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    Speed could be a big weapon for Clayton

    There is both new and old this fall in the land of the Comets. Clayton will debut a new offense this season, switching to the spread after decades as a ground and pound machine. But the Comets, coming off of a 7-5 season in their first season under Randy Pinkowski, should still feature a potent ...

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    The unknowns have disappeared

    With the unknowns that come along with a new conference alignment gone, the Two Rivers 3A Conference is likely to feature a tightly packed six-pack of teams this fall. “We’re in a situation now where we’ve got a lot of familiarity and close ties with the county schools: Cleveland...

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    Another jumbled race ahead in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference

    The Greater Neuse River 4A Conference looks more like the conference of old than it resembles the 2013 season as the 2014 campaign begins. That’s mainly because defending champion Knightdale is in full transition mode and perennial power Garner appears to be poised to make a return to its...

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    Corinth Holders returns bulk of its passing attack for 2014

    Corinth Holders broke through last season with its best won-loss output in school history. The Pirates started the season 6-1 and remained in the Two Rivers 3A Conference championship hunt until late October. But losses in four of the Pirates’ last five games made for a less than promising...

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    Rams have pieces in place

    Cleveland hasn’t known anything other than success in its short football history. The Rams have won 31 games in their short three-year varsity history and posted a .667 winning percentage (6-of-9) in the playoffs. Numbers appear to be on the reigning Two Rivers 3A Conference champions’...

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    Clemson recruit Sterling Johnson likes the brotherhood the Cleveland Rams are developing

    Cleveland High School senior Sterling Johnson is one of the most nationally highly touted defensive linemen in the Class of 2015. He has verbally committed to Clemson University so his fall will be a little less hectic than other top college prospects that have yet to announce their college choices...

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    Prep sports season begins Monday

    The fall sports season for high schools gets its usual early start this week with volleyball, boys soccer and girls tennis events all on the schedule for Monday. Girls golf kicks off on Tuesday.

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    Sports Notes

    The Pineville Race Series Trifecta series of three 5K races will begin on Aug. 30 with the Flowers Plantation Labor Day 5K race to benefit the Corinth Holders High School cross country team. The fee is $15 for early registration and $20 after Aug. 20. There will be a one-mile fun run for kids at...

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    Teams debut a whole new spread

    Two longstanding football programs — Clayton High and Smithfield-Selma High, both with grand traditions of running the football, have both found the same key to their offensive futures — the spread offense.

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    Sports Briefs: Football scrimmages continue this week

    Scrimmages are the final step in preparation for the official start of high school football season on Aug. 22 and area teams will wrap up their scrimmage slates over the next few days.

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