HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — Monday marked the first day high school football teams could scrimmage other schools before the upcoming season. We went to the scrimmage in Hampstead in order to check out the Topsail Pirates and head coach Wayne Inman. Topsail hosted the East Columbus Gators. Rocky Lewis is the new head coach at East Columbus.
In 2013 East Columbus finished with a 5-8 record. We caught up with both head coaches after the scrimmage. “We have a lot of work to do in a short period of time,” East Columbus coach Rocky Lewis said. “It’s good to be out here, but the weather has not been helpful. We’re glad to be able to go against another team. We’ve seen some positives, but there’s a whole lot of work that we need to get done before our first game against West Columbus.”
Topsail finished with a 4-8 overall mark in 2013. “Right now we are well ahead of where we were last year,” noted Topsail coach Wayne Imman. “Don’t get me wrong, we still have a long ways to go, but we’re so far ahead of last year that it’s not even funny. We’re pleased with what we’ve seen. We’re pleased with the effort from the kids. We’ve had to work around the weather though. You know I think it’s rained here everyday since August 1.”
Topsail will host their own jamboree on Friday night at their stadium in Hampstead. It’ll start at 6pm. Richlands High and Dixon High will be both compete in the jamboree along with Topsail.