Storm reflects on tough loss, great season
Southern Guilford’s loss Friday night against two-time defending state champion and undefeated Northern Guilford may have come at no surprise to most people, but to senior running back Malik Moseley, it was sheer disappointment.
Playing in the last high school football game of his career, Moseley was expecting a better performance than the 49-14 rout handed down by Northern Guilford.
“It seemed they wanted it more than us,” He said.
Moseley’s performance Friday night against the Nighthawks didn’t seem to be a reflection of the type of season he had. He was held under 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. The Storm’s offense, which relies heavily on the run game with Moseley and sophomore Reggie Gallaspy, was turned back from moving the ball, gaining only 132 yards from scrimmage.
Moseley and Gallaspy rushed for more than 2,000 and 1,500 yards, respectively, this season.
Despite the loss, head coach Darryl Brown was able to keep an overall positive attitude.
“We had a great year, one of the best this program has ever had and we can’t overlook that.” Brown said.
The Storm finished with an 11-2 overall record after advancing to the third round of the NCHSAA playoffs for the first time since 1971. Southern won the Mid-Piedmont Conference title with an undefeated record of 5-0. The backfield combination of Moseley and Gallaspy was key to much of the team’s success, but was held at bay by the Nighthawks.
“[Moseley] ran as hard as he ever has. Credit to them they were able to get stops on him. They were impressive.” Brown said.
Moseley will finish his career with the Storm as one of the most decorated running backs in school history. He is Southern’s all-time leading rusher, single-season leading rusher, and record holder for most touchdowns in a season. Moseley has not committed to play collegiate football next season, despite his interest in pursuing the next level.
“He’s outstanding. He’ll go down as one of the best athletes ever to come through Southern Guilford. But we should credit all of our 22 outstanding seniors. This is a group of guys that really bought in to our program and sacrificed a lot to be a member of this football team,” Brown said.
Southern will lose a significant chunk of the team’s talent to graduation in Moseley, quarterback Camden Ball, wide receiver/defensive back Lawrence Harrison and linebacker Stevon Davis.
Gallaspy, only a sophomore, will return next season as the presumed No. 1 running back.
“I’m proud of all 45 guys. They should all be proud.” Brown said.