Football Capitol Of North Carolina
2022 Hall of Fame
John Connally Linebacker Class of 2008
Three year starter at Linebacker
501 tackles in career
162 tackles in 2006
John was All-State in 2006-07 and played in the Shrine Bowl in 2007.
Wesley Williamson Offensive and Defensive Line Class of 1991
Wesley Kicked a 42-yard school record field goal in a 1989 playoff loss against Asheboro. He still shares that record today.
Wesley was All-Conference in 1990 and played collegiately at Winston-Salem State University.
William Clark Tight End Class of 1992
Clark was a three-year starter for the run-oriented Rams under Coach Mark Barnes.
William had a team-high 11 catches for 234 yards and 4 touchdowns in 1990. In 1991, Clark had 204 of the team’s 875 receiving yards.
An All-Conference Tight End, Clark played four years and was a three-year starter at Wake Forest University.
Danny Shreve Class of 1964
Danny played on the 1963 State Championship team
Was Team MVP in 1963
Danny broke his jaw vs. Thomasville early in the year and never missed a game.
David Amos Class of Class of 1955
David was Honorable Mention All-State in 1954, and he
played Left End on Offense and Defense as a starter for three years.
The entire 1963 Golden Lion team that played to a 0-0 tie in the State Championship game with Brevard
Booker T. Washington Bulldogs
William Henry Bass Class of 1959
William was a Lineman on Offense and Defense, a Place Kicker, and
a 3 Year Letter winner.
Robert Earl Jones Class of 1967
Four year varsity player
Played four years on Basketball team as well
Nicknamed “Insane Red”
2021 Hall of Fame
David Lawson III (1982-1984)
David Lawson III played varsity football for the Reidsville Rams from 1982-84. He was all-conference as an offensive and defensive lineman for the Rams.
David played collegiately at Appalachian State University where he graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice.
Kendon Doe (2003-2004)
Kendon Doe was a record-setting quarterback for the Reidsville Rams in 2003-04
Doe led the Rams to the 2003 AA State Championship, a season that earned Kendon the award as Mr. Football in North Carolina.
Cary Slade (1968-1970)
Cary Slade played linebacker for the 1969-70 State Champion Reidsville Rams.
He was all-conference in 1970, a two-time State Champion, and was active from 1968-70 and graduated from Reidsville High School in 1971.
Booker T. Washington Bulldogs
Morris Hamlin (1956-59)
Morris played QB and was All-Conference in 1959
Walter McKinney (1956-59)
Played OL and was All Conference in 1958 and 1959
The 1954 State Champion Golden Lions Team
Marvin was a 1950 graduate, played guard, and was All Conference in 1949 and 50
Claude graduated in 1950, played guard and tackle, and was All Conference
2020 Hall of Fame
Herman Bethel (1975-1977)
Herman Bethel was an All-Conference offensive and defensive lineman for the Reidsville Rams in 1977. He played varsity football from 1975-77. After high school, Herman played collegiately at North Carolina State and Elon College.
Javada Harden (1994-96)
Javada Harden holds the all-time career passing yardage record in Reidsville Ram history. In three years, he passed for 7,347 yards. He co-owns school records for single game passing attempts (45) and completions (24), both against Thomasville in 1994.
In his three-year career, Harden completed 476 of 889 attempts and 55 touchdowns.
Harden was all-conference from 1994-96.
Ronald Wilson (1990-93)
Ronald Wilson was an All-State lineman for the Reidsville Rams in 1992-93. An All-Conference lineman for three years (91-93), Wilson also played in the 1993 Shrine Bowl and the 1994 East-West All-Star game.
Wilson, best known as “Red,” played collegiately at Arizona Western College and Georgia Military College
Alvin Cook 1951 Graduate
All-State QB in 1950
All-State in Baseball
Johnny Turpin 1951 Graduate
A tackle; was All- State in 1950 and also All -Western
Johnny was also a Navy veteran
Booker T Washington Bulldogs
He was CIAA in football in 1947 and 1948
James worked at Booker T from 1951 to 1969. He coached football, basketball, and taught music and chorus. James was inducted into Virgina State University Hall of Fame in 1991
John Regnolds (1960-64)
John was an all around athlete, playing quarterback and the end positions for Booker T Washington from school year 1960-64 , He also played basketball and ran track. He holds the school record; scoring 5 TD’s in one single game
Willie Albert Courts
2019 Hall of Fame
Ted Jones - Class of 1970
Graduate of Reidsville HS. Played with the Golden Lions from 1967 - 1968. Ted played on the 1969 3-A State Championship Team. He also was a letter winner in Track and Baseball. Teddy also coached multiple sports at Reidsville HS. He coached football from 1980- until 1992. During that time he also coached Women's Basketball and Track. In 1992, he became athletic director until he retired in 2011. He coached for a total of 34 years and 30 as a Reidsville Ram.
Raphael Chestnut - Class of 2005
Played football from 2002-04
Raphael was a three-year starter at wide receiver and was a key part of the 2002-03 2-AA state championship teams and the 2003 2-A state championship basketball team.
In his Ram career, Chestnut had 115 receptions for 2,054 yards and 24 touchdowns, including an 84-yard scoring catch.
Raphael was all-conference in 2004.
After graduation, Raphael played four years and graduated from Duke University.
Anthony Wilson - Class of 1976
Played football form 1974-75
Anthony Wilson was a standout running back for the Rams in 1974-75.
Wilson’s best year was in 1975 when he rushed for 923 yards and 142 carries. He had rushing totals for 245 yards against Greensboro Dudley and 201 against West Forsyth for the 4-A Rams.
He also holds a school record that will never be broken – a 99-yard rushing touchdown.
He was all-conference in 1975.
Entire Class of 1969 State Championship Ram Football Team - Jimmy Amos, Rick Foster, Price Watt, Sammy Jones, Tom Parker, David Wise, Charlie Nichols, Raymond Cobb, George Macklin, Jerry Lawson, Jimmy Dunn, Harry Lee, Larry Wilson, Daryl Martin, Lee Cobb, Larry Courts, Hunter Dalton, Mac McDonald, Steve Manley, Murphy Jones, Cary Slade, Robert Lamberth, Eddie Weaver, Lee Yount, Roger Citty, Ernest Hopper, John Dillard, Tim Shelton, Max McKinney, Steve Greer, Kim Pettigrew, Gerald Comer, William Ellis, John King, Marcus Taylor, Johnny Baker, Mike Chrismon, Dee Apple, Mike Apple, Dickie Millsap, Phil Smith, Teddy Jones, Steve Williams, and Robert Hoskins Head Coach - John Morris Staff - Bob Schuck, Charles Boler, N.R. Cloud, and Earl Yates
Larry Smith - Class of 1958
Larry Smith was a star running back for the Golden Lions.
Larry was all-conference and all-state in 1957 and played in the East-West game in 1958.
Smith was a US Army veteran and later received a degree from Rockingham Community College.
Pete Glidewell - Class of 1964
Pete played multiple Positions as a Golden Lion; these included Quarterback, Fullback, Halfback and Safety. Peter played in the East West All-star game and Shrine Bowl. He was team MVP in 1963 and played multiple sports including Basketball and Baseball. After graduating from Reidsville, he attended Davidson College on a football scholarship. In 1966 he had 58 receptions as a TE. He was selected as All -State College team in 1967 and played in the collegiate Shrine Bowl. In his Career at Davidson, he totaled 108 Receptions and 17 TDs.
Booker T Washington Bulldogs
David Chestnut Sr. - Class of 1968
David was a 4 year starter at Booker T. He played QB and Receiver and was named MVP four times. He also was a three year letter winner in Basketball. He was awarded the Golden Helmet Award and the Brookside Industry Outstanding Player award. After graduation from Booker T Washington, he attended Guilford College and started four years as a Tight End. He graduated with a BS degree and returned to Rockingham County where he started the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and was executive director of Human Relations at Rockingham Community College, retiring in 2017.
Irvin Burnet Speaks - Class of 1962
Irvin played for Booker T Washington form 1958 -1961. He played fullback and Linebacker. He was named All-state during his playing career. After graduation, he received a scholarship from Winston-Salem State where he played for four years. He graduated with a BS degree and moved to Michigan where he has coached football for forty years.
2018 Hall Of Fame
Ricky Williamson – 1976 to 1978
Ricky Williamson was an All-Conference defensive end for the Reidsville Rams from 1976 to 1978.
He was a three-time all-SAC defensive star at Mars Hill from 1978-82, where the Bears defense was ranked No. 1 in the country among NAIA schools. Williamson played in the USFL for the New Jersey Generals and for the Memphis Showboats. Williamson later served 30 years in the United States Army as a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg. He served tours of duty in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bosnia, Turkey and Iraq. While in the military, he ascended to the rank of Sergeant Major. Williamson retired with honors and was awarded the Bronze Star, Award for Meritorious Service, the Army Accommodation Medal, and the Army Service Medal along with 16 other Army medals. Williamson was inducted into the Mars Hill Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
Isaiah Robinson – 1996 to 1999
Isaiah Robinson was an All-Conference receiver for the Reidsville Rams in 1997 to 1998 and was All-State in 1998. Robinson set Rams season records for touchdown receptions (18) and yards receiving with 1,500 in 1998. He had 77 catches for 1,500 yards. In three varsity seasons, Robinson had 136 catches for 2,660 yards, ranking him No. 3 in all-time receiving yards in school history behind Na Brown and Jerome Simpson. Robinson played collegiately for the University of North Carolina and is now an assistant coach for Reidsville Middle School and the Rams varsity teams.
George GW Burgess – class of 1939
George GW Burgess was a member of the graduating class of the 1939 Reidsville Golden Lions. He was a versatile three-sport athlete that played basketball and baseball in addition to football. Burgess was a running back and a team captain during his senior year for the Golden Lions and is viewed as one of the top player of that era of sports in the city.
Allred Burnell Cooke – class of 1939
Allred Burnell Cooke was a member of the Reidsville class of 1939. He played football, baseball and basketball, but it was on the gridiron where his talents burned brightest. Cooke played in the Shrine Bowl following his senior year at Reidsville as an offensive tackle. Cooke was a beloved member of the First Baptist church where he was known as “pop.” He served faithfully there in the Sunday school department and as a member of the Deacons.
Jim Hardy – 1947 to 1950
Jim Hardy was a guard and tackle for the Reidsville Golden Lions from 1947-50. He was an All-State player in both 1949 and 1950 and All-Conference during his four-year varsity career. He went on to play at Elon. Hardy was a member of the 1949 state runner-up team and a state champion as a member of the 1950 Golden Lion team. Hardy played in the Shrine Bowl in 1950 and the East-West All-Star game in 1951. He later coached football for the Golden Lions from 1955-1960. A long-time member of the Reidsville Rescue Squad, Hardy also served as associate superintendent of the Reidsville City School board and was a teacher and principal during his career. Hardy was instrumental in building Reidsville’s Community Stadium, the current home of the Rams.
Fred Smith – 1953 to 1956
Fred Lee Smith played football for Booker T. Washington High School from 1953 to 1956. They say big things come in small packages and that is certainly true of Smith. At just under 5-9 and around 210 pounds, Smith dominated players on the offensive and defensive line at left tackle who were much bigger. He also played basketball for three varsity seasons and was a four-year varsity letterman in football. Smith was gentle and good-natured except on the football field. Once he hit the gridiron, he was a brute. In those days it was legal to use the forearm. In a game against Burlington’s Jordan-Sellars High School he knocked out two guys who had been assigned the duty of playing in front of him. The Burlington team coach demanded that the wrappings on both of his arms be removed in order to see what kind of weapon he was hiding under his pads. He was astonished to see there was none.
John Price – 1955 to 1958
Price was a 200 pound fullback that could run as fast as a halfback at Booker T. Washington High School before graduating in 1958. He was around 6 feet tall and was solid from head to toe. Many of his former players said Price had power similar to NFL legend Jim Brown and he could run, punt, and pass the football with amazing accuracy. Price played from 1955 to 1958 and was one of the programs best offensive producers. He was selected for the All-State team in 1958. Price also played baseball and basketball in high school. After high school he received a scholarship to Maryland State where he played football and baseball. Price was also a member of the 1957 Booker T. Washington High School state championship baseball team.
2017 Hall of Fame
Randolph "Chico" Galloway 1992-1995
Jerome Galloway 1986 - 1990
Kenny Kimber 1976 - 1979
Reggie Manley 1958 - 1961
Don Comer 1949 - 1953
Booker T. Washington Bulldogs
Marvin Miles 1951 - 1955
Charles Gilliam 1958 - 1961
2016 Hall of Fame
Jack Stallings Class of 1933
Jack was the starting halfback on the 1930, 1931, and 1932 teams. All of which won the NC State Championship. Newspaper articles from 1932 talk about his speed and refer to him as the fastest person on the field. After leaving Reidsville High School he went Elon College where he became a starter his freshman year. In 1934 he was not only all Southern Conference but was the only unanimous choice for that honor. As a result of his playing days at Elon he was inducted into their Football Hall of Fame. After leaving Elon he played professional football in Pennsylvania. When injury cut his career short, he signed a professional baseball contract and played in the old Bi-State League
Jim Duncan 1939-43
The late James Hampton Duncan grew up in Reidsville and emerged as a football star for the Golden Lions under coach Hap Perry from 1939 to 1942. Duncan was inducted into the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame in 1985, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Appalachian State University Hall of Fame in 2001.
His coaching career began at Appalachian State and he was the Mountaineers' head man from 1960 to 1964 where his teams compiled a 31-15-2 record in five seasons.
He coached in the Canadian Football League. He was an assistant coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders for four years (1965-1968) and the head coach of the Calgary Stampeders for five years (1969-1973). His 1971 Calgary team won the Grey Cup, defeating the Toronto Argonauts, led by star rookie quarterback Joe Theismann, 14-11.
He played 43 career games with the New York Giants as a defensive end and had seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries. He was the team's co-captain (with Kyle Rote) in 1953.
During his years with the Giants, Duncan spent the off-season in Reidsville and managed the golf shop at Pennrose Park Country Club.
O.M. (Bo) Sacrinty (late 1930s-early 1940s)
The late Bo Sacrinty was head coach of the Golden Lions from 1963-67 and led Reidsville to a co-championship with Brevard in 1963. He was also part of the the coaching staff at Reidsville for a number of years, serving as an assistant on George Wingfield’s undefeated team in 1954.
He finished with a 22-14-5 record.
Bo played college football at Wake Forest and one year in the NFL with the Chicago Bears.
Sacrinty joins brothers John and Nick in the Reidsville Football Hall of Fame.
John Morris (1967-73)
The late John Morris coached the Golden Lions from 1967-68 and led Reidsville into consolidation with Booker T. Washington High School in 1969 when the school became known as the Rams.
Coach Morris led the Rams to back-to-back Western 3A state championships in 1969-70. The 1970 Rams finished 12-0-1.
A member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Morris compiled a 42-32-2 record at Reidsville and was 35-19-2 as head coach of the Reidsville Rams.
Rashad Slade (1994-96)
Rashad Slade was a three-year star receiver for the Reidsville Rams from 1994-96
Slade had 27 catches as a sophomore and 53 as a junior. His breakout season came in 1996 when he had 65 receptions for 1200 yards.
Rashad is in the Ram record book with 16 career interceptions and four punt returns for touchdowns. He had four picks in one game in 1996 and two punt returns for scores in one game in 1996.
He lettered four years at Appalachian State University and also played arena football.
Rashad returned home as co-hosts of the Next Level Skill camp with brother-in-law Reggie Chestnut every summer in Reidsville and has been involved in coaching at Northeast Guilford and on the youth level in Reidsville.
2015 Hall Of Fame
REIDSVILLE – The third city of Reidsville Hall of Fame class was announced recently and seven former Golden Lions, Bulldogs and Rams will be enshrined at halftime of the Reidsville versus Graham football game on Oct. 9. Voting began several months ago and ended on April 25. Three players from Booker T. Washington High School made the cut this year including Spencer Gwynn, Willie Lane and Alex Coleman. Charlie Hoover and Don Coker were selected from the Golden Lions era and former player and coach Doug Robertson and running back Tayon Graves will represent the Rams in the 2015 class. Reidsville Head Football Coach Jimmy Teague said the Hall of Fame is a community effort to recognize the former players and coaches who have created the rich tradition that has produced 19 combined state titles and one of the best high school football programs in the country. In the early days of segregation, Booker T. Washington and the Golden Lions laid the solid foundation on what Teague, his coaching staff and players have crafted into a perennial title contending program.
Spencer Gwynn: Gwynn played for Booker T. Washington High School up until his graduation in 1950. Gwynn was a triple threat from the quarterback position. He could run, pass and punt and played on offense and defense. Gwynn was a captain for the Bulldogs in football, basketball and baseball. Gwynn went on to play for North Carolina A&T and still holds the record for the longest punt of 76 yards in the history of the program. After a successful career in education as a principal at Grimsley High School in Greensboro, Gwynn became the Voice of the Aggies as a radio commentator for North Carolina A&T for an astonishing 50 years.
Willie Lane: Lane was a three sport star at Booker T. Washington and went on to play semi-pro baseball where he played with the legendary Satchel Page. With the Bulldogs football team, he was a star offensive and defensive end from 1950-1953. His coach Herman Hines described Lane as a hard worker and a team player. After high school, Lane was employed by Big Apple, Cone Mills and eventually worked in masonry, a job he still performs to this day.
Alex Coleman: Coleman played with Booker T. Washington from 1952-1955 and started out as a halfback out of the single-wing formation and also returned punts. He was informed by coach Hines just hours before the Bulldogs game versus Siler City he would be the new quarterback, a position he had never played before. Coleman scored two touchdowns and led the team in scoring that season. He went on to play football at Fayetteville State University as a halfback and also returned punts. After college Coleman worked in the cotton mills and American Tobacco Co.
Charlie Hoover: Hoover was on offensive lineman and outside linebacker for the Golden Lions and a key component of the 1954 state championship team. Legendary former Golden Lion Head Football Coach George Wingfield said Hoover was the best offensive guard in the state.
Don Coker: Coker was a member of the 1954 Golden Lions undefeated state championship team and played in the prestigious Shrine Bowl. Coker was a stallion coming out of the backfield. In the playoffs versus Charlotte Harding, he put on a clinic scoring three touchdowns and rushed for 197 yards on 19 carries. He went on to play a year at North Carolina before transferring to Georgia Tech.
Tayon Graves: A sensational running back, Graves finished his Ram career in 2007 as a state champion on the 16-0 team. He ended his career as a school record holder in 12 different rushing categories in addition to being named all-state in 2007. Graves’ four-year total of 5,471 yards rushing established a new Ram record in career yards as did his 94 rushing touchdowns, 761 rushing attempts, 274 points scored and 23 100-yard rushing games. He set single season records with 45 touchdowns in 2007 on 270 rushing attempt. Graves has single game records with 42 points, 285 yard, 40 attempts and seven touchdowns in a 2007 playoff game versus Southern Vance.
Doug Robertson: Robertson was an All-Conference offensive lineman for the Rams in 1993-1994 and went on to a standout career at Guilford College where he earned D-3 All-American honors. He was an assistant coach at Delta State University and was part of a national championship team there. Robertson returned to Reidsville and was defensive coordinator for state championship teams in 2002-2003 and 2007-2008. He took over as head coach in 2009 and directed the Rams to a fifth state championship in eight years and was a key component in the Rams 54 game winning streak. Robertson left Reidsville for Person County as head coach in 2012 and is currently head coach at Eastern Guilford High School. His overall coaching record at Reidsville stands at 36-7.