Five years ago, Carrboro High School first opened its doors and simultaneously christened its first football team, limping to a 2-20 record during its first two painful opening seasons.
Now, in just their sixth season of operation, the Jaguars are playing for a state championship.
“Coming here my freshman year I could say we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into,” said senior running back Douglas Parrish. “We knew the program was struggling the first couple years and we wanted to come in and make a difference.”
Saturday night, Parrish and the rest of the resilient Jaguars (15-0) will take the field at N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium looking to stay unbeaten and compete for the 2AA state title game against South Iredell High (13-2).
“It’s a tribute to the character of the kids in this community,” coach Jason Tudryn said. “A lot of times, Carrboro, wherever you go in the state, is kind of a punch line and these guys have kind of gone across and really changed that vision.”