Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Former Gryphon gets weekly honor from MEAC

Norfolk State redshirt freshman Kendall Noble was named Offensive Lineman of the Week in the MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)Tuesday after the Spartans' 49-12 league win at Howard Saturday.

Noble blocked for a unit which totaled 342 yards of offense (186 rushing, 156 passing). He graded out at 82 percent on his assignments to lead a solid offensive line effort. The Spartans (3-6, 2-4) produced 20 first downs, did not commit a turnover for the first time in six games and did not yield a sack for the second straight week while maintaining a time of possession advantage of nearly eight minutes.

Noble, playing at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, was a three-year starter at Rocky Mount. He was a two-time All-Conference performer and played in the NCCA East-West All-Star Football Game after his senior season.

Noble is a kinesiotherapy major. His brother, Wayne Jr., also a former Gryphon, is a redshirt junior defensive back at Winston-Salem State. The two siblings will face each other in Winston-Salem on Nov. 22.

AP 3-A Football Poll - Nov. 3

Rocky Mount senior Brian Goodwin (24), chased by Bulldogs Tavon Mosley (39) and Zollie Perry (56), takes a punt return 65 yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the Gryphons' 35-7 NEW 6 victory over Nash Central Friday night. (click on picture to enlarge)

The Gryphons remain in the No. 2 spot in the most recent Associated Press high school football poll released Tuesday.

(Photo/David Hahula)

Class 3-A

School, Rec., Pts., LW
1. Greensboro Dudley (10) (10-0) 118 1
2. Rocky Mount (2) (10-0) 107 2
3. Belmont South Point (9-1) 88 4
4. Jamestown Ragsdale (11-0) 78 5
5. Waynesville Tuscola (10-0) 72 6
6. West Craven (10-0) 64 6
7. Winston-Salem Carver (9-1) 49 8
8. Harnett Central (9-1) 30 9
9. West Rowan (9-1) 20 10
10. Eastern Alamance (9-1)19 3

Others receiving votes: Newton Foard 7, SouthWest Edgecombe 4, Kinston 3, Charlotte Catholic 1.