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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - October 10, 1974, High Point, North Carolina In High Point Enterprise thursday october to 1974 and big game is coming up Friday at Denton the whole town is talking football by Carol Wilson Enterprise sports writer Denton a take a Small Friendly Community liberally add Many years of losing football teams then Sprinkle lightly with a winning team with playoff chances and you have the ingredients for a Story As american As Apple pie taxes and politicians. Its All happening in Denton where for the first time since nearly anybody can remember the red raiders Are genuine contenders for the playoffs by virtue of their 4-1-1 record and five game string of shutouts. If Denton can defeat Stoneville right Here in Denton Friday night the team will have earned a state playoff berth. This frankly surprising Success has a whole town talking. Mention the raiders on the streets of Denton and you get an instant Grin. Many attribute the clubs Succes to coach Ned Craver who came to Denton fresh out of College Only a year ago. Yet in that two year Span Craver has managed to do something where others have failed a bring a Winner to Denton. Nearly All the people of Denton have a common reaction enthusiasm excitement and. Well let a few of them Tell you in their own words Randy Cook Denton graduate �?T70 now working at Klopman Mills a i done to think anybody had any Confidence in Denton. I played there and my senior year we went 0-10. Of course we a played in a bigger conference then but in a glad to see the boys winning now. They re a Good team. I still think everybody a a Little sceptical a they think its Luck. But you done to shut out people on Luck. I feel like from Here win All the rest of Mem. The Best year we be had so far was 6-4 under coach Thacker in �?T66. Then a lot of Guys would rather drive their car around the Block than play football. Some fathers would buy kids cars so they play football. There s More interest now. A a Donald Morris Denton mayor a everybody a pretty Well Happy with How the teams done. I think they re getting Good support from the town. People Are really surprised. You hear a lot of talk around town about the team now. People Are just thrilled to death to have a winning team. Its been a Long slow pull. A a a Jerry Bates chiropractor a the patients i have in this area Are always talking about the Denton red raiders these Days. We re no longer a Doormat and that a Nice. Judging from the people i saw going to the Oak Ridge game we had quite a crowd and that a unusual for an away game. The Way things used to be you come into the cafe on Donald Morris saturday mornings and people would be saying a i wonder How bad we got beat last of course there Are a goodly number of people who have followed the red raiders for years. They have some very Loyal and dedicated fans. In previous years everyone would Start out going to the games. They go to the first one and there a be a big crowd. Then when Denton started losing the crowds would drop off. Mrs. Gladys Spencer Denton librarian a we re quite Happy with How the team has done. We be been accustomed to being on the losing end. We used to have a winning Ball club years ago a Denton was on the top of the county in everything. These last few years though we be been on the losing end. My husband and i have supported the Ball club since 1945. For a while there it was just the few faithful that came out every week. Now then we re drawing bigger crowds and getting More publicity. A jabber Lanier former baseball player a i think we be got one of the Best teams in a Long Long time. In a not saying they re going to go All the Way we be got one of our hardest games with Stoneville Friday night. But this is the Best team since Paul Pryor coached. Of course he a gone on to be a major league Umpire. That group of boys now Well they re a Good clean Bunch and they play Well especially Mark Smith and Joe Don Henderson. They re All Fine athletes. Our crowds have been real Randy Cook by Good a better than we be had in a Long time. Of course i belong to the boosters club and we re real enthused with their Success. In Bob Carroll county commissioner a i think the whole town is proud of this team. The boys have worked hard and in a glad to see its paying off for those who be worked for two or three years. I hear a lot of Young people talking about the team and More older people Are interested than have been in a Long time. I think we re playing More in our league now but then this is a real Good team. I think win it against Stoneville. They have a Good defensive team As Well As an offensive team which is what i like. Everybody around Here talks about How Good the defense is. # a Bill Hill automobile dealer a i think the whole thing is great in be been supporting the team my whole life and its really Good to see them winning. I think they re playing better defense now. A some people Are surprised. Other people Are thrilled to death to have a winning a Donald Morris Denton mayor of Hugh Smith the whole town is very enthusiastic a just generally pleased to have a Good team. Most of the local people Are particularly Happy with the team As a whole a there re a few stars but the town is proud of the whole team. Its a big change from supporting losing teams All the time. You a have to go talk to some of the old timers to remember winning teams. This is the first winning Denton football team in be supported. And we re pretty optimistic about the Stoneville game. In Theresa Wallace Denton senior a everybody around Here is really thrilled with what a going on. Everybody at school has been saying a this is Denton a we re really Happy but at first no one could really believe it. One girl who graduated last year has been saying the seniors must have held them Back then because its the same team this year and we lost last year with the same players just about. A a a Hugh Smith Gas station operator a the whole town is Happy about this. A lot More people have been going to Home games and out of town games. We had two buses to go to Oak Ridge. Everyone stalking about having the Best team Ever and going All the Way. We told some of the boys in the Backfield this summer that if they a win we d buy Mem a big Steak. A James Whittington postal clerk a this is definitely one of the Best records they be had in a Long time and maybe the Best team. They be won four straight now and we re real proud of them. We try to go to All of the games. In be been backing Denton since i came Here 25 years ago. It feels real Good to have a Winner now. It really does feel great. I feel they can take Stoneville. With the defense that they be got this year Denton ought to be Able to go a Long Way in the state playoffs. This is the Best defense we be Ever had Here. In a real proud of our team. They be played Well and had Good coaching. Bob Carroll of course having the kids Here in Denton for All 12 years of school helps the spirit and we like it that Way. That a what the people Are saying around town. The Denton Bubble could burst Friday night but until the appointed hour the spotlight from Silver Valley to Handy Road and from Farmer to Healing Springs is shining on the red raiders. And like the fabled Man in the Moon watching All things other eyes across the state Are now keeping up with Raider Progress on the Gridiron. 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