Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Gryphs solidly in second spot in AP 3-A poll

The Associated Press released its N.C. High School Football polls tonight and Rocky Mount maintained its No. 2 spot in the rankings, but the Gryphons did receive three first-place votes.

Guess who has jumped into the No. 3 spot - NEW 6 foe SouthWest Edgecombe. I watched the Cougars run all over Southern Vance Monday evening in their makeup game from last Friday. SWE nearly had three 100-yard rushers, and it mixed in the pass as well - including a 31-yard TD pass on a fourth-and-nine!

Losses by North Gaston (No. 3), Kannapolis Brown (No. 4) and Hertford County (No. 5) opened the way for the Cougars to grab the No. 3 ranking.

Here is the 3-A Poll:

W-L Pts LW

1. Western Alamance (16) 5-0 186 1

2. Rocky Mount (3) 5-0 168 2

3. SW Edgecombe 4-0 108 6

4. Belmont South Point 4-0 105 8

5. Asheville Roberson 4-0 100 9

6. Charlotte Catholic 3-2 55 10

7. Anson County 4-1 41 —

8. North Gaston 3-1 36 3

9. Northeast Guilford 3-1 34 7

10. West Rowan 4-0 32

Others receiving votes: Kernersville Glenn 30, Kannapolis Brown 29, Hertford County 26, Eastern Alamance 23, Hickory 22, Wilson Hunt 13, Monroe Sun Valley 7, Greensboro Dudley 6, Asheville 6, Winston-Salem Parkland 4, Winston-Salem Carver 3, Franklin 3, East Rowan 2, Gastonia Forestview 2, Southern Lee 2, Jacksonville 1, Currituck County 1.

Trivia question for RM football fans

- RMHS senior Emmanuel Davis

Rocky Mount junior Brian Goodwin took the opening kickoff in the Hertford County game Friday 85 yards for a score.

The question is, who was the last Gryphon to perform that feat (a kickoff return for a score) and who was it against?

I'll give you a hint ... it was in 2005 and it was an 86-yard kickoff return for a score. (Use some internet resources because the answer can be found online!)

I'll give you until Thursday evening to guess. Just register your guess under the comment section of the blog below!

DAVIS PLAYS REALLY BIG: How big was the play of senior linebacker Emmanuel Davis in the game the Bears?

Can you spell H-U-G-E?

He recorded a career-high 21 tackles. He now leads the Gryphons in total tackles with 50. He also leads the squad in pass deflections (two).

Junior Chris Pittman is second with 37, followed by senior Ezra Hudgins with 31. Junior Nick Harrison leads the team in sacks with five, junior Zack Williams is tops in interceptions with two and junior Torey Lee is the fumble recovery leader with two.

LANE GETS IN: Senior kicker John Lane finally got some playing time in the Hertford County game.

The lanky former homeschooler got to launch Rocky Mount's only punt of the night and it went 38 yards with no return.