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Erwin's Sexton gets to work for East-West game in Greensboro

Erwin coach tabbed for top post at East-West All-Stars

10:58 PM, Jul. 12, 2012 EDT

Erwin football coach Mike Sexton received an NCHSAA 'Eight Who Make a Difference' award in May. / SPECIAL TO THE CITIZEN-TIMES


Most of Western North Carolina's football coaches have all the stress they can handle with preparing one team in the coming days.

Erwin's Mike Sexton has been carrying around a double-sized workload since he was named a head coach for the East-West All-Star game a year ago.

Sexton reported to Greensboro on Wednesday, a full week before the game between North Carolina seniors.

Practice began Thursday for a West roster that includes Colt Austin (Erwin), Taylor McCurry (Enka), Austin Rice (Mountain Heritage) and Michael Styles (Mitchell).

"I'm thrilled and honored to be able to coach in this," Sexton said. "It's already been a great experience. The kids all seem eager to be here, and I'm working with some great coaches. I don't expect anything but positive things from this."

Sexton and the Warriors have won the second-most games of any Buncombe County football program (19) in the past two years. Last season's team matched the best start in school history (7-0).

And with the return of 17 starters and five All-Mountain Athletic Conference selections, Erwin will be one of the favorites for the MAC 3-A championship this season.

Sexton also served this past school year as the president of the N.C. Football Coaches Association. He received an NCHSAA "Eight Who Make a Difference" award in May.

"We're extremely proud of coach Sexton," Warriors athletic director David Ball said.

"The leadership that he has brought to our program has just been tremendous. Coaching in the East-West game is a great honor for him and Erwin High School. We know we're lucky to have someone like coach Sexton."

Players received invitations for the East-West game in March.

They will have multiple days of two-a-day practices leading up to Wednesday's 8 p.m. kickoff at Greensboro Grimsley.

"I'm anxious to get a look at all the players and see how we picked," Sexton said.

"It really is neat to be around so many talented players and to talk to other coaches and see how they do things."

The East-West games take place each July in Greensboro, and, along with football, this year's all-star games are scheduled for Monday (boys and girls basketball) and Tuesday (boys and girls soccer). The games coincide with clinics put on by the N.C. Coaches Association.




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