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New coach tasked with reviving PH program

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 10:55 am

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Patriots’ head coach Bryan Davis  during summer practices.

Patriots’ head coach Bryan Davis during summer practices.

Since their last winning season in 2008, Patrick Henry, the long-time dominant football team in Hanover County, has watched rivals Hanover win three regional titles, Atlee ascend to its best season in school history last year, and arch rival Lee-Davis win the last three Tomato Bowls while earning two playoff appearances.

Players, alumni and fans are overdue for something to cheer about in Ashland, and Bryan Davis hopes to fix that.

Davis arrives as the new head coach at Patrick Henry, the third man to take the position after the end of the Ray Long era in late 2009. Patrick Henry’s best record since Long’s departure was 5-5 in 2010. While Davis clearly understands the work ahead of him and his staff, he has a history of turning a program around and is ready for the challenge.

Davis took a moribund program at Topsail High School in Pender County, N.C. north of Wilmington and turned them into a winner in his six-season stint from 2007 to 2012. Now he takes over a Patriots program that wrote the blueprint for winning in the county for a quarter-century, looking to awaken a sleeping giant.

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