Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Will Garinger win this season?

It's a question I am getting often these days, including at the tail end of Friday's "High School Gametime Show" on WCNC, Channel 36.

"Can Garinger win this season?"

We all know Garinger hasn't won since 2002. No team needs to win more.

Friday, Garinger lost its 54th straight football game on the field Friday to Charlotte Catholic. The Wildcats (2-5) picked up two forfeits two weeks ago, but have two shots at that first legimate win since 2002: at Olym
- pic (1-8) Friday and against Waddell (1-7) in two weeks.

But Garinger hasn’t always struggled. In the early '70s, Dwight Clark was the 'Cats quarterback and he went on to make "The Catch" against Dallas in the 1982 NFC Championship Game.

From 1959-66, Garinger played in four state championship games, a rather Independence-like streak.

The Wildcats beat Greensboro 20-6 to win the 1959 N.C. 4A state title.

So there's some good history to lean on. And to answer the question -- will Garinger win this year? -- I can only say, "I think they have a chance."

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Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a 1984 Garinger graduate, I can tell you from experience that Garinger has a long history of losing and will probably lose for a long time to come, unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

Where are all of the alum? Why can't Dwight Clark step up to the plate and organize a fundraiser? It is a disgrace. The players are working hard. We played Garinger this year and I have to say the parents were supportive. They brought as many, if not more, than East Meck.

Anonymous said...

Call Me an Hater, who cares

Elizabeth Wilson said...

I am a proud mother of a Garinger Football player. Yes, it is hard going to every single game and seeing the disappointment in these boys eyes...they really are giving it all and they have improved since the beginning of the season. They want to win as bad as we all want them to win. We need more support from parents and alumni. Of course, a win, just 1 win, would be terrific. I give these boys much props for the drive and desire to play that they have for their team/school and for sticking with it even with a losing streak.
GO WILDCATS!! YOU CAN AND WILL DO IT!!

Anonymous said...

Sadly,GHS has had a long history of such streaks. The problems that plauge the school effect it's sports teams.

One thing to note is that GHS also has a reputation for showing heart and excellent sportsmanship despite the streaks.

Anonymous said...

I'm a current student at Garinger, and I can honestly tell you all many of them don't show heart. Example when they played C. Catholic I remember quite a few players saying "Man, we're going to get blown out" and other related things. I also know quite a few players who have skipped practice and said "I'll just take my punishment later." Also if the players wouldn't spend so much time arguing they may form more of a family bond. You should see the way that they go at it and pick on each other in class about nothing.

Anonymous said...

Look at NC A&T.

Anonymous said...

I play for the garinger football team and i gurantee it that we will winn... most of the comments are true and everything.. During this summer we will form a family bond and we also have new players coming in to provide a spark. i love the team and the players and the coaches... my numbers last year were 33 , 50 , and 52. i played DT,DE,LB,TE, and OL. Check out the Garinger Wildcats because you will see us not about losing but about winning!! this is ya boy sam...

Minnesotatimb said...

This is shocking to me!!! ... I live in Minneapolis but graduated from Garinger in 1995 and back then Garinger pretty good. In fact I do recall that in the late 1980's Garinger's track and basketball team's had a string of championships..... And there were quite a few major Div I prospects (Dale Rainey, Dave Adair, Larry Latta, Reggie Pitts, Sammy Smith.... to name a few)..... Come on Garinger!!! Bring that Wildcat pride back!!!!)

Anonymous said...

me i think we have a big chance being real big this year i play for Garinger wildcats and i love it. We didn't play with heart most games but we had a long diffrent summer i'm a freshman and i started fullback and the only hispanic that played in the whole team but being on the team is difficult. It's hard cause alot of people bring us down but we still play. We going to win this year this maximo and you will hear bout me.

BBoyd said...

This is hillarious!....... Are they Wildcats or Mildcats :)

I graduated from West Charlotte in 1990 (yep... GO WC Lions Baby!!!).... I also played football and ran track.... Let's just face it. it's all about "Legacy"..... And, Dwight Clark, in my opinion, was an "okay" athlete (at best) for his time..... But could not come close to competing with the athletes of today....

Minnesota Timb..... Yes, I agree with you.... Garinger did have Major College Division prospects.... But they were mainly in track (not football)!!!..... Dale Rainey and Dave Adair did not make it in college (both dropped out)........ And, I believe that Larry Latta and Reggie Pitts both went on to play at The University of North Carolina (but neither one was much of a factor in football..... only in track!!!)

It's always been about Independence and West Charlotte (for years)....... And, it always will be!!!

B. Boyd.....

Anonymous said...

Wow I'm just reading through these comments and it makes me kind of angry, people that graduated from other schools are lurking and talking crap..?

I know one of players who has the heart to play and loves the sport even if they don't win he still wants to do his best. I feel bad that I haven't been to a lot of games but I so wished I could have been there to see the boys break the streak.

I'm a Jr this year at the best school on GHS campus and I <3 my Wildcats! :)