West Montgomery High School

HISTORY OF WARRIOR FOOTBALL
2007   champions
1961 Warriors  
1961 Warriors (first team)
2013 Warriors
2013 Warriors (current team)

 
 

On September 1, 1961, West Montgomery played its first Varsity football contest against Piedmont High School at the old Troy High School under the direction of Fred Brady. Combining the 8-man football team from Mt. Gilead and the 11-man team from Troy, the Warriors ushered in a new era in Montgomery County. The first interscholastic football game played by the two schools resulted in a 25-0 victory for the Warriors. Co-captain B.W. Holt scored the first Touchdown in Warrior history, and later became the school's Head Coach in 2001.  A few weeks later, the Warriors defeated their cross-county rivals, East Montgomery, 12-6 in the inaugural edition of the rivalry. The Eagles would win five of the first seven games against West Montgomery, but the Warriors are 34-10 since their 34-20 win in 1968. 

BW Holt  
Captain of the first West Montgomery Football Team, B.W. Holt 

In 1968, James Garmon took over as Head Coach of the Warrior football program that was 14-47-1 since their win over Piedmont in 1961. During the 1970 season, Eddie Poole set a then school record for 20 touchdowns in a season.  In 1975, the Warriors finished the regular season 9-1 and advanced to the state playoffs on a 6-game winning streak. After road victories over West Davidson (15-9), Charlotte Catholic (13-0), and Sun Valley (33-7), the Warriors advanced to the first state championship game in school history. The Warriors lost to Roanoke High School, 13-9, in the Class AA State Championship Game played at Robesonville. The 1975 Warriors are second in the school’s record books for wins in a season with 12. Between 1975 and 1984 the Warriors won 57 of 59 conference games and won nine conference championships.  After a 35-0 loss to Union Pines in 1974, the Warriors won 28 straight conference games that ended with a 17-14 loss to Jordan-Matthews in 1979. The 1988 season was highlighted by Tyrone Horne's 1,382 yards and 16 TDs, which ended when Horne broke his foot in a 19-0 win over East Montgomery.  Horne currently coaches high school football in Idaho after playing 13 seasons of minor league baseball (in which he hit for a home run cycle in 1998).  Over the next 22 seasons under the direction of Garmon, the Warriors would go 189-50-5 and win 12 conference championships.  Garmon's only losing season was his 22nd, and final, season in 1989 when the Warriors went 5-6.  The football stadium at West Montgomery High School has been named in his honor.

Coach Garmon
Former Warrior Coaching Legend, James Garmon

In the years following Garmon’s departure, the Warriors struggled to continue the remarkable consistency that was West Montgomery’s trademark under their legendary coach. Ted Harman took over at West Montgomery following the retirement of Garmon. In 1992, the Warriors won the Central Tar Heel Conference with a perfect 5-0 record after wins over Northwood, Graham, Southwestern Randolph, Union Pines, and Jordan-Matthews. The 1992 team is the last West Montgomery football team to win a conference championship until the 2013 team. In 1998, Charlie Haire was hired to replace Ted Harman.  Haire went 24-20 in his four seasons at West.  Following the 2000 season, Haire accepted the head coaching job at West Wilkes.  The low period of Warrior football program occurred between 2001 and 2004 when the Warriors were a combined 8-38 during the coaching tenures of B.W. Holt (2001-2002) and Mark Perry (2003-2004). After the first four games of the 2004 season, Mark Perry resigned and Elbert Thomas was named interim head coach for the final seven games.  He was named Head Coach for the 2005 season.

The Elbert Thomas Era at West Montgomery saw the Warriors post a 38-18 record over his four years at the school. After finishing 10-4 his first season at West Montgomery and advancing to the 3rd round of the state playoffs, a year after the team went 1-10 under Mark Perry, the Warriors set their sights on larger goals. That larger goal was getting the Warriors to the next level and competing for a state championship. The 2007 Warrior football team set a school record for wins in a season with 13 as they finished 13-3 and made the school’s 2nd appearance in a State Championship game. After wins over Murphy (54-21), Hendersonville (41-7), and Jordan-Matthews (27-7), the Warriors matched up with Albemarle in the Western Region Finals. The Warriors, behind the hard running of Vince Jordan and Sean Little, rallied from a 7-6 halftime deficit to knock-off the Bulldogs and advance to Chapel Hill to battle James Kenan. On December 8, 2007, the Warriors made their second appearance ever in a state title game when they battled James Kenan at UNC’s Kenan Memorial Stadium. After the Tigers tackled Vince Jordan in the end zone for a 2-0 lead, the game settled into a defensive battle. Trailing 5-0 late in the 3rd quarter, Quarterback John Hurley connected on a 25-yard TD pass to give the Warriors a 6-5 lead. However, with 6:37 left in the 4th quarter the Tigers took the lead for good and a controversial penalty on Hurley late in the game eliminated a comeback opportunity and the Warriors once again finished second with a 12-7 loss. Senior Vince Jordan was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player for his performance in the game, later that year Jordan represented North Carolina in the annual Shrine Bowl.  Coach Thomas left West Montgomery after the 2008 season and former Georgia Southern Assistant John Pate was hired in June of 2009.

 Vince Jordan  Jaquil Capel  Elbert Thomas  eddins
L to R: Vince Jordan, Jaquil Capel, Elbert Thomas (former coach), and Nick Eddins (current coach)
 
Pate guided the Warriors for two seasons; compiling a 18-10 record and a berth in the Western Regional finals in 2009. In the winter of 2011, Pate took the head coaching job at Hamline University in Minnesota. On April 13, 2011, Nick Eddins was hired as the 11th head coach in West Montgomery history. Prior to West, Eddins played collegiate ball at East Carolina and was an assistant coach at Richmond County, where he coached the Tight Ends and Running Backs on their 2008 state championship team. Bringing an up-tempo, option offense to West Montgomery, and riding the talents of three-year starting Quarterback Jaquil Capel, the Warriors advanced to the Western Regional Finals in 2011. In four years at West Montgomery, Capel set new school records in almost every statistical category.  His 113 total touchdowns and 8,615 of total offense ranks 1st in school history.  After exciting victories over North Rowan (45-6), Central Academy (56-21), and Monroe (49-28), the Warriors traveled to Swain County for the Regional Finals. In the 3rd round contest at Monroe, Capel had 415 yards rushing and 6 TDs, as well as 98 yards passing and a TD.  His 415 yards versus Monroe ranks 16th in NCHSAA state history for most yards in a single game. In the Western Regional Finals,  Capel’s heroics gave the Warriors a 35-34 lead, a late field goal allowed the eventual state champion Maroon Devils to pull off the 37-35 win. One year later, the Warriors again ignited their playoff magic at North Rowan. As time expired, Caleb Drake hit Brad Absher for the winning touchdown pass in their 34-28 win over the Cavaliers.  The 2013 football team began the season with high expectations, and lived up to most of them.  The 2013 Warriors captured the school's first conference championship since 1992 with a perfect 8-0 record in the YVC, including a 55-14 win at Albemarle which snapped the Bulldogs' 39-game YVC winning streak.  Entering the 1-AA playoffs as the #1 seed in the Western Region, the Warrios cruised past North Moore, North Stanly, and East Surry.  In the Regional Final, the Warriors hosted the same team who eliminated them in the 2011 Regional Final, Swain County.  After leading most of the game, a high snap forced West to punt leading 44-28 with a little under 3:00 to play.  Swain advanced to the ball to the Warrior 12-yard line with 0:08 left, but a Kerry Drake sack sealed the 44-28 win.  In the 1-AA Championship, the Warrior faced off against a familiar foe, James Kenan.  Just like 2007, the Tigers got the best of the Warriors to win the State Title.  Senior Caleb Drake was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player, and Senior AJ Collins was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the Warrior.  The 2013 team established school records with 13 consecutive wins, 14 overall wins, most points scored, most points per game, and most rushing yards.  Caleb Drake was also named the YVC Player of the Year.

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YEAR-BY-YEAR RESULTS (1961-2014)

YEAR

OVERALL RECORD; CONF. RECORD (FINISH)

COACH

POSTSEASON

1961

6-4

Fred Brady

None

1962

2-7-1; 1-2-1 CTH (4th)

Fred Brady

None

1963

1-9; 0-3 CTH (5th)

Ivey Bolton

None

1964

2-8; 0-4 CTH (5th)

Ivey Bolton

None

1965

3-7; 2-6 CTH (6TH)

Ed Routh

None

1966

3-7; 2-6 CTH (7th)

Ed Routh

None

1967

3-7; 1-6 CTH (7th)

Ed Routh

None

1968

7-2-1; 6-2-1 CTH (3rd)

James Garmon

None

1969

9-1-1; 7-0-1 CTH (1st)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1970

9-1; 7-1 CTH (2nd)

James Garmon

None

1971

7-3; 5-3 CTH (4TH)

James Garmon

None

1972

8-2; 5-1 CTH (2nd)

James Garmon

None

1973

9-3; 6-0 CTH (1st)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1974

8-2; 5-1 CTH (2nd)

James Garmon

None

1975

12-2; 6-0 CTH (1st)

James Garmon

State Finalist

1976

8-2-1; 6-0 CTH (1st)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1977

10-1; 7-0 CTH (1st)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1978

10-2; 6-0 CTH (1st)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1979

9-1; 4-1 CTH (2nd)

James Garmon

None

1980

8-3; 5-0 CTH (1st)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1981

10-2; 6-0 CTH (1ST)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1982

9-2-1; 5-1 CTH (1st)

James Garmon

Lost 2nd Round

1983

10-1; 6-0 CTH (1st)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1984

8-2-1; 6-0 CTH (1st)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1985

7-4; 6-2 CTH 1A/2A (T-3rd)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1986

7-3; 5-3 CTH 1A/2A (4th)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1987

7-4; 6-2 CTH 1A/2A (2nd)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1988

10-1; 8-0 CTH 1A/2A (1st)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1989

5-6; 4-1 CTH 1A/2A (2nd)

James Garmon

Lost 1st Round

1990

10-2; 5-0 CTH 2A (1st)

Ted Harman

Lost 2nd Round

1991

8-4; 4-1 CTH 2A (2nd)

Ted Harman

Lost 2nd Round

1992

8-3; 5-0 CTH 2A (1st)

Ted Harman

Lost 1st Round

1993

5-5; 4-3 YVC (T-2nd)

Ted Harman

None

1994

7-4; 4-3 YVC (4th)

Ted Harman

None

1995

7-4; 4-3 YVC (4th)

Ted Harman

None

1996

6-5; 3-4 YVC (4th)

Ted Harman

None

1997

6-5; 3-2 CTH (3rd)

Charlie Haire

None

1998

6-6; 3-2 CTH (3rd)

Charlie Haire

Lost 1st Round

1999

6-5; 3-2 CTH (3rd)

Charlie Haire

None

2000

6-4; 3-2 CTH (3rd)

Charlie Haire

None

2001

2-9; 1-5 RRC (6th)

B.W. Holt

None

2002

5-8; 2-4 RRC (5th)

B.W. Holt

Lost 2nd Round

2003

0-11; 0-6 RRC (7th)

Mark Perry

None

2004

1-10; 0-6 RRC (7th)

Mark Perry*

None

2005

10-4; 5-1 YVC (2nd)

Elbert Thomas

Lost 3rd Round

2006

7-6; 4-2 YVC (3rd)

Elbert Thomas

Lost 2nd Round

2007

13-3; 5-1 YVC (2nd)

Elbert Thomas

State Finalist

2008

0-13; 0-6 YVC (7th)^

Elbert Thomas

Lost 2nd Round

2009

11-4; 6-1 YVC (2nd)

John Pate

Lost Western Finals

2010

7-6; 4-3 YVC (T-3rd)

John Pate

Lost 2nd Round

2011

11-3; 6-1 YVC (2nd)

Nick Eddins

Lost Western Finals

2012

7-6; 4-3 YVC (4th)

Nick Eddins

Lost 2nd Round

2013

14-2; 8-0 YVC (1st)

Nick Eddins

State Finalist

2014

3-1; 1-0 YVC

Nick Eddins


TOTAL

373-232-6; 220-106-3

 

 

 
*Mark Perry resigned after four games in 2004; Elbert Thomas took over as interim coach for final seven games
^Forced to forfeit eight games in 2008; was 8-5 and 4-2 in YVC
 Conference Abbreviations: CTH-Central Tar Heel; RRC-Rocky River Conference; YVC-Yadkin Valley Conference

All-Time Coaches Records

COACH

YEARS

OVERALL RECORD

CONF. RECORD

Fred Brady

1961-1962

8-11-1 (.421%)

1-2-1 (.333%)

Ivey Bolton

1963-1964

3-17 (.150%)

0-7 (.000%)

Ed Routh

1965-1967

9-21 (.300%)

5-18 (.217%)

James Garmon

1968-1989

187-50-5 (.775%)

127-18-2 (.864%)

Ted Harman

1990-1996

51-27 (.654%)

29-14 (.674%)

Charlie Haire

1997-2000

24-20 (.545%)

12-8 (.600%)

B.W. Holt

2001-2002

7-17 (.291%)

3-9 (.250)

Mark Perry

2003-2004

1-14 (.006%)

0-6 (.000%)

Elbert Thomas

2004-2008

30-33 (.476%)

14-16 (.466%)

John Pate

2009-2010

18-10 (.642%)

10-4 (.714%)

Nick Eddins

2011-present

36-12 (.750%)

20-4 (.833%)

TOTAL

 

374-232-6

221-106-3


 RECORDS VS CURRENT YVC OPPONENTS

OPPONENT

RECORD

FIRST GAME

FIRST WIN

LAST LOSS

East Montgomery

37-16

1961 (12-6 W)

1961 (12-6)

2004 (55-20)$

North Moore

32-4

1965 (13-0 W)

1965 (13-0)

1971 (20-13)&

Chatham Central

30-1

1968 (26-12 W)

1968 (26-12)

2008 (forfeit)

South Stanly

11-5

1969 (20-14 L*)

1970 (14-0)

2012 (35-24)

Albemarle

9-15

1985 (10-0 W)

1985 (10-0)

2012 (27-10)

North Stanly

9-3

1993 (22-12 L)

1994 (34-28)

2004 (30-7)

South Davidson

18-3#

2005 (49-17)

2005 (49-17)

2008 (forfeit)

Union Academy

1-0

2013 (56-23)

2013 (56-23)

N/A

*-State Playoffs

&-West Montgomery forfeited wins over North Moore in 2008 and 2010. 1971 is the last time North Moore beat West Montgomery on the field.

$-West Montgomery forfeited win over East Montgomery in 2008.  2004 is the last time East Montgomery beat West Montgomery on the field.

#-West is 10-2 versus Denton High School.  8-1 versus South Davidson High School, with only loss being a forfeit in 2008. 

 NOTE: Chatham Central and South Davidson have never beaten West Montgomery on the field.

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