Carson takes step in right direction
Carson coach Joe Pinyan checked in with the Post well past midnight after a grueling Saturday.
Pinyan began Saturday with his new team scrimmaging against Monroe and Monroe Central Academy at Wingate. He finished his draining day in Charlottesville’s Va., helping his son move.
As far as Carson’s first scrimmage, Pinyan was in a pretty good mood about what he witnessed.
“We did some things good and some things not so good,” Pinyan said. “You gotta remember our kids are making the county’s biggest changes. Everyone else in the county (including Salisbury, where Pinyan coached the last 10 years) is basically going to be doing the same thing they’ve been doing. But our kids are learning a different offense and a different defense. They’re making some mistakes, but they’ve been very accepting of all the changes they’ve had to make.”
Pinyan has brought not only his wishbone offense from Salisbury, but also the defensive scheme that Salisbry employed.
“I’m a pretty simple guy,” Pinyan quipped. “I only know one offense and I only know one defense — just like I’ve only been married to one woman.”
Pinyan was very impressed by Monroe.
“Monroe is very talented, and I won’t be surprised if they make a deep playoff run,” Pinyan said. “I was in school at Appalachian with Monroe’s coach (Johnny Sowell), and there’s no doubt his bunch is really gonna be good. Still, I thought our kids hung in there and mixed it up with Monroe pretty good, and they had fun hitting someone besides each other.”
All in all, Pinyan said the Cougars took a big step forward.
“Our mistakes that we made are fixable,” he said. “It was a positive day.
Limestone has entered into a scheduling agreement with the South Atlantic Conference.
Limestone is opening its first training camp on Aug. 13 and its entire recruiting class will be redshirted.
The Saints will begin Division II football competition in 2014 and will play Wingate in their debut.
In 2015, Limestone will begin a four-year agreement to play each of the eight SAC schools that compete in football — Catawba, Wingate, Lenoir-Rhyne, Mars Hill, Brevard, Newberry, Carson-Newman and Tusculum — on an annual basis.
Limestone will host Catawba in 2015 and will travel to Catawba in 2016.
West Rowan linebacker Logan Stoodley, 2012 county defensive player of the year in the county, is part of Limestone’s first recruiting class.
North Carolina champion Wilmington is the only remaining unbeaten team in the Southeast Regional being held at Asheboro’s McCrary Park. In Saturday’s games, Rockdale, Ga., stayed alive by beating Campbellsvile, Ky., 13-4. The Kentucky champs were eliminated.
Albemarle, Va., which has lost only twice this season, beat Bessemer, Ala. 5-2. The Alabama champs were elimnated. Wilmington, which also has only two losess, beat host Randolph County 10-3.
In today’s doubleheader, Virginia plays Randolph at 4:30, while Wilmington plays the Georgia champs at 7:30.
Justus Everett, Antione Sifford, Greg Poole, Brian Boltz, the late Bill Peeler and the late Jesse Corry will be inducted into the Salisbury-Rowan Hall of Fame today.
Delmarva scored six runs in the seventh and beat Kannapolis 9-6 on Saturday.