Mark S. Kenna
Nov. 1, 2013. The Watauga High School Athletic Department will honor Eric Breitenstein, Danny Triplett and other Pioneers for Pioneer Pride Night at Jack Groce Stadium during half time Nov. 1.
Watauga High School will also honor the 1978 championship football team and its coach, Bill Mauldin. Also, the 2006 and 2007 4A western finals Pioneer teams will honor coach Adrian Snow, who now coaches for West Forsythe High School.
For individual achievement, Eric Breitenstein, No. 2, and Danny Triplett, No. 82, will have their respective WHS jerseys retired. Breitenstein, who brought the Pioneers to those western championship games, played in the FCS (Football Championship Series) for Wofford. As a Terrier, Breitenstein, who was an all-American fullback and running back, was named the Bob Waters male athlete of the year for 2012-2013.
Clemson recruited Triplett, a member of the 1978 championship team, after his career as a Pioneer. He went on to help the Tigers defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Orange Bowl for Clemson’s 1981 undefeated season.
Friday, which is the last home game for the year, will also be Senior Night and Pack The Pantries Night for Watauga County and the Watauga Humane Society. The Pioneers will take on the Hickory High School Red Tornados (5-4).
There will be souvenir “Pioneer Pride” shirts on sale at the game for $10.