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Gallagher column: Notes 'n' Quotes

Notes ‘n’ quotes …
The hundred or so Carson kids were bunched together on a hill by the football field two hours before kickoff, listening to a local rock band. I turned to David Hord and asked, “Are they going to play any beach music?”
We both laughed.
We both still have record albums. I doubt those kids do.
As I celebrate another birthday today, I realize I’m facing the music more than listening to it. I’m old.
Has that kid over there … yeah, the one with gray, orange and yellow hair … ever heard of a record album?
Not that I didn’t enjoy the music blaring out of the speakers. I did. I just couldn’t understand a word the lead singer was yelling, er, I mean, singing. But it had a good beat and it was easy to dance to.
That’s a reference to American Bandstand, young people.
Wonder if that kid with the green, spiked hair has ever heard of Dick Clark?

That’s what Homecoming has become. We used to build and ride floats. Now they bring in the headbangers for part of the pregame activities.
It was a lively atmopshere to say the least. The Goodyear Blimp even flew over.
At halftime, the Homecoming Court marched out in front of the home bleachers and the students flooded the track to take photos and congratulate the winner.
But all the hoopla means nothing if you don’t win Homecoming. Carson did, blasting North Iredell 41-7.
And watching kids walk off a football field with big smiles on their faces after a Friday night football game is something that never gets old.

While Carson people walked off with wide grins, their neighbor, South Rowan, was walking off with a look of confusion.
The lights went off at West Iredell in the second quarter and the Raiders were forced to finish their win on Saturday.
Amazingly, Carson went through the same thing in Week 1 against Hickory Ridge. They had to finish on Saturday due to lightning.
And the two teams play each other on Friday at South.

Want volleyball?
It’s time to get excited as the North Piedmont Conference begins its tournament today at the higher seeds.
On Tuesday, the dual team tennis playoffs begin. Salisbury is again a favorite to win the state title.
On Wednesday, the NPC cross country championships will be held at Dan Nicholas Park.
The football teams play on Friday, but East Rowan-West Rowan and Carson-South Rowan square off on Wednesday in soccer.

After jayvee football on Thursday, a much-anticipated matchup between unbeaten West and 7-1 East gets under way in Granite Quarry. Expect the biggest crowd of the season.
The one thing West coach Scott Young has to know is this: For the Falcons to score, they must have the ball.
And East coach Brian Hinwould love his team to gain about 31/2 yards every single play, get first down after first down, and run that clock.
It’s worked in seven of eight games. So stay tuned.
North Rowan should get back on the winning track against Chatham Central and Salisbury goes to Lexington for what is always a shootout.

But on Saturday, ah, my favorite sport returns.
Pfeiffer’s basketball team travels to Duke for one of those NCAA powerhouses vs. Division II matchups.
In these parts, just knowing basketball on Tobacco Road is beginning is enough to put a smile on anybody’s face, young or old.

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