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doesn't reflect on the caliber of coach he is.
"Sometimes you have to do your research, and when I
did it was obvious he has a lot of experience coaching bas
ketball and he has the patience, attitude and the ability to
make sure things are going in the right direction," Hargett
said of Phillips. "He was one of the guys that came to me
and said if you need anything, just let me know. This is
his first year here and I'm very happy and excited I have
an experienced coach to work with these young ladies."
With Phillips stepping in so late in the preseason, he
had little time to work with his athletes. Prep is in rebuild
ing mode this season, returning only one player, senior
Ashya Smith, from last year's championship team.
Phillips will have a tough task of replacing the seven sen
iors Prep lost to graduation.
Haigett said he approached Phillips with the proposi
tion of taking the job and Phillips told him he would take
a day to think it over. After contemplating the decision,
Phillips decided to take the position. Phillips says he
knows it will take some time to get things in order but
looks forward to the challenge at hand.
"I'm always exited to coach but with two days before
the first day of practice and not having any relationship
with any of the players, I was a little hesitant in that
regard," Phillips said. "I'm excited for me and the girls.
They have a lot to leam but that's the fun part of the
"We have four girls who have never played any organ
ized basketball. We just want to get in shape and get better
because of the coaching situation, they were not able to
get in a single fall workout before the season, so they are
behind the eight ball."
"We are going to try and get into shape and implement
some things leading into the Christmas break. I want to be
a whole different team after Christmas break, and right
there is when I'm going to set goals as far as winning and
For Phillips he says a successful season for him would
be for the girls on the team to learn to love the game, get
better every day and to develop a good work ethic. He
says there are a couple of girls with all conference talent
and a few that have the potential to be really good players
so he is excited for what the future holds for his team
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Both the Hawks and the Phoenix fight for the ball
at the net during their game.
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when they needed to," Bunch said. "We have great sev
enth- and eighth-graders, so the younger guys are learning
fundamentals from the eighth-graders and they are a good
group of boys. They enjoy each other, they enjoy the
game and they just work well with each other."
I The frontline of Kernersville Middle wait for th^VaffiTfut
set up a return in its game against Prep.
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Kidd found Kyle Ward from 23
yards out, to give the Pioneers a
Late in the quarter, Rod
Tinsley would find Quincy
laekson down the middle of the
Field for a 49 yard touchdown
pass, to tie the game at 14-14.
The second quarter would be
all Pioneers, as LIU Post would
score 21 straight points to blow
the game open. Malik Pierre
would score twice, from 2 yards
and 5 yards out, and Jeff Kidd
would find James Higgins for a
35 yard touchdown catch to put
LIU Post up 34-14.
As time would run out in the
Fust half, WSSU's Will Johnson,
would connect on a 29 yard field
goal, to cut into the LIU Post
The WSSU Rams came out in
the third quarter and immediately
drove the ball down the field, and
capped an 11 play, 80 yard drive
with a Kerrion Moore four yard
run, to pull within 10 points at
But LIU was not ready to give
in, and answered the Rams with
two straight scores to open up a
commanding 48-24 lead heading
into the fourth quarter.
With 11:23 left to play in the
.ontest, Kern on Moore crossed
the goal line once again on a two
yard ran, and Will Johnson would
connect on a 28 yard field goal
with 6:32 left to play to pull the
Rams within 14 at 48-34.
. - WSSU would line up for the
kickoff, and attempted their first
onside kick of the season, and it
would be successful, as Quincy
Jackson would pounce on the
loose football after the pooch
kick, to give the Rams the ball,
and keep their hopes alive.
Two plays later. Rod Tmsley
would find an open Canard
Brown down the middle of the
field for a 22 yard touchdown to
pull the Rams to within seven
points, at 48-41, with 5:49 left to
But unfortunately for the
WSSU Rams and their faithful
followers, they would not get the
ball back, as ^ie Pioneers would
convert on four first downs and
run out the clock, giving the
Rams a heartbreaking 48-41 loss.
For WSSU, the Rams were
led in rushing by Kerrion Moore,
who topped the 1 jOOO yard maker
on the day by rushing 25 times
for 148 yards and two touch
downs. Rod Tinsley added five
carries for 29 yards and Xavier
Quick rushed three times for
Rod Tinsley went 17 of 33
passing for 278 yards, with two
touchdown passes and two inter
cpetions. Tinsley had a long
throw of 49 yards on the after
Quincy Jackson led the Rams
receivers with four catches for 98
yards and one touchdown, while
Will Walton also had four catches
for 79 yards. Reggie Wilkins fin
ished with three receptions for 41
yards and Canard Brown had
three catches for 35 yards and one
touchdown. Demeeko Jones also
had three catches for 25 yards.
* Will Johnson punted four
times for a 37-yard average, with
one touchback and one inside of
the 20 yard line. Johnson also
connected on two of two field
goals on the day.
Defensively, Jayron Rankin
led the Rams with 11 tackles, one
sack,one tackle for a loss and one
interception that he returned 35
yards for a score. Xavier Gregory
added nine tackles, including one
sack, one tackle for a loss and one
pass breakup, while Cameron
Sullivan also finished with nine
tackles. Josh Martin finished with
eight tackles, and PJ Clyburn
added seven tackles and 0.5 tack
le for a loss. Kyrell Williamson
added six tackles and Tyrell
Flemming finished with five
tackles and one blocked kick.
Photo provided by WSSU Athletics
University and Long
Island Post Pioneers
players gather at the line
of scrimmage on
Saturday, Nov. 19.