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High School Notes: South Mecklenburg’s Rocky White gets a rare Shrine Bowl double

Rocky White will not return for an eighth season as head football coach at South Mecklenburg High School.
Rocky White will not return for an eighth season as head football coach at South Mecklenburg High School. Observer file photo

Saturday afternoon in Spartanburg, South Mecklenburg football coach Rocky White got to pull of a rare double.

White won a Shrine Bowl championship as a player in 1977. He was a quarterback on that team. Thirty years later, White was an assistant coach on the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team. North Carolina whipped South Carolina 55-24 in Saturday’s game.

After graduating from Olympic High School in 1978, White played college football at North Carolina.

White was head coach at West Mecklenburg from 2003-07. He’s been head coach at South Mecklenburg since the 2012 season.

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