First, I would like to apologize for hijacking that thread about Richlands new coach. Okay superstar said: “If I'm living in past your accepting mediocre as okay. We once went to 4 state title games in in like 6 years and won 3. Going undefeated in the weakest conference in 1a or 2a doesn't impress me. Losing to Jacksonville and Northside on a yearly bases does not impress me. SWO better start remembering the past because losing to just okay Northeastern is not exactly what I call SWO like! When did it become cool to say we lost in eastern finals?” As great as Coach Padgett’s career was, that run featured a great group of athletes and started with his second Eastern Finals as a coach in 1999 in his 12TH SEASON!! His first 5 seasons were in the weakest 1A conference in the state, the Coastal Plains 1A. Were you calling Stallion Football mediocre then? Coach Padgett learned his trade over the first 11 years and took us to the State Championship game in 1999, with a big help from a great line led by high school All American Charlie Dempsey. After losing in 1999, Coach Padgett led us back in 2000 to win it all!!! Then he led us to 3 more State Titles as Coach before retiring as the greatest coach in Onslow County history. All I’m saying is, the past ain’t gonna win us any games now and Coach Dempsey has our future in good hands. What if y’all would have run off Coach Padgett after 5 seasons? Am I satisfied with losing two 2A Eastern Finals in a row? Hell no!!!! Just like I wasn’t satisfied with 1st round losses in the 1A playoffs in 1988 and 1991, or second round losses in the 1A playoffs in 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1995. I’m so glad we stuck with Phil Padgett as our coach and supported him and every one of those teams that wore black and orange at Southwest High School. Superstar, give it a try nowadays.