WALLACE, NC (WECT) - There is no doubt about it - the Bulldogs of Wallace-Rose Hill High School know how to win football games. The team is continuing their winning ways this season - undefeated after eight games.
But good teams need good coaches and the school has been fortunate to have them, three of which have reached a record when it comes to winning.
Jack Holley concluded his coaching career with 412 victories, including 178 of them at Wallace-Rose Hill. And Thell Overman led his teams at Wallace to 228 wins. Now, add current Bulldogs coach Joey Price to the list of 200 games victories, winning number 201 Friday night against Midway High School.
"A lot of players and a lot of coaches have helped get 200,d wins," Price said. "The head coach gets too much credit sometimes and too much blame sometimes, but that goes with the territory, 200 wins, a lot of football games and a lot of good memories at two outstanding schools."
Now in his sixth season at Wallace-Rose Hill, Price has a record with the Bulldogs of 70-12, and has led the team to two state championships (2009 & 2010), plus advancing to the East 1-A finals in 2011 and again last year.
Before taking over the program at Wallace-Rose Hill, Price coached at South Columbus High School, with one 2-A state championship and advanced to another.
Price says his mentor was former Bulldogs coach Jack Holley. Both he and Holley have been able to bring out the best in the players on the team, year after year.
"You know we have had a few D-1 athletes along the way and there have been some great players," Price said. "But most of the time, in high school, most of the kids that contribute the most, maybe not that D-1 athlete, maybe not that all-star athlete, but the kid who will just get down there and put his nose to the grindstone everyday and just work."
Price says he wants to continue to coach for many years to come, but says he hopes his legacy will be he helped his players become better people, as husbands and fathers, and as community and church leaders, and how to continue to be a winner.
Coach Price says his team is hoping to win their conference championship again this year, but the Bulldogs still face three tough regular season matchups, against East Bladen, Pender and Clinton High Schools.