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Thursday, August 17, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 11 2017 FOOTBALL SCHEDULES FOR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS & COLLEGES 2DMW0817M© Aug. 18 South Hampton Aug. 25 at Arendell Parrott Academy Sept. 8 at St. David's Sept. 15 Northeast Academy Sept. 22 Hobgood Academy Sept. 29 at Lawrence Academy Oct. 6 at Pungo Christian Academy Oct. 13 Bethel Christian Academy Oct. 20 Halifax Academy October 27 at Community Christian WAYNE CHRISTIAN 2017 Football Schedule 110 Parkway Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534 Goldsboro@ncwc.edu - 919-988-9271 ncwc.edu/BelieveNow Bannister Fine Gifts Custom Wood Products Birdhouses • Door Decor • Anchors and lots more! 106 W. Railroad St., LaGrange, NC 252.582.3500 cell 252.521.1527 NORTH LENOIR 2017 Football Schedule Aug. 18 at Bunn Aug. 25 at Farmville Central Sept. 1 Southern Vance Sept. 8 at Southern Wayne Sept. 15 Lakewood Sept. 22 West Craven Sept. 29 at Washington Oct. 6 at Greene Central Oct. 20 Ayden-Grifton Oct. 27 South Lenoir Nov. 3 at Kinston SOUTHERNWAYNEHIGHSCHOOL• VARSITYFOOTBALL News-Argus file photo Southern Wayne head coach Ronnie McClary Jr., left, hasn't had too much time to reflect on his historical moment in program history. He's too busy trying to change the culture in Dudley. By JUSTIN HAYES jhayes@newsargus.com DUDLEY —Last August,with the high school football season squarely in the middle of the hype vortex created by the end of area mini-camps and the regular-season opener,Southern Wayne tabbed a new leader to guide its football pro- gram. The newsflash —that then-head coach David Lee would cede the torch to assistant Ronnie McClary, Jr.— was succinct,swift and largely quiet. In other words,lost in a bit of translation. It's not that anyone ignored the importance of the hire,or purposely elected not to celebrate its meaning. After all,McClary Jr.,taken up by practice plans,scrimmage schedul- ing and 14-hour days,had to be reminded himself — that he,at age 31,was the first African-American head coach in the program's history. "I didn't know it until one of our assistant coaches,coach Ricky Lofton… he graduated in the 70s, and knew the history of the pro- gram,"McClary Jr.said last week. "He came to me,and entered with me —and that's something I'm proud of." An accomplished interior lineman who prepped at Goldsboro High and played collegiately at Elizabeth City State University,McClary Jr. immediately set about two tasks — one,identifying elements of the winning culture he wanted to rebuild,and two,allowing himself to properly weigh the moment's gravity. So amid the windsprint nature surrounding his hire and with a McClary Jr.:Moment not lost ■Goldsboro High alum is first-ever African American head football coach in Southern Wayne football his- tory. See MOMENT,Page 21

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