The City of Reidsville recognized Rams head football coach Jimmy Teague, staff members, as well as players for their hard work and the distinguished achievement of winning a North Carolina high school and program record of 22 state championships Tuesday evening.
RHS won their most recent title in a 35-6 win over Mountain Heritage May 8 in the 2020 2A NCHSAA state championship game.
With Teague at the helm, the Reidsville team has won eight state crowns since the program’s first title in 1930. Former RHS head coach Hap Perry won seven and tied twice in championship games from 1930 to 1945. He was 7-1-2 in state title games over the course of his legendary career.
Teague and company are 8-2 in state championship appearances to date. Doug Robertson won another title as the Rams head coach in 2009 during his three-year stint when Teague left to become the offensive coordinator at Greensboro College before returning to Reidsville in 2012.
The coach was presented with two commemorative canvases for display for the 2020-21 state championship with images provided by local photographer and the program’s reidsvillefootball.com website administrator Shea Widerman.
After wrapping up the state championship with a 35-6 win over Mountain Heritage at UNC’s Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill May 8, the Rams don’t get much of a break with voluntary summer workouts already underway.
Reidsville will hit the gridiron for a preseason scrimmage Aug. 13 against an opponent yet to be announced, then the regular season begins Aug. 20 with a highly-anticipated home matchup against Mid-State 3A Conference powerhouse Western Alamance.
That’s a lightning-quick turnaround from RHS’ championship game to the opener, which is a little less than 13 weeks away.
Like the Rams, the Warriors are perennial postseason contenders and have been at the top of the Mid-State 3A Conference standings for the better part of the last decade.
Not only will the Rams enter a completely realigned conference with newcomers West Stokes, Walkertown, North Forsyth and High Point Andrews, but fellow county rivals Morehead and McMichael also will join the new league.
In addition, Reidsville has a very challenging out-of-conference schedule with marquee matchups against Greensboro Page at home and a road trip to another Mid-State 3A powerhouse program in Eastern Alamance in addition to longtime county foe Rockingham. All of the out-of-conference matchups this season are sure to pack the stands given the combined reputations of excellence by the Rams, Warriors, Pirates and Eagles over the years, and all four have very passionate fan bases.
Expectations will be high for a Rams program that has made it to the state championship round the last five-consecutive years, where they have won four times since 2016, including the last three in a row.