Scorpions’ head coach was selected a Panthers coach of the week for NFL team’s upcoming Monday night game
Bryan Davis will make the drive to Charlotte on Monday thankful to receive an individual award he doesn’t think he deserves.
The North Brunswick football coach will be honored alongside nine other coaches at the Carolina Panthers game against the New Orleans Saints during the Monday Night Football game. Davis was selected as a high school football coach of the week by the Panthers.
North Brunswick assistant principal Kimberly Brown nominated Davis because of his team’s efforts in the community after Hurricane Florence. The team worked with several teachers and players whose homes were flooded in the storm.
“It’s certainly flattering,” Davis said. “But I’m hesitant to take any accolades on the heels of somebody else’s adversity… I’m proud of our kids and proud of our community.”
One neighborhood the Scorpions helped was Stone Creek, where junior offensive lineman Chandler Hancock lives. Hancock’s home was flooded, and he now lives in Porters Neck and works two jobs to help his family.
“There was four feet of standing water,” Hancock said. “We literally had to paddle a canoe to the front door.”
By the time his teammates showed up, Hancock and his dad had removed most of their belongings. The Scorpions decided to stay in Stone Creek and help the rest of the neightboorhood.
“We just felt like these people were already there supporting us at our football games, there was no reason for us to not go out there and help them,” said junior Demond Perry.
Florence forced Perry to also abandon his home. He went to stay with his grandmother in town during the storm, and it’s now become more permanent after the roof came down in his old house.
Through it all, the team continued to help the community. Football became an afterthought, and when the Scorpions did return to the field they finished with a 2-9 record.
But Hancock and Perry believe the storm made the North Brunswick program stronger. Even if their first-year head coach is modest about the award, which includes a $1,000 grant to support the school’s department, there’s a new level of respect for Davis.
“He texted me just about every day,” Hancock said. “What do you need? How can we help? That’s just something that’s nice to have, there for you and checking up on you every day.”
— Reporter Jackson Fuller can be reached at Jackson.Fuller@StarNewsOnline.com.