nov. 2 at Rural Retreat W, 42-6
RURAL RETREAT
Aug. 24 at Fort Chiswell W, 28-22Aug. 31 Bland County W, 42-0Sept. 7 at Grayson County L, 52-13Sept. 14 Marion W, 46-31Sept. 21 at Narrows W, 47-6Oct. 5 Chilhowie W, 28-22Oct. 12 at PH-Glade Spring W, 39-8Oct. 19 Holston W, 45-29Oct. 26 at Northwood W, 27-0Nov. 2 George Wythe L, 42-6
MOUNTAIN EMPIRE DISTRICT
BLAND COUNTY
Aug. 24 at PH-Glade Spring L, 26-15Aug. 31 at Rural Retreat L, 42-0Sept. 14 Holston L, 21-20Sept. 21 Eastern Montgomery L, 27-21Sept. 28 at Northwood W, 14-12Oct. 5 Narrows W, 16-8Oct. 12 at Grayson County L, 56-13Oct. 19 Graham L, 31-0Oct. 26 at Galax L, 49-0Nov. 2 Fort Chiswell L, 49-13
FORT CHISWELL
Aug. 24 Rural Retreat L, 28-22Aug. 31 at George Wythe L, 34-0Sept. 7 at Marion W, 29-7Sept. 14 at Chilhowie W, 35-7Sept. 21 Floyd County W, 30-12Oct. 5 Galax L, 52-0Oct. 12 Narrows W, 42-6Oct. 19 Grayson County L, 41-40Oct. 26 at Graham L, 10-7Nov. 2 at Bland County W, 49-13
GALAX
Aug. 24 Glenvar W, 17-14Aug. 31 at Floyd County W, 37-21Sept. 7 at Eastern Montgomery W, 56-12Sept. 14 at Radford W, 43-0Sept. 21 Craig County W, 49-14Oct. 5 at Fort Chiswell W, 52-0Oct. 12 Graham W, 45-14Oct. 19 at Narrows W, 48-7Oct. 26 Bland County W, 49-0Nov. 2 Grayson County W, 21-6
GRAYSON COUNTY
Aug. 24 Alleghany, N.C. W, 55-12Aug. 31 at Chilhowie W, 40-7Sept. 7 Rural Retreat W, 52-13Sept. 14 at Clintwood W, 61-6Sept. 21 Carroll County W, 26-19Oct. 5 at Graham W, 41-3Oct. 12 Bland County W, 56-13Oct. 19 at Fort Chiswell W, 41-40Oct. 26 at Narrows W, 48-6Nov. 2 at Galax L, 21-6
NARROWS
Aug. 24 at James Monroe, W.Va. L, 34-6Aug. 31 at Eastern Montgomery L, 36-6Sept. 7 Craig County L, 28-19Sept. 14 Giles L, 49-12Sept. 21 Rural Retreat L, 47-6Oct. 5 at Bland County L, 16-8Oct. 12 at Fort Chiswell L, 42-6Oct. 19 Galax L, 48-7Oct. 26 Grayson County L, 48-6Nov. 2 at Graham L, 35-7
PIONEER DISTRICT
BATH COUNTY
Aug. 24 Eastern Montgomery W, ,13-6Aug. 31 Riverheads L, 45-0Sept. 7 at Buffalo Gap L, 14-11Sept. 14 Alleghany L, 35-20Sept. 28 at Pocahontas Co., W.Va. L, 45-33Oct. 5 at Covington L, 22-19Oct. 12 Parry McCluer W, 20-14Oct. 19 at Craig County W, 14-10Oct. 26 James River L, 14-6Nov. 2 Pendleton Co., W.Va. W, 41-6
COVINGTON
Aug. 24 at Alleghany L, 47-0Aug. 31 at Auburn W, 43-8Sept. 7 Giles L, 42-12Sept. 14 Eastern Montgomery W, 34-22Sept. 21 at Glenvar L, 41-10Sept. 28 at Summers Co., W.Va. W, 27-22Oct. 5 Bath County W, 22-19Oct. 12 at James River W, 50-48Oct. 26 Craig County W, 21-7Nov. 2 at Parry McCluer W, 29-22
CRAIG COUNTY
Aug. 24 Auburn W, 41-6Aug. 31 East Hardy, W.Va. L, 44-21Sept. 7 at Narrows W, 28-19Sept. 14 at Roanoke Catholic L, 19-0Sept. 21 at Galax L, 49-14Oct. 5 at Parry McCluer L, 30-22Oct. 12 Montcalm, W.Va. W, 55-14Oct. 19 Bath County L, 14-0Oct. 26 at Covington L, 21-7Nov. 2 James River L, 37-0
JAMES RIVER
Aug. 24 at Lord Botetourt L, 45-7Aug. 31 at Glenvar L, 41-15Sept. 7 Altavista L, 42-0Sept. 14 Auburn W, 54-0Sept. 21 at Staunton River L, 39-15Sept. 28 Alleghany L, 35-19Oct. 12 Covington L, 50-48Oct. 19 Parry McCluer W, 14-13Oct. 26 Bath County W, 14-6Nov. 2 at Craig County W, 37-0
PARRY McCLUER
Aug. 24 at Rockbridge County L, 48-7Aug. 31 Buffalo Gap L, 28-12Sept. 7 Montcalm, W.Va. W, 64-0`Sept. 14 at Riverheads L, 55-12Sept. 21 Roanoke Catholic W, 20-6Sept. 28 at Auburn W, 41-18Oct. 5 Craig County W, 30-22Oct. 12 at Bath County L, 20-14Oct. 19 at James River L, 14-13Nov. 2 Covington L, 29-22
THREE RIVERS DISTRICT
AUBURN
Aug. 24 at Craig County L, 41-6Aug. 31 Covington L, 43-8Sept. 7 East Hardy, W.Va. L, 55-36Sept. 14 at James River L, 54-0Sept. 28 Parry McCluer L, 41-18Oct. 5 at Giles L, 62-0Oct. 12 Radford L, 49-0Oct. 19 at Eastern Montgomery L, 36-16Oct. 26 Glenvar L, 63-0Nov. 2 at Floyd County L, 61-14
EASTERN MONTGOMERY
Aug. 24 at Bath County L, 13-6Aug. 31 Narrows W, 36-6Sept. 7 Galax L, 56-12Sept. 14 at Covington L, 34-22Sept. 21 at Bland County W, 27-21Oct. 5 at Radford L, 57-0Oct. 12 Floyd County L, 55-0Oct. 19 Auburn W, 36-16Oct. 26 at Giles L, 35-0Nov. 2 Glenvar L, 63-7
FLOYD COUNTY
Aug. 24 at Christiansburg L, 49-0Aug. 31 Galax L, 37-21Sept. 7 Patrick County W, 62-0Sept. 14 at George Wythe L, 31-19Sept. 21 at Fort Chiswell L, 30-12Oct. 5 Glenvar L, 35-18Oct. 12 at Eastern Montgomery W, 55-0Oct. 19 Giles L, 44-6Oct. 26 at Radford L, 13-10Nov. 2 Auburn W, 61-14
GILES
Aug. 24 at Blacksburg W, 10-0Aug. 31 Christiansburg L, 20-10Sept. 7 at Covington W, 42-12Sept. 14 at Narrows W, 49-12Sept. 21 Tazewell W, 56-7Oct. 5 Auburn W, 62-0Oct. 12 at Glenvar W, 41-28Oct. 19 at Floyd County W, 44-6Oct. 26 Eastern Montgomery W, 35-0Nov. 2 Radford W, 21-17
GLENVAR
Aug. 24 at Galax L, 17-14Aug. 31 James River W, 41-15Sept. 7 James Monroe, W.Va. W, 35-13Sept. 21 Covington W, 41-10Sept. 28 at William Byrd L, 42-21Oct. 5 at Floyd County W, 35-18Oct. 12 Giles L, 41-28Oct. 19 Radford L, 21-14Oct. 26 at Auburn W, 63-0Nov. 2 at Eastern Montgomery W, 63-6
RADFORD
Aug. 24 at Pulaski County W, 13-12Sept. 7 George Wythe L, 10-7Sept. 14 Galax L, 43-0Sept. 21 Virginia High W, 23-20Sept. 28 at Patrick County W, 38-13Oct. 5 Eastern Montgomery W, 57-0Oct. 12 at Auburn W, 49-0Oct. 19 at Glenvar W, 21-14Oct. 26 Floyd County W, 13-10Nov. 2 at Giles L, 21-17
OLD DOMINION
NORTH CROSS
Aug. 24 at Charlotte Latin, N.C. L, 23-0Sept. 1 Virginia Episcopal W, 34-0Sept. 8 Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot L, 20-6Sept. 15 vs. Christchurch, at St. Anne’s DNPSept. 22 at Blue Ridge W, 41-21Sept. 29 Hargrave Military W, 42-13Oct. 5 at St. Anne’s-Beleld DNPOct. 13 at Atlantic Shores Christian W, 41-7Oct. 27 Covenant DNPNov. 2 at Norfolk Christian W, 34-27
INDEPENDENT
ROANOKE CATHOLIC
Sept. 1 at Fredericksburg Christian L, 42-0Sept. 7 at Brunswick Academy W, 31-13Sept. 14 Craig County W, 19-0Sept. 21 at Parry McCluer L, 20-6Sept. 28 Fishburne Military W, 17-7Oct. 12 Quantico W, 44-22Oct. 19 Fuqua W, 46-38Oct. 26 at Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot L, 49-22Nov. 2 at Kenston Forest DNP
 
WESTERN VALLEY
1. Franklin County2. Patrick Henry3. George Washington4. William Fleming5. Halifax County
BLUE RIDGE
1. Northside2. Rockbridge County3. William Byrd4. Staunton River5. Lord Botetourt6. Alleghany
PIEDMONT
1. Magna Vista2. Bassett3. Martinsville4. Tunstall5. Patrick County
RIVER RIDGE
1. Salem2. Pulaski County3. Hidden Valley4. Christiansburg5. Cave Spring6. Blacksburg
SEMINOLE
1. Brookville2. Amherst County3. Heritage4. Liberty5. Jefferson Forest6. E.C. Glass7. Rustburg
SOUTHWEST
1. Richlands2. Marion3. Carroll County4. Abingdon5. Tazewell
HOGOHEEGEE
1. George Wythe2. Rural Retreat3. Chilhowie4. Holston5. PH-Glade Spring6. Northwood
MOUNTAIN EMPIRE
1. Grayson County2. Fort Chiswell3. Galax4. Graham5. Narrows6. Bland County
PIONEER
1. James River2. Covington3. Parry McCluer4. Bath County5. Craig County
THREE RIVERS
1. Giles2. Radford3. Floyd County4. Glenvar5. Eastern Montgomery6. Auburn
OLD DOMINION
1. Christchurch2. St. Anne’s-Beleld3. Blue Ridge4. Virginia Episcopal5. North Cross6. Covenant
ROBERT ANDERSON’S 2011WEEKLY PREDICTIONS
Regular-season: 243-40 .859Playoffs: 31-12 .721Overall: 274-52 .840
Team capsules compiled by:
Robert Anderson, Ray Cox, CaseyRichey, Chuck Altizer
Cover illustration:
Kyle Green
Design:
Mark Shaver,Howard Wimmer
Photos:
The Roanoke Times
Sports editor:
Steve Hemphill 
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THE ROANOKE TIMESTHURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012
2012 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
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THE ROANOKE TIMESTHURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012
2012 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
 
Photo illustration by KYLE GREEN | The Roanoke Times
Patrick Henry High School quarterback David Prince was a wide receiver as a sophomore until former PH coach Brad Bradley made him the starting quarterback in the sixth game of the 2010 season.
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lan Fiddler’s birthday fallson Christmas.Poor guy. Twice the hol-idays, half the presents.Who’s sorry now?When Fiddler became the headfootball coach at Patrick HenryHigh School in 2011, he found a nicegift-wrapped package at the cornerof Grandin and Brandon.Other first-year coaches havedone worse than opening a box anddiscovering an athlete like DavidPrince.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Prince is atrack star with enough speed to land afootball scholarship from Virginia Tech.He has started the last 15 games at quarter-back for Patrick Henry and will be runningthe offense again in 2012.However, what makes Prince specialare the intangibles: leadership, work ethic,being a solid citizen.“I inherited a good guy,” Fiddler said.“He’s a Division I athlete. I’ll take thatevery day of the week.“Great athletes come and go, but whenyou’ve got a kid who does things the rightway it makes it enjoyable.”Of course, football will be a lot more funfor the Patriots this year if they do some-thing no PH team has accomplished since2000 — advance to the Northwest Regionplayoffs.Last year the table was set for thePatriots to unseat Franklin County as theWestern Valley District champion, but theEagles came to Roanoke and hammeredPH 34-0.Prince threw as many interceptions (2)against Franklin County as he had passcompletions. He ran 11 times for 11 yards,then carried the heavy burden of defeathome on his narrow shoulders.Nearly a year later, the pain remains.“It doesn’t feel good,” Prince said. “Idon’t like thinking about it. I don’t like talk-ing about it much. It’s definitely a motiva-tor though.”Patrick Henry finished 7-3 in 2011 andlost all three of its close games.Included was 16-14 home loss to 2010Group AAA Division 6 state championBattlefield. Prince was directing a poten-tial game-winning drive when he made abad read on a third-down option play andtook the Patriots out of field goal range.“I should have kept it and I pitched itautomatically,” Prince said. “I do take alittle bit of blame for that. As a team, wekind of folded in big games.“Personally, that was my first big gameof my career. I’d never been in a tight gamelike that, when we have the ball drivingdown the field with under a minute leftin the game. It was my job to lead us andI didn’t.”When the city of Roanoke celebratedthe start of its the school year last weekwith an Olympics-style ceremony, Princewas selected to carry the torch for PatrickHenry.No surprise there.“He works hard. He’s a leader,” Fiddlersaid. “Even though he’s already the schol-arship offer and he’s one of the best playersin the area, he still works every day to tryto get better.“A lot of kids out there that want to beDivision I football players need to look atDavid and the way he’s handled himself.”Fiddler, who was the head coach atNCAA Division II Glenville State (W.Va.)and is a former college quarterback,worked closely with Prince on his passingskills this spring and summer.“We changed some of his mechanics,”Fiddler said. “When he was so young andhe wasn’t strong enough, he would dropthat back hip and bend that back knee. Hewas kind of shot-putting the ball. His pass-ing has really improved. It’s showing up onthe field in practice and all spring.“The games that we struggled in, we gotbeat up front. That made it tough. I don’tthink we had as many weapons as we havethis year.”Prince was a wide receiver as a sopho-more until former PH coach Brad Bradleymade him the starting quarterback in thesixth game of the 2010 season at Chris-tiansburg.The Blue Demons, ranked No. 1 inGroup AA at the time, smashed the Patri-ots 40-6.“I ran the ball over 20 times and I took abeating,” Prince said. “That was my wake-up call.”He answered it by rushing for 214 yardsand passing for 106 in a 30-7 WVD win atGeorge Washington.Prince, who barely weighed 150 poundsas a 10th-grader, did not run from theadversity.“I always wanted to be there, at quarter-back,” he said. “Most of the older guys —Ryan Revia, Mike Clark, Devontae Casey,Zach Cochran, Brandon Terry — they keptencouraging me.”Now it’s his turn.“If you put your head down, the wholeteam will,” Prince said. “Especially theyoung guys, they’re following you. I wasthere one day. They look up to you. Theywant to be like you one day.”Prince had his heroes as a youngster,but they all wore the blue and gold of Wil-liam Fleming, where his grandfather, Sher-ley Stuart, was once the Colonels’ headfootball coach.Former Fleming football stars MijuanCurtis and Dere Hicks were Prince’s idols.“I didn’t really know too many guysfrom PH,” Prince said.Curtis and Hicks also were track andfield standouts, catching Prince’s eye atan early age. “I knew track before I knewfootball,” Prince said. “When I was 5, 6, 7years old I was running around with mygranddad and we went to track meets. He’dpick me up after school and I’d go practicewith Fleming.”The Patrick Henry senior figured hewould follow in Fleming footsteps. Thatwas until his mother moved to the otherside of town.“I sat out two years of football becausewe had moved from Northwest over tohere,” Prince said. “I was all Fleming backthen. My mom told me she’s not transport-ing me to Northwest anymore because itwas too much on gas.“I kind of figured the only way for meto play football was to play for PH. My sev-enth-grade year I came out here. Nothingbut love.”In June, Prince finished third in theGroup AAA track and field meet withone of the top long jumps in Timesland inmany years — 24 feet,
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-inch.If Prince envisioned himself as a col-lege athlete, it would have been in track,not football, even two years ago when hebecame a starting quarterback.“I was just running around playing highschool football,” he said. “Even last yearwhen I got that offer from Tech. I was outof the zone. I wasn’t even thinking thatwould come that early in the season.“I always told myself, ‘Maybe I’ll get a‘D-one-double-A’ offer by my senior year.’I never thought of myself to be like that.”Virginia Tech recruited Prince as a slotreceiver or split end. PH occasionally sentPrince wide last year.“He has a lot of potential because he’sjust so fast,” Fiddler said. “He can fly. Hecan get to top-end speed really quick. Hecatches the ball well. We played him atreceiver in 7-on-7 this spring. He did well.Really, he was dominant.“He’s one of the faster guys I’ve beenaround, high school or college.”Prince has been the quarterback of the only two PH teams to post a winningrecord since 2000. The Patriots were 6-4in 2010 under Bradley, who left after hissecond season to take the job at Group AAmelia County.Bradley left Amelia after one seasonand is now at Heritage High in Lynchburg.Prince said he was crushed when Brad-ley left PH.“I wasn’t feeling too well,” Prince said.“Everybody didn’t know what to do.“A lot of people had their heads downbecause he was so good at forming rela-tionships with the players. A lot of upcom-ing seniors were saying, ‘Nobody wants toplay. Third head coach in four years. We’regoing to start over scratch again.’ ”Enter Fiddler.“It was really exciting to find out CoachFiddler was coming here,” Prince said.“Coach Fiddler knows the game of foot-ball. He teaches the game. Everybody likeshim.”Prince said he is considering graduat-ing early from PH and entering Tech in January, but he sounds hesitant.“I doubt I will because of track,” he said.“I feel like I have a chance to compete forthe state title this year.”Prince might play football and run trackat Tech, just like a former Tech two-waystar who shares his first name — DavidWilson.Initially, that might be too much of agood thing. Like getting double the pres-ents on Christmas.“David Wilson was a national champi-on in the triple jump,” Prince said. “Therewasn’t much doubt he would run track. Iwant to do what I’m going there for first,which is to get my books. After that, it’sfootball.”
SpeedyPrinceleads byexample
 The Patrick Henry quarterback grew from anundersized wide receiverinto a Virginia Tech recruit.
By Robert Anderson
robert.anderson@roanoke.com981-3123
STEPHANIE KLEIN-DAVIS | The Roanoke Times
Patrick Henry High School seniorquarterback David Prince scrimmagesrecently against Rustburg.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012THE ROANOKE TIMES
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012THE ROANOKE TIMES
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2012 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

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