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Western football trio sets college plans


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Western Alamance’s Evan Kuehnel said he found the right fit in choosing to continue his football pursuits at Gardner-Webb.

Evan Keuhnel

The quarterback will be a preferred walk-on.

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“The opportunity at Gardner-Webb was too good for me to give up,” Kuehnel said.

It was somewhat late in the recruiting process when Kuehnel nailed down his next stop. He was ready for a preseason lacrosse practice when a recruiting phone call accelerated his interest in the Runnin’ Bulldogs. He travelled to Boiling Springs for a closer look.

“Straight off the visit, I fell in love with it,” he said. “It all worked out pretty well.”

Most of the interest in Kuehnel came from Division II or Division III programs. He said he was happy to take a chance at the Football Championship Subdivision level in Division I. He’s receiving a merit scholarship through Gardner-Webb, with the intent to major in business.
Kuehnel was Western’s starting quarterback for two seasons.

Gardner-Webb’s new coach is Cris Reisert, who was tight ends coach at Elon from 2014-16.
Kuehnel is also the leading scorer for Western’s lacrosse team.

• Two other Western players have announced their college football plans.

Nick McGhee, a defensive lineman, is heading to Division II Barton College.

Nick McGhee

He became one of the major impact players at the line of scrimmage for the Warriors.

McGhee, who’s listed at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, is one of 37 high school signees announced by Barton in February. Running back Jackson Parrish of Southern Alamance is also in the signing class.

McGhee also has been on the basketball and lacrosse teams at Western.

Lineman Landon Adkins is heading to Division III North Carolina Wesleyan. He was a key member of a veteran offensive front for the Warriors.

Landon Adkins

“It’s good to see these guys getting another chance,” Western coach Jeff Snuffer said. “You don’t know how it’s going to work out. They’ve all found something that they think will be good for them.”

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