Prep Football: West’s Young gets the call to East-West game

JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Head Coach Scott Young's Falcons are favored to win the conference.
JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Head Coach Scott Young's Falcons are favored to win the conference.

This is the sixth in a series on football practices at

area high schools.

Today: West Rowan

Tuesday: Salisbury

Wednesday: Football edition

MOUNT ULLA — First, Rick Vanhoy. Then Joe Pinyan.

Now, West Rowan’s Scott Young gets his chance as the head coach of the East-West All-Star football game next July.

It’s a big honor for Young, one of the winningest active coaches in North Carolina. He has been an assistant in the Shrine Bowl and he’s glad the North Carolina Coaches Association recognized him.

“You’re wondering when you’re going to get that call,” Young grinned. “You kinda want to do these things before you call it a career.”

He has already contacted his staff and the fun part comes later when he starts receiving film on players and calls from coaches.

Young has been to plenty of East-West games as a spectator, mainly watching Falcons. Last month, for instance, he was there to observe Logan Stoodley and Brandon Hansen play for the West.

“We’ve been fortunate to have numerous players in that game lately,” he said.

A coach can bring two of his own and Young thinks he has plenty to choose from, including defensive back Najee Tucker, offensive lineman Chris Hassard, defensive lineman Teoz Mauney and running back Daisean Reddick.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: The East-West game can wait, however. Young worked with Jywan Summers, now a cornerback, over the summer at quarterback.

“We started working with him in the offseason,” Young said. “He’s got a strong arm so we decided to look at him there.”

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has never played the position. Young said he can make a mistake, then produce a Brett Favre play on the next snap.

“He’s a great athlete and there’s not a throw he can’t make physically,” Young said. “He just has to improve his decision-making and understand the value of the football.”

Harrison Baucom is slated to be the starter. Two sophomore quarterbacks are in the wings: Kacey Otto and Lee Poteat.

B.J.’s HELPING: B.J. Sherrill, who is sitting out this season at Catawba, has been helping Summers in the preseason.

“I’m excited about him working with my young quarterbacks,” Young said. “He fell a little short in the classroom but his full intentions is to work out with the football team once they start. I’m excited Catawba is going to stick with him.”

BIG CHALLENGE: In 2012, Young had to break in several new assistants, something he hasn’t worred about very much since taking over in 1998.

“Last year was a challenge,” Young said. “Losing three assistant coaches was something we hadn’t dealt with a lot.”

Young welcomed Zack Bevilacqua, Julian Samolu and Justin McIntyre and they had to get acclimated. He returns his entire staff this season, however.

“I’m very happy about that,” Young said. “They’ve been here, done that. It shouldn’t have to take a lot of time coaching the coaches. They know the deal.”

There are plenty of the grizzled veterans on the staff, as well. Butch Browning, for instance, is in his 33rd year of coaching.

RECRUITS: West always has plenty of them.

Tucker has already committed to Charlotte and Young expects Hassard to go next.

“I hope Hassard gets an offer any day,” Young said. “He has had a real busy summer. “He and his dad kept the road hot going to camp after camp. He really looks good. I expect really good things out of him. He’s a sure-fire college football player and I think he’s a Shrine Bowl candidate.”

Zeke Blackwood, a defensive back, has caught the eye of college coaches. He’s a physical defender.

NEW TRACK: West is building a new track around the football field.

“It’s a good thing,” Young said. “The bad thing is, it’s happening right now.”

NONCONFERENCE: With West joining the nine-team Southern Piedmont 3A Conference with the Cabarrus schools, Young didn’t have to put much effort deciding who his three nonconference foes would be.

“With a nine-team league, it’s really, really simplified,” Young said. “We’re playing our biggest money-makers: Davie County, Mooresville and Salisbury.”

THE MONSTER: What was Young’s reaction to people telling him he had a down year when his team won 10 of 13 games?

“That’s the monster we have created,” Young shrugged. “It’s the monster we have to live with. We don’t shy away from high expectations.”

That’s good because the Falcons are favored to win the league in its first season.

“Last year, a lot of people looked at us to fall significantly,” he continued. “And we did. It was the first time in eight years we didn’t win a conference championship and we were out of the playoffs in the second round. But at the end of the day, we still went 10-3. I was real proud of what we did. But I’m looking forward to getting back to bigger and better things.”

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