2023 STANLY COUNTY FOOTBALL PREVIEW: West Stanly has high expectations for senior class

Published 4:50 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2023

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Brett Morton enters his seventh season as the head coach of the Colts with a 27-30 overall record.

Last season, West started 3-0 but lost the last seven games of the season, including a 24-21 loss to the Comets which cost the Colts the Stanly Cup.

Graduates from last season’s team included the team’s top two running backs, Matthew Parker and Shane Mecimore, quarterback Carson Morton, and the team’s top three in receiving yards including Parker, J.T Barbee and Sawyer Gibbs. Defensively, two of the team’s top tacklers, Kreed Osborne and Jesse Boone, also graduated.

The Colts are one of four 2A teams playing in the 2A/3A Rocky River Conference and will compete with Monroe, Anson and Forest Hills for the automatic playoff bid. Piedmont and Parkwood will vie for the 3A bid.

1) With back to back three-win seasons, what are the biggest challenges moving forward towards increasing West’s win total this year?

The challenges are the same year in and year out. It boils down to winning all the games we should win, winning the 50/50 games on our schedule and putting ourselves in the best position possible at the end of the season to do something good post season wise.

2) Who are the returning starters on whom the team will rely the most?

It may be conventional to start naming names here, but I want to say that this group of seniors as a whole are all important. Pretty much all of them are returning to their starting positions from last year and I have high expectations of all of them.
They are a tight knit group and I can truly say they are a great group to coach.

3) Who are the promising newcomers on the team who will make an immediate impact?

There are several guys coming up from JV that will have an immediate impact and couple transfers that will help out in big ways as well.

4) What are the goals for this season and how will West go about to achieve those goals?

Win the rivalry games, win all the games we are supposed to win, win the 50/50 games, finish in the top of the conference and move on in the playoffs.

We will focus each week on what we have to continuously do to improve. We will do everything we can to play to our strengths.

5) What are the goals you have for your players beyond wins and losses?

My goals for any player I coach is always the same. I am far more concerned with what kind of person they become than what kind of player they are.

When they graduate and go to school or go to work I want them to be great sons, future husbands and fathers. If you take a look around our country and the craziness, we need solid young men who become involved in their communities and are positive contributors to society.

Those are my goals, I want them to take the values they learn from being part of a team and sacrificing for each other and work hard and apply them to their everyday world to become great people.

West Stanly Roster

# Name Ht. Wt.
1 Caleb Bumgarner 6-0 163
2 Roman Huneycutt 6-1 181
3 Darrell Bynum 5-6 133
4 Brsyson Schadt 5-6 123
5 Ben Mecimore 6-2 194
6 RJ Kieth 5-9 185
7 Phoenix Hendy 5-8 146
8 Maverick Scott 5-9 154
9 Jacob Starnes 6-0 195
10 Rene Salazar 5-9 180
11 Jahmere Blyden 5-8 148
12 Kolby Kiker 5-6 137
13 Gavyn Efird 6-2 180
14 Jett Thomas 5-10 189
15 Jordan Hunt 5-9 156
20 Malachi Williams 5-7 120
21 Judson Yow 5-8 180
22 Ean Helms 6-0 156
24 Breyden Lambert 5-10 193
25 Kaleb Cullingford 5-10 164
33 Owen Grismer 5-11 251
34 Alex Yarbrough 5-9 188
44 Sawyer Elwood 5-9 160
45 Nathan Snellings 6-0 192
50 Irineo Garcia 5-11 274
51 Colby Bowers 6-2 264
54 Jaxon Tucker 6-1 192
55 Jackson Griffin 5-10 176
64 Tallon Yow 6-0 271
65 Aidan Marshall 5-8 192
70 Jonathan Austin 5-11 258
71 Mason Hill 6-1 227
77 Cooper Hudson 6-1 283
79 Jayden Lee 6-1 281
88 Austin Eudy 6-6 200

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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