• HISTORY OF WARRIOR FOOTBALL
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    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 44-38 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 44-38 win.  In the 1-AA Championship, the Warriors 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 Warriors.  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.  The 2014 season could be viewed as a surprising twin of the 2013 State Finalist season.  After opening the season with a 2-1 non-conference slate, the Warriors ran the table in the YVC conference for their second straight conference championship.  This is the first time that a Warrior team won back-to-back conference championships since 1983-84 when James Garmon's teams won four straight.

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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

    12-2; 8-0 YVC (1st)

    Nick Eddins

    Lost 3rd Round

    2015

    12-1; 8-0 YVC (1st)

    Nick Eddins

    Lost 2nd Round

    2016

    15-1; 8-0 YVC (1st)

    Nick Eddins

    State Finalist

    TOTAL

    409-235-6; 243-106-3

     

     

     
    *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

    71-15 (.826%)

    42-4 (.913%)

    TOTAL

     

    409-235-6

    243-106-3


     RECORDS VS CURRENT YVC OPPONENTS

    OPPONENT

    RECORD

    FIRST GAME

    FIRST WIN

    LAST LOSS

    East Montgomery

    41-16

    1961 (12-6 W)

    1961 (12-6)

    2004 (55-20)$

    North Moore

    34-4

    1965 (13-0 W)

    1965 (13-0)

    1971 (20-13)&

    Chatham Central

    32-1

    1968 (26-12 W)

    1968 (26-12)

    2008 (forfeit)

    South Stanly

    14-5

    1969 (20-14 L*)

    1970 (14-0)

    2012 (35-24)

    Albemarle

    12-15

    1985 (10-0 W)

    1985 (10-0)

    2012 (27-10)

    North Stanly

    12-3

    1993 (22-12 L)

    1994 (34-28)

    2004 (30-7)

    South Davidson

    20-3#

    2005 (49-17)

    2005 (49-17)

    2008 (forfeit)

    Union Academy

    4-0

    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.

Last Modified on January 3, 2017