HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WNCN) – Just two days before Holly Springs was to begin football practice, the Golden Hawks starting quarterback transferred.
“That’s a tough,” said Holly Springs head football coach Robert Furth.
So Furth, the school’s first year head coach, and the Golden Hawks had to scramble.
“We were kind of reeling for a little bit,” Furth said. “But we were lucky we stumbled across Davis Ferguson.”
With a little prodding from his classmates, Ferguson, a senior, accepted the challenge of becoming Holly Springs’ starting quarterback – despite a lack of experience.
“Last time I played football was the 7th grade,” Ferguson said. “I played rec football so that’s five years ago.
That bit of news that shocked the quarterback’s coach.
“Didn’t even know it until he came out that he hadn’t played in that long,” said a disbelieving Furth.
But everything has seemed to work out. The Golden Hawks are 6-4 and headed for the playoffs.
The school, which has only been in existence for 10 years, is having one of its best seasons ever. Ferguson is a big reason why.
“If I’d had said no I’d just, I play basketball and lacrosse as well,” Ferguson said. “I’d probably just be at basketball workouts.”
Instead he’s getting set to face the Cary Imps on Friday and will make his 11th start of the season. That’s quite a journey for a player who said he was an OK quarterback in the 7th grade.
“I think it would be hard, especially because it’s my senior year and I haven’t played in five years,” said Ferguson.
“How good we’re doing would be surprising for anyone.”
It’s a fairy tale story that’s still not complete.