TEACHEY, NC (WECT) - The season didn’t start as planned for the Wallace-Rose Hill High School football team.
After going 2-2 to start the season, the Bulldogs have righted the ship and travel to Southwest Onslow to face the Stallions on Friday in the third round of the 2A state playoffs.
“To start the season, we weren’t playing Wallace-Rose Hill football,” said Bulldogs senior quarterback Michael Basden. “Then we came back after (Hurricane Florence) and got things going. Then we started playing the way we should have all season.”
Through the adversity of the hurricane, the team grew closer.
“This is all you got sometimes,” said Basden. “After going through all we have been through, this is the only thing that has been consistent for us.”
“It was, ‘How are we going to get to practice?’” Bulldogs head coach Kevin Motsinger added. “’How are we going to get home?’ Carrying food out of here because it was a distribution center.”
During storm recovery, players and coaches rallied around each other and past experience.
“It makes us prepare harder,” said Basden. “We have played in games like this before.”
Southwest Onslow Wallace-Rose-Hill in Week 2 and Motsinger said the Stallions’ size is a concern. “They are enormous,” the coach said. “They are bigger than (Appalachian) State when I was at App State.”