JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. — Veteran football coach Gary Fowler will call it a career at Clayton High School after this season.
Fowler has been head coach of the Clayton Comets since 1985 and coached the team to its first state title in 1989.
"My family has basically grew up on this grass. We've had to do family gatherings here because I didn't have time to go home," said Comets football coach Gary Fowler.
"Coach Fowler is the best coach I ever had," said Comets running back Cedric Harris.
Head coach Gary Fowler has a lot of memories and a lot of sayings.
"This year he kept saying it's not about me it's about we," said Comets Quarterback Anthony Gaskins.
But after this season coach Fowler wild ride off into the sunset.
"I've been mighty blessed here at Clayton High School and I couldn't ask them for more from being a coach and what the community has given back to me and my family," said Fowler.
Fowler has given Clayton High School much to cheer about on the gridiron. His most notable accomplishment; bringing the school its first ever state championship title in 1989.
"It wasn't that I won the state championship. We won our kids won the state championship that night," said Fowler.
A state title and over 200 wins has had quite an impact on his players.
"It's a special place to be on this team for his last year. When he go out we all go out," said Harris.
Friday night is the last regular season home game for the Comets but at 7-3 they have made the playoffs and they are hoping they get on a hot streak so that coach will hang on for just a little bit longer.
"I don't know as of right now the good Lord has been good to this old boy. It's been good," said Fowler.
Clayton will host Knightdale on Friday night.