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Wildcats honored by Panthers
A GREAT DAY IN CHARLOTTE. For the second time in his career, Bunn High School's David Howle (fourth from right) received the Carolina Panthers' Coach of the Week Award during a recent game at Bank of America Stadium. (Photos Submitted)

BUNN -- Two members of the Bunn High School football program had in-person views of the Carolina Panthers' race toward a playoff spot in the National Football League.

During Carolina's victory over Tampa Bay three weeks ago, Bunn offensive lineman Justin Holder and head coach David Howle were in attendance at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Holder, a junior, was saluted with the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Award. Holder was one of only 10 high school players from across North Carolina and South Carolina to receive the award during the 2014 season.

The honor is given to prep football standouts and is based on a combination of academics, athletics, school activities and community involvement.

"Justin is a great kid,'' Howle said. "He is very quiet and humble.''

Holder is a two-year varsity starter at offensive tackle for the Wildcats. He also boasts a strong 3.6 grade-point average.

Howle just completed the second season of his second stint as Bunn's head coach. He received the Coach of the Week Award from the Panthers.

Only 10 coaches -- five from North Carolina and five from South Carolina -- were presented with the award during the 2014 campaign.

This was Howle's second time claiming the honor -- the other was in 2004.

Honorees were able to watch pre-game practice from the field at Bank of America Stadium. They enjoyed a lunch and received a replica NFL football -- along with being saluted on the Jumbotron during the game.

"The Panthers really do a great job with things like this for the community,'' Howle said.

This past summer, Bunn lineman Trevor Gupton traveled to Charlotte to be part of a community-oriented workshop for high school football players.


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