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Parkland Mustangs will look to use momentum from wins in non-conference games to carry over into tough 4A Central Piedmont conference games.
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Senior wide receiver Daryl Williams is also expected
to make an impact this season for the Mustangs. Last sea
son, Williams was a threat on both defense and offense.
At quarterback. Parkland will look to Reynolds trans
fer Cortez Barber. When asked about Barber, Samek
seemed very impressed with Barber's pocket presence and
his arm strength.
"Barber, our transfer from Reynolds, will make an
impact at quarterback for us. He's a big, tall, skinny kid
and he can throw it a mile," Samek said.
Shaheed Baker, Louis Silva, Julian Monell and
Kerrick Brown are also expected to make an impact for
the Mustangs this season.
"This is the first year we won't have to bring up JV
players who are talented," said Samek. "We finally have
the numbers on the varsity team that we need to compete
Samek expects to have close to 100 ball players,
between the varsity and junior varsity teams.
When asked about which game he is most looking for
ward to, Samek said although he's sure the majority his
players are looking forward to renewing the cross-town
rivalry with Carver, he is most looking forward to opening
night against Northeast Guilford.
"That first game is very important," Samek said. "If
we do well in that game, I think that is going to spring
board us into a lot of good things."
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the Winston-Salem Chronicle
Security will be tighter at
Bowman Gray Stadium
during this year's foot
with a focus on providing a safe environment and enjoy
able fan experience.
Restricted bag policy for Bowman Gray stadium
Purpose: As one measure to provide a safe environ
ment and to expedite entry into the Bowman Gray
Stadium during events hosted by Winston-Salem State
University Department of Athletics, a set of guidelines
and restrictions on items that can be carried into the sta
dium has been developed.
Prohibited items: In order to ensure the safety and
security of spectators, student-athletes, and staff, the fol
lowing items are prohibited inside the stadium arena:
* Artificial noise makers
* Backpacks or oversized bags (see below)
?Coolers or containers
'"Explosives, firearms, or weapons of any kind
?Outside food or beverages
?Pets (except service animals)
Bag Size Restrictions and Search: Bags that exceed
12 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches dimensions in size are
restricted. Size test containers will be at each entry gate.
Visual searches will be performed on all bags that fall
within the size restriction.
Backpacks as described below are restricted:
Backpack - a container designed to hold a
bulky/heavy load and be worn on the back, typically
characterized by wide shoulder straps, multiple zippers
and pockets, and most often constructed of sturdy mate
rial such as thick nylon, canvas, or leather. Simple draw
string bags with thin shoulder straps, and purses
designed to be wom on the back are not considered back
All prohibited items must be returned to the owner's
vehicle or discarded before entry. Any unlawful items
are subject to confiscation and the person in possession
of such items is subject to arrest.
Re-entry: There is no re-entry at Bowman Gray
Exceptions: Bag size restrictions do not apply to
credentialed event staff, student-athletes, band, media, or
visiting team staff. However, all bags entering the stadi
um arena are subject to search and will be tagged.
NOTE: Access/check points for credentialed per
sonnel with oversized bags are designated at the North
(HORNS) Lot and Service Gate entries.
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losses from last season, the average margin of defeat was
Johnson C. Smith: Former WSSU head coach Kermit
Blount returns to the CIAA after spending four seasons at
Delaware State. Blount has established himself as a win
ner in Division II (91 career victories). Even so, his expe
rience and familiarity with the conference probably won't
be enough to help the Golden Bulls surpass their 3-7
record from a year ago.
St. Augustine's: This group could end up being the X
factor The Falcons finished a game below 300 in league
play last year and appear to be ready to contend. Having a
proven ground game led by Roger Davenport (1,133 rush
ing yards and 6 touchdowns) is a major plus.
Virginia State: The Trojans have the talent and depth
to give WSSU all it can handle. Don't be surprised to see
a rematch of last year's CIA A title contest. Ray Prosise
anchors a solid defensive line. Quarterback Tarian Ayres
and receivers Kavon Bellamy and Jaivon Smallwood are
lethal on offense.
Virginia Union: The Panthers delivered big plays in all
phases of the game to go 7-3 last year. This team has made
strides. Yet, it remains to be seen if they have what it takes
to unseat Virginia State.
Bowie State: Defense sets the table, and there aren't
many teams in the league who do it better. Cornerback
Curtis Pumphrey (7 interceptions) could be the CIAA's
best solo pass defender. Still, the Bulldogs must generate
more offense to make a serious run at a division title.
Elizabeth City State: The Vikings have some all-star
caliber talent in return specialist Antonio Huff and tight
end A J. Mundle. But it's imperative that the defense deliv
ers. Otherwise, it could be a frustrating season.
Chowan University: Ryan Nolan has blossomed at
quarterback and Damian Ellis could emerge as one of the
league's better receivers. The defense, though, must
Lincoln University: Coming off a 1-9 season, there's
nowhere to go but up. New coach Herb Pickens has raised
the bar as it relates to expectations and performance.