Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Alston tops 3,000 career rushing yards

Rocky Mount senior running back Marquavis Alston topped the 3,000-yard career rushing mark Friday evening in the Gryphons' 16-13 loss to J.H. Rose.

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!

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