The Lost Tapes: North Caroline vs Colonel Richardson '92
Now this won't measure up to UMBC's miracle upset over Virginia or the Bulldogs championship win back in 1987. It is not even close to Texas Western's win over the powerhouse Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA championship game at historic Cole Field House in 1966, but one winter evening in 1992 the North Caroline High School (NCHS) Bulldogs got it done. Our candle didn't shine as bright as the runner-up 2017/2018 NCHS Bulldogs at the Xfinity Center last week, but we had our moments.
I played in more than 80 high school basketball games, but it's hard to convince your kids that you had game when all you have is newspaper clippings and their godfather cosigning my skills. It's even harder to convince your kids that you were pretty good when you don't have video evidence and they only see you as a baseball coach. Thankfully, and I have no idea how Big 5 acquired the "Lost Tape", but I had the VHS tape converted to DVD and I now have footage of a game back in 1992. It was a game against our arch rival, Colonel Richardson. It was the battle of Caroline County or otherwise known as the "Go Kordell Game!" Towards the end of the game the crowd was yelling "Go Kordell" repeatedly. Like Dick Vitale says,"It was awesome baby with a capital A!"
I remember this game vividly as I was playing with an injured elbow; thus the reason for the oversized elbow pad on my arm. I had injured it in practice the day before, but there was no way I was going to miss this game. I remember Ms. Knight helping me out by providing me with the volleyball knee pad. We tried to make it work, but I got rid of it in the second half. Missy was our statistician and she never missed a game. I would pepper her with questions about my stats after every game. Speaking of stats, everyone who played scored between 7 and 14 points this night. Big Frankie had a double double as he controlled the boards and Kordell had 11 off the bench.
We had a pretty good team that year; me (I went by Donte Smith in high school), Brandon, Chilli, Frank and Keem with Kordell and Randy coming off the bench. The year before we went 3-17, but this year we actually made the playoffs and we beat Parkside in the first round of the playoffs in which I scored 23. We lost in the next round in overtime, but we had a good season. Unfortunately it's the only footage of my playing days, but at least I can show my kids a game in which my team won. Maybe now my boys will believe me.