Thursday, September 16, 2010

Another coach about to join Holt and the boys

Former Rocky Mount head football coach B.W. Holt paid a visit to the Gryphons' sideline last Friday night against Hertford County at the Rocky Mount Athletic Complex. Holt saw his former squad win 21-20.  (Photo/David Hahula)
If Providence Day (3-0) should upset Charlotte Catholic (4-0) Thursday evening, one more North Carolina high school head football coach will join the coveted 300-career victory club.

Bruce Hardin will join a gathering of seven head football coaches, including former Rocky Mount head coach B.W. Holt, should his Providence Day team beat another club member in Charlotte Catholic's Jim Oddo and his Cougar squad on the road.

Hardin got a great majority of his wins while coaching at Kannapolis Brown.

Also close to the mark is Murphy's David Gentry. He needs just three more wins to reach that coveted milestone.

Here are those seven current members with their total victories going into this football season:

N.C.'s Winningest High School Football Coaches

1. Bob Paroli (387 at six schools, including Douglas Byrd and Fayetteville 71st)
2. Jack Holley (380 at three schools, including Wallace-Rose Hill)
3. Tom Brown (352 at Bunker Hill and Maiden)
4. B.W. Holt (321 at six schools, including Starmount, Rocky Mount)
T5. Jim Oddo (305 at Charlotte Catholic)
T5. Daryl Allen (305 at Ahoskie/Hertford County)
7. Babe Howell (301 at Sylva-Webster/Smoky Mountain, Avery County).

A GRYPHON GLIMPSE - Arizona senior Travis Cobb

This is the first of a series of posts following past Gryphon athletes who are still performing on the college stage.

Today were are looking at former Rocky Mount baseball and football player Travis Cobb. He is a senior wide receiver/kick returner for the University of Arizona Wildcats football team.

The Wildcats have gotten out to a 2-0 start (huge wins over Toledo and the Citadel) and are ranked 24th in the lastest Associated Press poll.

Through two games, Cobb (6-1, 180) has caught five receptions for 45 yards, and run twice for 20 yards. He has returned three kickoffs for 79 yards, with a 39-yarder for his season high.

But he and his Wildcat teammates will face their biggest challenge so far this season when they entertain No. 11-ranked Iowa in Tuscon Saturday evening.

(A Gryphon Glimpse is a regular series of posts featuring former Rocky Mount High School athletes or coaches.)