Gallagher: No Disney World for Young

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 14, 2009

Hey, Scott Young, where are you going later today after you leave Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh?
That question may have been directed toward the West Rowan coach after the Falcons secured its second straight 3A state championship Saturday, beating Eastern Alamance 28-21.
But the answer was not Disney World.
Instead, he and his coaches went back to their world.
“We washed uniforms and cleaned the locker room,” Young said of a very un-glamorous Saturday night.
Young laughed but he really had no time to celebrate. The coach and two of his star players, K.P. Parks and Chris Smith, had to be in the car by 7 a.m. Sunday to head down to Spartanburg, S.C., for the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl festivities.
The game is next Saturday.
They visited the Children’s hospital on Sunday.
“We got to meet the kids who are getting treatment,” Young said. “It really puts everything into perspective.”
Starting today, the Shrine Bowl team will go through two-a-day practices and there are activities planned throughout the week.

One of Young’s assistants, Joe Nixon, celebrates his first wedding anniversary this week. If you remember, her married Hillary Hampton following last year’s state championship game.
I doubt he felt as much stress this time as last season.

Just when you think West’s 30-game win streak is impressive, you see what Reidsville has done. The Rams mashed Newton-Conover in the 2AA final for its 48th straight victory.
It’s no wonder coaches call Reidsville the Green Bay Packers of high school football.

South Rowan football coach Jason Rollins would have rather been on the field but Saturday wasn’t all bad.
His alma mater, South Point, won the 3AA championship, making his hometown of Belmont quite happy.

It’s time to get football out of our system as the the county starts thinking about basketball full-time.
There are four games on Tuesday with West Rowan’s boys playing their “opener” at Statesville and comes home to face A.L. Brown on Wednesday.
Other Tuesday games have East Rowan at Davie, West Iredell at South Rowan and Carson at North Iredell.
On Friday, North Rowan, which is undefeated in the Yadkin Valley Conference, gets its first league test by going to West Montgomery.
The first “real” county battle of the year pits East Rowan visiting Carson. North Iredell comes to South and West goes to West Iredell.

Hard to believe, but I thought I read that the Salisbury girls won in overtime last week. We’re so used to 80-20 scores, it was shocking.

You know it’s basketball season when Howard Platt and his sidekick, The Coach, Bob Parker are on the air at WSTP 1490 AM. The dynamic duo starts Wednesday night at West and then will call East and Carson boys Friday.