2023 Draughn Football: Repeat Year of the Wildcats

Published | Aug 7, 2023

Last Season: 13-2, 6-0 W Highlands

Thomas Jefferson 43-0 W

Patton 46-16 W

East Burke 28-27 L

Highland Tech 62-6 W

Owen 55-12 W

Avery County 57-7 W

Mitchell 56-21 W

Rosman 63-8 W

Mountain Heritage 49-21 W

Union Academy 66-14 W NCHSAA 1A 1st Round

Mitchell 35-10 W NCHSAA 1A 2nd Round

Thomasville 19-14 W NCHSAA 1A 3rd Round

Andrews 42-21 W NCHSAA 1A 4th Round

Mount Airy 35-6 L NCHSAA 1A Regional Finals

Key Returners

Athletes of Week: Justice Cunningham, Eli Tillery, Hampton Blackwell, Nigel Dula, Connor Pinkerton, Rudy Mendoza, Shaydon Pino, Jacob Mull

Other Notables: Sterling Radabaugh, Jesus Becerra, Tristan Hines, Kelton Mitchell, Will Seagle, Connor Houston, Jack Charlet, Skylar Hudson

Notable Newcomers

Paul Miller, Talon Bradshaw, Connor Brinkley, Alex Wright, Colton Lukomski, Tavion Wilkerson, Marshall Brinkley, Ty Matthews

Coach’s Outlook

“We got to finish business”

“Our kids have a lot of intensity and are just working hard for this season”

“We got a group of great seniors, 24-10 over the last three seasons.”

“We just got to keep climbing that ladder of success, we are not going to have that mindset to be the hunted we still got some hunting to do”

“We got some great guys across the board that can step up any night”

“It can be anybody’s game in the W Highlands Conference”

“We hope to raise our RPI by playing Huss and Chase in non-conference, and be prepared for what we could face in the playoffs”

“We’re excited to see what our young guys can do”

-Chris Powell

2023 Schedule

8/18 @ Hunter Huss

8/25 Patton

9/1 East Burke

9/8 Chase

9/15 Owen

9/22 @ Avery County

9/29 @ Mitchell

10/6 Madison

10/13 Rosman

10/27 @ Mountain Heritage

Listen to the full conversation that Jason Baker and Jon Ray had with Coach Powell to preview the upcoming season


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