DOBSON —Surry Central’s Noah Wilmoth made his college plans official on Friday afternoon, when he signed his National Letter of Intent to play football for Emory & Henry College this fall.
Wilmoth, a three-sport athlete for the Golden Eagles, will suit up as a running back for the Wasps, who play in Emory, Va. roughly an hour and a half from Dobson.
Wilmoth was one of 20 seniors who played for Surry Central during a memorable 2016 season, in which head coach Monty Southern and the Golden Eagles squad posted an 11-2 overall mark this past season, along with and unblemished 5-0 in Western Piedmont Athletic Conference play. Central then advanced to the second round of the NCHSAA 2A state playoffs before the ride ended.
Wilmoth scored five total touchdowns during his senior season for Surry Central, along with posting 302 total yards, 108 rushing and 194 receiving, for an average of 43.1 yards per game. He also played free safety on the defensive side of the ball for the WPAC champions.
“We love the game of football, but we love Noah more and we are proud of him. Mom and Dad are very proud,” said parents Sam and Amanda Wilmoth.
He joins a team that ended last season as hot as his current one played for most of the fall. Emory & Henry started its 2016 season poorly, losing four of its first five games, but pushed through and finished out with five consecutive wins and a second-place finish in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (6-4, 5-2 ODAC). The Wasps are under the guidance of Head Coach Curt Newsome, a 1982 graduate and alumni of Emory and Henry, who is in his third year as the coach at his alma mater. Newsome carries with him 15 years of NCAA Division 1 coaching experience and was named the program’s 20th head coach in 2014.
Emory & Henry’s offense this past season was rated as the third-best attack in ODAC play, with its successful foundation stemming from a very potent underclassmen class. The Wasps averaged 33 points per game.
“When I met the coaches, the team and the atmosphere, I knew that Emory and Henry was the program I liked,” said Wilmoth. “I also liked how they treated all the players and gave everyone a chance no matter what class they were in.”
Wilmoth joined the varsity basketball team late in his sophomore season and played the next two years for the varsity Eagles. As a senior, Central doubled its win total from the previous season. Surry Central defeated Forbush during the first Western Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament, but the 67-52 win would be their last, as their season ended two days later versus North Surry. The Eagles were likely the last team to be left out of the state playoff field with a 10-15 overall record.
Similarly to football, Wilmoth and the 2017 Golden Eagles baseball team also finished in the second round of the playoffs, from a loss to R-S Central this past weekend. This year under first-year Head Coach Seth Reece, the Golden Eagles logged a 17-8 overall mark along with a 7-3 in conference play. As he did in basketball, he played roughly two and a half varsity seasons for Central’s baseball team.
The Wasps open up their 2017 season as they host Ferrum College for the 11th straight year on Saturday, September 2.