Jimmy Wallace has been at Northwestern 26 years, but what he'll be remember for most is his 23 as the coach of the Trojans.
Wallace has one of the best winning percentages of any coach in state history. Counting this year's 2-0 record, Wallace is 225-62, a winning total of 78 percent.
He has never had a losing season. The only time the Trojans weren't above .500 was 1995, when the team was 6-6. Wallace has coached some good teams and players in the past, but this year's team might be the best all-around.
To beat Northwestern means a team would have to outscore the Trojans. In their two wins, Northwestern has scored 83 points. That includes an impressive nationally televised game against South Pointe on Aug. 28.
Northwestern trailed 20-7 at the half, but senior quarterback Justin Worley passed for five touchdowns and 251 yards in a 4:50 span, leading his team to a 42-20 victory.
Worley, a Tennessee commitment, passed for 61 yards and threw a pair of picks in the first half.
"We just had to get a little more protection up front," Worley said after the game. "I just didn't have time to throw deep in the first half. We made some adjustments at halftime and came back out."
Tonight, Northwestern hosts Ridge View at 7:30 p.m., a team Wallace has beaten in five previous meetings. The Blazers are coming off an emotion win over Fort Mill, 25-22, on a 19-yard field goal by Larry August with seven second left.
Will there be any late-game heroics tonight? Could happen, but the Trojans are on a mission and are riding a high wave of success. Although both games ended in losses, Northwestern has played in the past two Class AAAA Division II state championship games.
The Trojans are a smart pick to go back and this could be the year. Worley, who has completed passes to eight receivers this season, will have a lot to do with that and what happens tonight. He's been rewriting the state records for passing in his two years as the starter, and, counting this season, has thrown for 8,692 yards and 101 touchdowns. Unfortunately, the record book does not include career passing records.
Worley's favorite target is senior Robert Joseph, who also got into the record book last season. He caught a state-record 150 passes, shattering the old mark by 47 catches. He had 22 catches in a win over Gaffney, breaking the single-game record of 20, and ended up with 1,834 receiving yards.
"All of us have been working extra hard getting ready for this season,'' Joseph said during the preseason. "We have a common goal, to go back and win it this season.
"We work well together as a team and we have a good quarterback in Justin. He's my best friend and (we) hang out together a lot. He's a cool guy and we believe he can take us back one more time.''
There is a lot of football left to play and the Trojans are in arguably the toughest Class AAAA region in the state.
But could this be the year Wallace adds the milestone of a perfect 15-0 season to crown what has been an outstanding career?