Former Tuscola football coach Donnie Kiefer’s current school (Central Cabarrus) is one of the latest in North Carolina to convert its outdoor athletic field from real grass to artificial turf.
As of this year, 14 different schools in Western North Carolina play on turf, with Brevard being the latest to join in.
The Blue Devils will host a four-team jamboree on Friday, which is their first interscholastic event on the new field.
Kiefer resigned from Tuscola in 2012 after going 39-24-1 record in five seasons with the Mountaineers.
Under his watch, Tuscola won back-to-back conference football championships for the first time since 1984-1985 and 12 games in the 2009 season despite electing not to play overtime in a 14-14 tie at Asheville High.
Kiefer’s quarterback from that year, Tyler Brosius, is the all-time leading passer in WNC (7,895 yards). Brosius is now a minor-league pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization.
Kiefer and the Vikings are anticipating great things with 15 returning starters (seven offense, eight defense) from a team that went 11-2 in 2013.