Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Norcross wide receiver coach Reggie Stancil helps the Blue Devils prepare for the semifinal Class AAAAAA state playoff game against Colquitt County this Friday.
James and Sarah Stancil usually make it to a couple of Norcross football games each season.
The parents of Norcross assistant coach Reggie Stancil have a good reason to come to the Blue Devils' Class AAAAAA semifinal game on Friday.
Colquitt County, the Stancils' hometown team, is making the 225-mile trip from Moultrie to Norcross with a berth in the state title game on the line.
"They are going to sit on our side," Reggie said with a smile.
Stancil was an all-state quarterback for the Packers in the late '90s and now must beat his alma mater to reach next week's state championship at the Georgia Dome.
"I'll always be a Packer, but right now I'm playing against them," Stancil said. "I'm a Nocrcoss Blue Devil, so that's where it is."
Stancil has spent six season's as Norcross' wide receivers coach where he's groomed some of the county's top receivers like Jason Croom, Geremy Davis, Devonta Bolton and Brice Butler.
He usually returns to his hometown of Moultrie three or four times a year. Stancil made two special trips this year. The first was when Norcross played at Colquitt in a preseason scrimmage. It gave him the opportunity to get the butterflies out against playing his former high school.
"I did (feel emotions) when I first saw them in the scrimmage game earlier this year," Stancil said. "But other than that, it's really not much now."
Stancil made a second trip to his hometown last month when he was inducted into the Colquitt County Sports Hall of Fame.
"It was an unbelievable honor," Stancil said.
The Stancil name is well known in Moultrie with Reggie's older brother James III and their father James being members of the hall of fame as well.
Stancil was an all-state QB his senior season in 1997. He led the Packers to Class AAAA semifinals at the Georgia Dome where they lost to Parkview in overtime. He threw 53 career touchdown passes, which is still a school record.
Stancil was also an all-state selection in baseball and led the Packers to the 1997 state championship.
He was a four-year starter at Jacksonville State (Ala.) University where he was the conference freshman of the year.
Stancil is still among the top passers to come through JSU.
All of the honors made him more than worthy for the hall of fame selection. But would a win over his hometown team get him kicked out of the hall?
"I hope not," he said.