Football edition: Carson Cougars to watch
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Last season: 3-8 overall, missed playoffs
2-3 North Piedmont Conference (4th place)
Coach: Joe Pinyan (6th year at Carson, 26-33), (16th year overall, 126-69)
Returning starters: 14. Returning lettermen: 21
Cougars to Watch:
Robert Barringer — Junior OL (6-0, 190) is a high-energy guy who plays all the way to the whistle.
Jerry Cipres — Senior RB (5-9, 180) topped 100 rushing yards in win against North Iredell in 2017 and had more than 100 on opening night this season.
Hunter Courtney — Junior RB (5-11, 175) had 283 rushing yards in first seven games before suffering broken leg.
A.J. Jackson — Rangy junior WR (6-3, 190) figures to be Carson’s top pass-catching threat.
Nick Klein — Senior OL (6-1, 275) brings beef and experience to the center position and will be an all-county candidate.
Josh McCurry — Senior LB (5-10, 165) is following in footsteps of two brothers who were standout linebackers for Carson.
CP Pyle — Sophomore RB (5-6, 150) was a jayvee standout and boosts Carson’s team speed. If everyone stays healthy, running back will be a real strength.
Justin Smith — Senior QB (6-3, 185) has size and is athletic. Carson won’t throw much, but he’s capable of making big plays in the passing game.
Jacob Taylor —Senior SPUR (6-2, 191) has added pounds and is a good candidate to be Carson’s leading tackler.
Teolyn Woodruff —Senior DL (6-3, 230) is tough and explosive and might pile up sacks for the Cougars. He had four on opening night.