Sunday, May 15, 2011

Wall-to-Wall High School Football on Today's NHSCA Sports Hour

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour

I've lined-up an interesting show today centered on high school football that will range from the NFL Draft to how schools can raise money to help their communities.

Rick Bray, head football coach at Colton High School, will join me to talk about his school's distinction of having the most players drafted by the NFL last month.  Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith was taken in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens; USC running back Allen Bradford went to Tampa Bay in the sixth round; and USC safety Shareece Wright was selected in the third round by San Diego.

In the past six years, only De La Salle (Concord, CA) and Long Beach Poly (California) in 2006, and St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) in 2010 have had three players selected in one NFL draft.

Making a return visit to the show will be Noel Dean, head football coach at Lowell High School in Michigan.  Dean is the man with the idea that started the Pink Arrow Pride game three years ago that has raised nearly a million dollars for members of the community that are dealing with cancer at different levels.

Trish Hoffman and I visited Lowell last September with our High School Football America cameras to witness an incredible outpouring of love and dedication to this cause, which sees the football team turn from the traditional Red Arrows into the Pink Arrows with pink jerseys to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.  They've raised so much money that they've been able to bring a Gilda's Club to Lowell.

Today, Coach Dean will talk about a seminar that the Pink Arrow Pride organizers will give at the school on Friday.  The seminar will teach others schools from around Michigan how to "play for a cause".

My third guest will be Ron Massey, who has retired as the head football coach at A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, North Carolina.  Massey will talk about how his school was able to attract Mike Newsome to be its new head coach.  Newsome left Butler High earlier this week after winning back-to-back state championships.

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