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Originally published: 2013-09-19 10:27:27
Last modified: 2013-09-20 15:06:41

WHS to honor Triplett, Breitenstein on Nov. 1

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

The Watauga athletic department will retire the jersey numbers of former stand out football players Danny Triplett and Eric Breitenstein during a halftime ceremony on Nov. 1 when Watauga hosts Hickory.

The athletic department will also honor the 1978 state 3-A championship football team on the 35th anniversary of their win. The Pioneers will also host Senior Night before the game.

Triplett was a key element in Watauga's state championship, though he actually did not play in the game. Triplett broke his arm in the Pioneers' second-round game against Thomasville game and could not play in the semifinals (a 10-7 win over Brevard) or the finals (a 33-28 win over Burlington Williams).

Triplett, who is also a member of the Watauga County Sports Hall of Fame, played college football at Clemson, where he was an inside linebacker. He was a member of Clemson's national championship team of 1981 that finished 12-0 and beat Nebraska in the 1982 Orange Bowl.

He finished the season with 86 tackles.

Breitenstein led the Pioneers to back-to-back state 4-A Western Regional finals in 2006-07. He gained over 6,000 yards and was all-state as a defensive back his junior year and as a running back his senior season.

Breitenstein was also a two-time Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year at Wofford College.

Bill Mauldin, the head coach of the 1978 championship team, will also be honored by the athletic department. He is also a member of the Watauga County Sports Hall of Fame.