Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Former N.C. Wesleyan head football coach Jack Ginn is a candidate for the head football job at Grand Valley State (Allendale, Mi.).
Ginn, who has been an associate head coach/wide receivers coach at the Div. II powerhouse the last two seasons, is reported to be one of three current assistants up for the job.
The opening came about when new Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly hired Grand Valley State head man Chuck Martin to be his defensive coordinator earlier this week. Kelly is also a former head coach of the Lakers.
Ginn started the football program at N.C. Wesleyan six years ago and was a candidate for the Rocky Mount head football job last summer. Ginn was having trouble selling his home here and was commuting back and forth from Michigan. He was considering moving back to Rocky Mount. With that possibility, he was interested the Gryphon football job opening.
But when his home finally sold early this past summer, he withdrew his application for the RMHS job and moved his family to Michigan with him.
In his four years at NCWC, Ginn compiled a 23-17 overall record and an 18-9 USA South mark, having produced the first-ever undefeated conference champion with a 7-0 league record in 2007. Additionally, Ginn produced 42 All-Conference players, two Defensive Rookies of the Year, two Offensive Rookies of the Year, and two Offensive Players of the Year.
Prior to coming to NCWC, Ginn served two years as an assistant coach at Shepherd College, an NCAA Division II school in Shepherdstown, WV. During his tenure, Shepherd compiled a two-year record of 15-5, and set 16 offensive school records. From 1997-2000, Ginn was the Offensive Coordinator at Wartburg College, a NCAA Division III school in Waverly, IA . His offense averaged 35 points per game over the four-year period, setting 19 school records and helping Wartburg achieve a 35-6 record.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The senior defensive back has been ruled academically eligible under NCAA guidelines for the Hokies' match-up against Tennessee Thursday in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. So for a second straight season, Virginia Tech's football team will be missing a starter for its bowl game because of academic issues.
Virgil has had his problems with injuries this season. After playing in VT's 34-24 loss to Alabama in the season opener - also in Atlanta, he injured his left knee making a tackle on the game's final play. The injury kept him out of the lineup for the Hokies' next two games.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
We're looking for someone who participated from 2000 through 2009 and competed in the general Triangle area, which we can expand to include East Carolina and Wake Forest candidates.
In case you need a refresher of his college and HS careers, here is some background info:
High School Resume
A three-year starter, Hudgins passed for 1,687 yds. (78-174) and 22 touchdowns (only five interceptions) … Rushed for 393 yds. and 14 touchdowns ... Led Rocky Mount to its first Big East 4-A Conference title since 1990. He helped the Gryphons to a 12-1 record – at the time - tied for most wins in school history. He led Rocky Mount to three straight playoff appearances – prior to 2006, it was the first such occurrence at Rocky Mount since 1977-79 … Set school records for career passing (5,524), touchdown passes (61), touchdown responsibility (77) … Helped the 2004 Rocky Mount squad set school records for scoring (534) and total yards (4,687).
2004 Big East Conference Player of the Year
2004 Rocky Mount Telegram Offensive Player of the Year
Member of NCPreps.com 2004 4-A All-State Team
Played for the East in the 2005 N.C. Oasis Shrine East-West All-Star Game
A two-year starter at forward, Hudgins led the Big East Conference in scoring (20.6) and rebounding (12.0) this past winter as Rocky Mount finished second in the Big East and recorded a 17-9 record (second-round loss to Millbrook) … Also led Gryphons in field goal percentage (.688), steals (52) and blocked shots (32)… Scored a career-high 32 points against Southeast Raleigh… Scored 944 points in just two seasons as a Gryphon for fifth place on the all-time Rocky Mount scoring list – behind Phil Ford (2,079), Tashawn Mabry (1,899), Buck Williams (1,440), George McClain (1,209) and Larry Lucas (1,056)
2005 Big East Player of the Year
Big East All-Conference performer (2004, 2005)
2005 Rocky Mount Telegram Player of the Year
Honorable mention NCPreps.com All-State 4-A Team
An All-Big East Conference player in 2004, Hudgins played third base, first base and pitched. He helped Rocky Mount to a 15-6 record this season - up from a 10-14 campaign the previous spring. He batted .387 with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, 21 RBI and 22 runs scored. On the mound, the right-hander was 4-3 with a 2.49 ERA.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
EASLEY, S.C. - Former Rocky Mount assistant football coach and Northern Nash head coach Chad Smith is beginning to have the makings of a pretty good offensive line - right in his very own home!
He was also named MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Week in NSU's game against Howard.
Chauncy Perry, a senior offensive lineman at Virginia Union University, was named to the CIAA All-Conference second team. Perry, who is 6-2 and 325 pounds, is a computer information systems major. Perry was three-year starter for the Gryphons (2003-05).
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Even though former Rocky Mount head baseball coach Shelton Chesson made his mark on the diamond, he knows basketball, too. In fact, he was the Gryphons' head boys basketball coach my senior year (1975-76) and coached former All-America Buck Williams as a sophomore.
Now another Chesson offspring has made some noise in the state - also in basketball.
His great niece (his brother's grandaughter) Katie Paschal, the state's top girls scorer last year as a junior at Williamston High School, signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at East Carolina last week.
“We are very excited about the addition of Katie,” head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener stated. “Our coaching staff was very selective in finding the right pieces to the puzzle for next year’s team and did a great job. We are excited to this young lady to join the Pirate family.”
Paschal, a 5-8 guard, led all North Carolina prep players in scoring last season as a junior, netting 33 points per contest while averaging four assists, six rebounds and five steals. She is ranked as the 42nd-best shooting guard in the nation by the All-Star Girls Report and 78th by ESPN.com. Additionally, Atlantic South has tabbed her as one of the top five players in North Carolina.
Paschal has garnered numerous honors during her high school career, including 2009 North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (NCBCA) First-Team All-State and Associated Press Second-Team All-State accolades as well as 2008 First-Team 1A All-State and 2007 Third-Team All-State laurels from NC Preps. She was also named ESPN.com Southeast Region Player-of-the-Week for the period ending Feb. 23.
Paschal has helped Williamston to three berths in the North Carolina 1A playoffs, including a sectional championship and regional appearance in 2008.
“Katie is a gym rat that understands the game of basketball," said Baldwin-Tener. "She is not just a great scorer but a great passer as well. She makes the people around her better. We are excited that Katie decided to stay close to home for the next four years.”
Chesson, who has been packing his car with many of his RM area friends and making pilgrimages to Martin County to see Katie play since she was in the eighth grade, will now get to see her play at Williams Arena the next four years.
Paschal also thought about coming to Rocky Mount. Her dad, Roanoke's head football coach Brian Paschal, had thought about joining then-head coach B.W. Holt's football staff before her junior year and Katie thought she might come with him and play for Pam Gainey's squad.
But alas, her dad opted to stay at Roanoke, so Katie stayed at Williamston.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
NCWC is making its second playoff appearance in program history after posting an undefeated 7-0 record in the USA South to secure the league's automatic bid. The feat marks the second time in the past three seasons that the Bishops ran the table against conference opponents. NCWC's two regular season losses came at the hands of non-conference foes Emory & Henry and Hampden-Sydney, which also turned in a 10-0 record en route to the region's No. 3 seed.
Wesley is making its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAAs, winning the South in both 2005 and 2006 and advancing to the quarterfinals in 2007. The Wolverines and Battling Bishops have just one series meeting between them: the 2007 opener for both squads, which was won by Wesley 34-31.
On paper, the two teams looked to be evenly matched offensively. The Battling Bishops averaged 36.5 points and over 450 total yards of offense per game during the regular season, while the Wolverines turned in 35.6 points and 410 yards per contest. The outcome, therefore, may be determined on the defensive side of the ball.
Other top seeds in the tournament include Mount Union in the East, UW-Whitewater in the North and St. John's (MN) in the West. In the South, the winner of the Wesley/North Carolina Wesleyan game will face the winner of the Mississippi College/Huntingdon contest.
Note: I will post a link to live coverage of this game Saturday right here later this week!
That field has a history.
But guys, I wouldn't turn down some fieldturf, either!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
But it has had an encounter with Nash Central (2006 playoffs) and Northern Nash earlier this season.
Here is how the Falcons faired in each of their games this season:
AT GREENE CENTRAL
AT J.H. ROSE
AT NORTHERN NASH
AT WEST CARTERET
AT WEST CRAVEN
AT WHITE OAK
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
2. Rocky Mount has shut out Northern Nash six times - three times in the last four seasons, but the Knights have never shut out the Gryphons. Until Northern's first-quarter score in the 2007 tilt, the Knights went scoreless in the series for straight14 quarters.
3. Both teams have won a contest in overtime.
4. Rocky Mount is the first team in the series to win seven consecutive games.
5. Over their last six meetings, Rocky Mount has outscored Northern Nash 233-33.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Edwards, a native of Spring Hope, was a star on the football field for Chowan from 1965-67. The 1967 All-Conference defensive lineman and team MVP also served as the vice president of the Chowan sophomore class. His play on the football gridiron took him to Temple University, where he was a letter winner for two years, 1968-1969.
He made such an impression on the Temple coaching staff that he stayed on for the 1969 season to serve as a graduate assistant coach. He earned his B.S. from Temple in 1969 and was hired by Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Richmond, Va. as a teacher.
While in Richmond, he continued with his football career playing at the semi-professional level for the Richmond Saints.
He returned to his native North Carolina in 1971 where he wound up coaching for the rest of his career. His coaching stops included Andrew High School and Rock Ridge High School (lost 1-A 1977 finals to Robbinsville) before going to Hunt and Southern.
Edwards, who was Hunt's first football coach (10-1 in 1978) and was at Southern in 1981 (2-8), also had two sons who had solid careers for the Firebirds in the mid 90s - and both played collegiately at the Air Force Academy.
I saw him recently and he looks great. Congrats, Lawrence!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
HCHS, along with SouthWest Edgecombe, Wilson Beddingfield and J.H. Rose make up Rocky Mount's non-conference slate of opponents for this coming season. There will be no endowment contest with powerhouse Kinston like it's played the last two seasons.
The Gryphons will be back in the Nash County Christmas Tournament (Monday, Tuesday, Dec. 28 and 29) as they did not receive an invitation back to the GlaxoSmithKline Basketball Invitational this Christmas. The NCCT will be held at Northern Nash this season.
The Big East Conference will hold its first league tournament at Wilson Hunt, Monday-Friday, Feb. 15-19.
Monday, October 19, 2009
They picked off four passes and returned all four for touchdowns! Doesn't it sound unbelievable?
D'Issac Jordan - a 50-yard return ... Justin Watson - a 70-yard return ... Watson - a 30-yard return .. Michael Stephenson - a 22-yard return.
The Bears forced Pasquotank into eight total turnovers on the night.
It may be a defensive category Rick Strunk and guys in Chapel Hill might have to now create!
LEE, LOUISBURG ROLLING: Former Rocky Mount assistant - now Louisburg head football coach Chris Lee has his team rolling.
They may be force to reckoned with in the 2-A East bracket come playoff time. They have comfortably moved from the 1-A ranks and have posted a 7-1 overall record so far this season. The Warriors (a third set of them, no less - earlier tidbit) had their only loss come in a 27-21 overtime defeat to fellow Northern Carolina Conference member Roanoke Rapids.
Quite a recovery after losing two running backs to graduation that combined for 11,000 total rushing yards and the cloud of a sex scandal involving their former head coach.
Speaking of RoRap, former Northern Nash assistant Russell Weinstein is now in his second season with the Yellow Jackets. After a shaky start. Weinstein's group could win the league title if it can finish the season with wins over North Johnston and Northwest Halifax. They are 6-3 overall, 4-0 in the conference.
Weinstein has some Nash County help with him as former NN coach Al Carter is assisting him this season. And to complete the move from Nash County, former Red Oak Middle School AD and football coach Chad Thompson is now an assistant principal at Roanoke Rapids.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
But one thing is for certain. It will not be N.C. State.
I saw Mabry earlier this week and he told me that State hasn't shown any interest in him of late, so the Wolfpack is off his radar.
Mabry, in an interview with Rocky Mount alum Jason Jordan in a posted online interview this summer, stated that he would make his college decision before the start of school.
Of course, that deadline has come and long gone. Now he says he's not in any hurry to make a decision and very well may not sign until this spring.
LSU, Clemson and Miami are high on his list, but none of the N.C. big boys are on his list - namely UNC or Wake Forest. He still has five official visits to make.
The 6-foot-6 forward will become the school's all-time leading scorer - possibly before the Christmas break. Former Gryphon super guard Phil Ford has held the record for 35 years at 2,093 points!
He did it in three seasons, while Mabry will do it in about three and a half. But by the time he's finished, it may be another 35 years before anyone touches his record.
An update to this is that I ran into Tashawn's mother Latanya a few days after seeing him and she says he will have his mind made up by the start of basketball season.
We will see!
See a slight similarity?
Bass (5-11, 177) ran 20 times for 87 yards and a touchdown in Hunt's 45-0 win at Northern Nash. He is the Warriors' leading rusher this season with 147 carries for 957 yards and 10 TDs. As far as Big East teams go, he's the top rusher - just ahead of Southern Nash sophomore Tracey Coppedege (119-910, nine TDs).
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
He picked up 56 yards on 17 carries to bring his career total to 3,052 yards. His 49 rushing touchdowns is tops among all Nash County players. But he has a shot at the Twin Counties record - 64 by North Edgecombe's Milton Shaw.
But who does he join in the 3,000-yard club among all-time Nash County players?
The leader of the club is Julius Peppers (3,501) of Southern Nash, followed by former Firebird Lamont Avent, Ahmad Leonard of Northern Nash and J.J. Arrington of Northern. I have their numbers, but at the time of writing this blog entry, they are out of my grasp. I will add them later ... promise!
If you look at the Twin Counties and toss in Edgecombe County, the numbers rise considerably.
The leader would be Shaw (6,168), followed by former SouthWest Edgecombe star Jerome Staton (5,003). Tarboro's Derrick Harrell would be No. 3 (mid-4,000).
Most area fans would be shocked to find out that former Tarboro great Kelvin Bryant never reached the 3,000-yard mark in his career. Most assuredly, they'd guess that he's the Vikings' all-time leading rusher.
But they would be wrong!
Somewhere between Nashville and Spring Hope, I know Meredith Tucker Bass is smiling right now.
I know chasing a new toddler around is giving her untold joy, but she has to be busting at the seams to know that Rocky Mount High is fielding a girls golf team for the first time since she served as head coach for one year back in the late 90s.
Given that the 1990 RMHS alum is the best girls golfer - make that, the best golfer RMHS has ever produced, period - and she had to play on the boys team to even participate in the game at all.
But when she won the 1989 NCHSAA girls medalist state title in Chapel Hill (the same day of the Oakland-San Francisco World Series earthquake, by the way), she put RM golf on the map.
She went on to a solid collegiate career at North Carolina, but I know she would have loved having a team of her own peers.
I hope Emily Brown, Kourtney Sanders and Morgan Lewis, the three girls who make up RM's revived team this season, will continue to encourage their friends and peers to pick up the game and join the squad.
This is one program I hope won't get scrapped due to financial cuts.
1. Charlotte Independence (11) (7-0) 137 1
2. Matthews Butler (3) (5-0) 128 2
3. Fayetteville Britt (6-0) 110 3
4. Jamestown Ragsdale (7-0) 95 4
5. West Forsyth (6-0) 70 6
6. Richmond County (5-1) 68 5
7. Wake Forest-Rolesville (6-0) 47 7
8. Mallard Creek (5-1) 39 8
T9. Winston-Salem Reynolds (6-0) 30 10
T9. Greensboro Dudley (6-1) 30 9
Others receiving votes: Raleigh Leesville Road 6, Southeast Raleigh 6, Harnett Central 2, Alexander Central 1, Greensboro Page 1.
1. West Rowan (14) (7-0) 140 1
2. Lenoir Hibriten (6-0) 115 4
3. Hertford County (7-0) 100 5
4. Belmont South Point (6-1) 88 6
5. Asheville (4-0-1) 64 7
6. Eastern Alamance (5-1) 46 2
7. Waynesville Tuscola (4-1-1) 39 8
8. Northern Guilford (5-1) 37
9. Havelock (5-1) 36 9
10. Shelby Crest (5-1) 34 3
Others receiving votes: Marvin Ridge 25, Gastonia Forestview 15, Pikeville Aycock 11, Fayetteville Westover 9, West Craven 5, R-S Central 4, Franklin 2.
1. Reidsville (12) (6-0) 137 1
2. Tarboro (6-0) 121 3
3. SouthWest Edgecombe (2) (7-0) 116 4
4. East Duplin (6-0) 95 5
5. Pittsboro Northwood (7-0) 85 6
6. Kinston (6-1) 55 8
7. Shelby (5-1) 49 7
8. Newton-Conover (5-1) 47 2
9. East Bladen (6-0) 37 9
10. Catawba Bandys (5-1) 11
Others receiving votes: East Burke 8, East Lincoln 4, Louisburg 2, Canton Pisgah 1, Boonville Starmount 1, Burnsville Mountain Heritage 1.
1. Mt. Airy (11) (6-0) 137 1
2. Albemarle (3) (6-0) 127 2
3. Southwest Onslow (6-0) 100 3
4. Hendersonville (6-0) 93 4
5. East Surry (6-0) 82 5
6. Monroe (6-0) 72 6
7. Manteo (6-0) 56 7
8. Kernersville McGuinness (6-0) 37 9
9. Pender County (5-0) 22
10. Robbinsville (4-1) 17
Others receiving votes: Elkin 8, Southeast Halifax 7, Bessemer City 6, Murphy 2, Wallace-Rose Hill 2, Williamston 1, Creswell 1.
Come Friday, Oct. 23, a probable 9-0 SouthWest Edgecombe team will be hosting a probable 8-0 Tarboro squad. I just wish every other game in the area could be rained out that night so everyone in the Twin Counties area could pile into Pinetops to witness this one!
It promises to be a classic. And who knows, they might be scalping tickets for this tilt! I can guarantee there will be plenty of cars lined up parked on N.C. 43.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
He has a torn ACL in his left knee and he is out for the season. And with that, Varnell's baseball career may well be over as well as such an injury takes at least nine months to heal.
He has such hopes of coming back for the Greenville Rose game, but alas, those hopes were dashed after a day of practice Monday that saw him re-injure that knee.
I really feel for Carter and the team. His leadership and skills will be sorely missed.
I can't remember a time - certainly not in this century, that injuries have played such a big part in the Gryphons' season. Normally, no more than two starters had missed much time out at any one time. So, certainly, this may be the biggest single loss to injury since QB Jason Tyler went down with a broken wrist his junior season.
My best to Carter and his family and I know he will be urging on his teammates the rest of the season on the sidelines.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Class 4-A1. Charlotte Independence (9) 4-0 126 1
2. Matthews Butler (4) 3-0 119 3
3. Fayetteville Britt 4-0 100 4
4. Jamestown Ragsdale 4-0 88 5
5. Richmond County 3-1 70 2
6. West Forsyth 4-0 57 7
7. Wake Forest-Rolesville 4-0 56 6
8. Mallard Creek 3-1 31 9
9. Greensboro Dudley 3-1 22 10
10. Winston-Salem Reynolds 4-0 11 _
Others receiving votes: Greensboro Page 10, Southeast Raleigh 6, Lake Norman 5, Raleigh Leesville Road 5, East Mecklenburg 3, Greensboro Grimsley 2, Asheville Reynolds 2, Harnett Central 1, Southern Pines Pinecrest 1.
Class 3-A1. West Rowan (13) 4-0 130 1
2. Eastern Alamance 3-0 102 2
3. Shelby Crest 3-0 89 4
4. Lenoir Hibriten 4-0 77 8
5. Havelock 3-0 70 6
6. Belmont South Point 3-1 49 9
7. Rocky Mount 2-1 44 3
8. Hertford County 4-0 35 _
9. R-S Central 4-0 18 _
10. Asheville 1-1 16 _
Others receiving votes: Fayetteville Byrd 14, Charlotte Catholic 13, Kannapolis Brown 11, Waynesville Tuscola 11, Northern Guilford 7, Southern Nash 6, West Craven 5, Pikeville Aycock 5, Western Alamance 4, Kings Mountain 3, Wilson Hunt 3, Marvin Ridge 2, Fayetteville Westover 1.
Class 2-A1. Reidsville (10) 4-0 126 1
2. Newton-Conover (2) 4-0 113 2
3. Tarboro (1) 4-0 107 3
4. SouthWest Edgecombe 4-0 89 5
5. Kinston 4-0 69 7
6. East Duplin 3-0 57 8
7. Canton Pisgah 3-1 35 4
8. Shelby 2-1 28 6
9. Pittsboro Northwood 4-0 15 _
10. Burnsville Mountain Heritage 3-0 14 _
(tie) Catawba Bandys 3-0 14 _
Others receiving votes: Lincolnton 12, East Bladen 9, Jacksonville Northside 6, South Granville 6, Winston-Salem Carver 6, Louisburg 5, East Lincoln 3, East Burke 1.
Class 1-A1. Mt. Airy (7) 4-0 124 2
2. Albemarle (6) 4-0 121 1
3. Williamston 3-0 85 3
4. Elkin 3-0 80 4
5. Hendersonville 3-0 79 5
6. Southwest Onslow 4-0 76 6
7. East Surry 3-0 42 9
8. Warsaw Kenan 2-1 29 8
9. Monroe 4-0 23 _
10. Manteo 3-0 21 _
Others receiving votes: Cherokee 8, Wallace-Rose Hill 8, Murphy 6, Robbinsville 6, Bessemer City 4, South Stanly 2, Pender County 1.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Now primarily the home of Northern Durham's football teams, Durham County has plunked down $8 million for some major renovations to the 50-year-old stadium - coming in three phases. Rocky Mount's football fans, who last saw the Gryphons play there in 1999, observed much of Phase I's upgrades Saturday evening when they arrived to watch the Gryphons take on the Knights.
Phase I, which began this past April, consists of an artificial turf football and soccer playing field, new scoreboard, storage facility and a high school level track and field facility. The scoreboard and field are in and it was played on for the very first time Saturday night.
It is the only artificial turf (field turf) high school field in eastern North Carolina. They are several in the western part of the state - including every high school in Buncombe County (T.C. Roberson, Asheville, A.C. Reynolds, Enka, Owen, Erwin, North Buncombe).
Phase II will consist of new outbuildings for the south grandstand containing public restrooms, concessions buildings and ticket booths. Also, this phase will implement landscaping improvements and new paved ADA parking spaces for both north and south grandstands.
Phase III, which begins after the conclusion of the 2009 football season, will see the renovation of the existing locker rooms, public restrooms and concession stands within the north and south grandstands as well as the construction of a new, expanded press box facility.
The press box will be ADA compliant and include elevator access, open and enclosed viewing areas, two coaches’ boxes, media/broadcast booth, announcer/scoring booth, and video deck. All enclosed spaces will be heated and air conditioned.
Amen to that! It was quite a steep climb to get to that current press box.
With all the changes due to be completed by the beginning of next season, the 8,000-seat facility would make a fine site for a state championship football contest(s) should the NCHSAA want to bring it back to Durham.
Duke University dropped out of the current rotation to host state championship games a few years back, but this cozy and future state-of-the-art stadium would be just perfect for the 1-As or 2-As state finals.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Campbell opens its season at home Sept. 5 against Methodist.
Someone compiled, percentage-wise, the 30 winningest high school football programs in the state. There should be no surprise that the No. 1 spot belongs to Richmond County. Charlotte Independence is not listed, which surprised me.
But I am not surprised that new Big East Conference member Wilson Hunt is on the list at No. 24. B.W. Holt's old stomping ground Starmount made the list at No. 20. Well over half of the Rams' wins are on Holt's ledger.
The record in parenthesis is the school's 2008 football season mark.
Where does Rocky Mount fall in relation to all this?
Well, after the Gryphons' win Saturday at Northern Durham, which is No. 3 on the all-time list, to start the school's 56th season of football, Rocky Mount's all-time record is 366-217-13 with a winning percentage of .6241.
I imagine we'd make the top 50, if the list went that far - not bad considering that over 350 schools play football in this state!
N.C.'s Winningest High School Football Schools1. Richmond Sr., NC---(12-2)------.8224: 387-82-5
2. Clinton, NC---------(8-6)-------.7366: 490-173-7
3. Durham Northern, NC----(5-7)---.7325: 449-164-0
4. SW Onslow, NC------(9-3)------.7313: 283-104-0
5. A.L. Brown, NC------(13-3)-----.7303: 463-165-19
6. Wallace-Rose Hill, NC---(2-10)---.7239: 435-165-3
7. Brevard, NC---------(6-6)------.7151: 476-186-12
8. Shelby, NC---------(9-4)-------.7053: 677-268-51
9. Chrltte Cntry Day, NC---(8-3)---.7047: 398-165-6
10. Greensboro Page, NC---(9-5)---.7028: 379-158-8
11. T.W. Andrews, NC----(8-4)-----.7012: 343-145-4
12. Tuscola, NC-------(11-2)-------.6947: 566-244-17
13. Fuquay-Varina, NC----(11-2)----.6811: 359-167-4
14. Sylva-Webster, NC---(closed)---.6803: 205-95-5
15. Forest Hills, NC------(11-4)-----.6796: 339-159-3
16. Brlngtn Cummings, NC----(4-8)--.6755: 341-163-3
17. West Craven, NC----(15-1)-----.6754: 258-124-0
18. Swain Cty, NC--------(5-7)-----.6753: 448-211-17
19. Mt. Airy, NC-------(16-0)-------.6749: 562-266-18
20. Starmount, NC-----(11-4)------.6728: 329-159-4
21. Reidsville, NC--------(16-0)----.6726: 628-296-38
22. Maiden, NC----------(6-6)-----.6689: 478-231-22
23. Thomasville, NC------(16-0)----.6681: 586-283-32
23. Farmville Ctrl, NC-----(1-10)----.6670: 295-147-1
24. Wilson Hunt, NC------(4-8)-----.6628: 230-117-0
25. Hickory, NC---------(6-6)------.6606: 603-304-24
26. Belmont South Point, NC-----(13-2)-----.6554: 295-153-9
27. Havelock, NC---------(8-4)----.6553: 372-194-7
28. Charlotte Cth, NC----(11-3)----.6523: 391-207-6
29. Swanannoa Owen, NC-------------(4-7)----.6504: 364-195-3
30. Concord, NC---------(3-7)-----.6459: 556-298-30
Sunday, August 23, 2009
WILSON BEDDINGFIELD 29, NORTHERN NASH 14
Wilson Beddingfield scored 23 unanswered points in this season-opening contest at Death Valley for both squads.
Beddingfield senior quarterback Lance Price was 12-for-25 for 198 yards and three touchdowns, while Bruin back Monteith Lucas ran for 126 yards on 18 carries.
Kris Horton led the Northern rushing attack with 68 yards on 15 carries including a 16-yard TD run in the first period. Knights QB Tavis Richardson was 2-of-4 for 25 yards.
The passing game and some crucial Nash Central turnovers early got Tarboro a 27-0 lead at halftime in the Dawg Pound Friday.
Tarboro QB Markel Pettaway hit Lekevious Battle with scoring passes of 57 and 43 yards in the second period to push the Vikings to their big lead at intermission.
Nash Central managed just 137 yards of offense on the night and just six first downs. Dequan Battle led the Bulldog rushing attack with 42 yards on 12 carries.
SOUTHERN NASH 37, FRANKLINTON 28
The Firebirds' Terron Huffman ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns (40, 45) in a contest that was marred by a fight on the field between the two teams. Southern piled up 379 yards of total offense. Tracy Coppedge also scored twice in the game (8, 15).
Southern's fumbles cost them their large lead in the contest. The Firebirds layed the ball on the ground nine times and they lost it four times.
Penalites also made a mess of the contest. All told, a combined 233 yards of penalites were flagged on both squads.
WILSON FIKE 14, D.H. CONLEY 8
Fike trailed 8-0 at halftime, but got solid running performances from Tyler Newman and Lawrence Hardy to get the victory in Greenville.
Newman ran in from 12 yards out and Fike's DeAndreye Hill threw a two-point conversion to tie it at 8-all in the third period.
Hardy capped the comeback later in third when when he bulled his way in from a yard out.
Newman, a sophomore transfer from Kansas who had earlier in the week been on the JV sqaud, led Fike with 77 yards on 11 carries, while Hardy had 19 carries for 73 yards.
WILSON HUNT 42, EASTERN WAYNE 14
Hunt head coach Randy Raper, in his 19th season, said he wanted more from his running game this season with his salvaged Pro-I offense and he got in Goldsboro Friday night.
Junior Caleb Bass rushed for a career-high 201 yards - 128 of it coming in the first half, in the battle of the Warriors. Behind Bass' running, Hunt led 20-0 by the end of the first quarter.
Cameron Williams helped out Hunt's running attack with 117 yards on 14 carries and two scores.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Goodwin, considered unsignable by most clubs due to his solid commitment to UNC and the possible high signing price tag being suggested to clubs by his advisor Scott Boras, went in the 17th round of the MLB Draft back in June to the White Sox.
GOODWIN HELPS MIDLAND TO TITLE- Brian spent his summer playing for the Midland (Oh.) Redskins - one of the top amateur teams in the nation. Midland proved that last week as it won the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M. with a 7-1 victory over the Dallas DBAT Mustangs.
The American Amateur Baseball Congress is the sponsoring organization of the Connie Mack World Series. The A.A.B.C. provides activities for youth and young adult baseball players through seven league divisions in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Connie Mack regular season play allows players ages 16 to 18 to participate.The World Series has been played in Farmington (pop. approx. 44,000) since 1965 and is played at the 5,000-seat Ricketts Park.
Goodwin went 1-for-3 in the title game and scored a run, though he reached base four times (hit, hit by pitch, error, walk). He was one of six Redskin players to make the event's All-Tournament team.
Midland claimed its 11th national championship with the victory and its second in the last three years.
Perhaps it's only right that the CMWS is played in Farmington. Farmington High School, a 4-A school with about 1,500 students, has won 13 baseball state championships - including four straight from 2005 to 2008. The school has won 47 state titles overall.
Looks like WZAX 99.3 FM will be carrying high school football games this season, after all.
I had heard the station wasn't going to do a "Game of the Week" this season, but apparently my sources were wrong. I ran into its play-by-play guy Paul Andre at the Big East Conference's coaching meeting last week and he provided me a list of games the station, now known as Jammin' 99.3, will be broadcasting.
As a great number of its advertisers are in Wilson County, a great many of the 12 games it will carry will involve Wilson County high schools.
Here is the schedule, which includes three Rocky Mount games with new head coach Dickie Schock. All the Nash County games are in bold:
WZAX 99.3 "Game of the Week" Schedule
Aug. 21 - Tarboro at Nash Central
Aug. 28 - Wilson Fike at Wilson Hunt
Sept. 4 - Wilson Beddingfield at Southern Nash
Sept. 11 - Wilson Beddingfield at Wilson Fike
Sept. 18 - Wilson Hunt at Wilson Beddingfield
Sept. 25 - Eastern Wayne at Wilson Fike
Oct. 2 - Greenville Rose at Rocky Mount
Oct. 9 - Wilson Beddingfield at SW Edgecombe
Oct. 16 - Wilson Hunt at Rocky Mount
Oct. 23 - Rocky Mount at Wilson Fike
Oct. 30 - Nash Central at Wilson Hunt
Nov. 6 - Wilson Hunt at Wilson Fike
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Mike Hennen will provide the play-by-play, while Chris Mitchell will handle the color analyst duties.
Rocky Mount, which will appear on the show four times, has its games bold faced on the schedule.
Sept. 4 - North Edgecombe at SW Edgecombe
Sept. 11 - Tarboro at North Edgecombe
Sept. 18 - SW Edgecombe at Rocky Mount
Sept. 25 - WHIG-TV Studio Show - season recap/conference preview
Oct. 2 - Southern Nash at Nash Central
Oct. 9 - Nash Central at Rocky Mount
Oct. 16 - Northern Nash at Southern Nash
Oct. 23 - Tarboro at SW Edgecombe
Oct. 30 - Southern Nash at Rocky Mount
Nov. 6 - Rocky Mount at Northern Nash
As for live radio broadcasts of county teams, only Rocky Mount's football games will be on the air this season.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
And they didn't have to go far to find him. Just 17 miles down I-85.
Former Graham head coach Pat Moser has accepted the head football coaching position with the Panthers.
Moser, 44, has suffered through several years of health problems since stepping down at Graham in 2004. He led Graham to consecutive NCHSAA 1-A state championships in 1999 and 2000.
He was 71-24 in his eight seasons at Graham.
Here are Rocky Mount's new men on campus - or should I say, gridiron.
In the top photo, new head Gryphon football coach Dickie Schock gives out some instruction during Monday's practice - Day 2 of the 2009 preseason. The offense will get most of Schock's attention this season as offensive coordinator Jason Battle will not be returning to the staff this season.
In the bottom photo, new assistant coach Elbert Thomas (red shorts) has a talk with potential offensive linemen. Thomas, who most recently was the head coach at West Montgomery, will guide the offensive line.