High Five: Panthers lineman in the spotlight

Published 5:32 pm Thursday, February 10, 2022

Northside senior lineman/post player Landon Cahoon is a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.2 weighted GPA. The Greenville native reflects on his state title game experience, combining twin passions in college, his little sister and Ironman.

 

  1. What has been your best sports experience at Northside so far?

 

Landon: Being part of the football team and playing in Carter-Finley Stadium for the state championship in the spring. I lived in Winterville until we moved to Bayview before my freshman year, so football was a way to make friends and settle in. Running out of the tunnel at Carter-Finley was an out of this world experience. It seemed really loud to us with our fans there, so it must be unbelievable when it’s sold out for a Wolfpack game.

 

  1. Who do you like in the Super Bowl?

 

Landon: The chemistry between (quarterback) Joe Burrow and (receiver) Jamarr Chase has been fun to watch in the playoffs, so I guess Cincinnati. I think they have to run the ball to win, but I’m not sure if their offensive line can handle Von Miller and Aaron Donald. I’m a Broncos fans partly because of Miller and I also like Javonte Williams, who played at Wallace-Rose Hill and Quinn Meinerz, who is a rookie lineman for them. He played at a small college and that’s what I would like to do.

 

  1. Speaking of college, what are your plans?

Landon: I’d like to major in computer engineering and also play football. It’s tough to find a good fit for both, but Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has the top engineering school in the country and a good DIII football team. It would be a stretch since it’s in Terre Haute, In., but I’m looking into it. I’ve applied to N.C. St. for engineering and talked to Methodist and N.C. Wesleyan for football.

 

  1. Your younger sister, Olivia Jane, aka O.J. has worked her way into the basketball starting lineup as a freshman. Are you going to take any credit for that?

Landon: We’ve shot around at home for a long time and she always makes me shoot three-pointers when we play one-on-one. People around here are surprised when she gets knocked down and bounces right up, but I tell them I’ve been doing that to her forever. I think it’s made her tougher. She didn’t start playing competitive basketball until sixth grade and I think she has a knack for it. I’ll take more credit if she gets really good. I’m proud of what she’s done so far.

  1. Do you have a favorite superhero?

 

Landon: Probably Ironman, because his alter-ego, Tony Stark, is really smart and developed a lot of cool high tech stuff. Ironman is obviously very strong, so it’s a good combination.