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NCCA Announces 2021 East-West All-Star Rosters

GREENSBORO - The North Carolina Coaches Association has named announced the rosters for the 2021 East-West All-Star game that will be played July 21 at Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro.


East Roster

Player Pos. Ht. Wt.High SchoolHS Coach 
JaylinAllenDB6'167Hoggard CraigUnderwood
LeshaunAtchisonWR5'10160DH ConleyNathanConner
DontaAutryLB5'10185South ViewRodneyBrewington
EthanBestOL6'5275Scotland RichardBailey
DaShaunBlountDB6'1160DH Conley NathanConner
AlphonsoBoydOL6'1287Ayden-GriftonToddLipe
KeyonteBronsonDL6'0255Hoke CountygeorgeSmalls
KaleelBrownDL5'11296Richmond BryanTill
JohnCaramanicoDL6'1257Cardinal GibbonsStevenWright
TreyChavisWR6'180ScotlandRichardBailey
TateDavisWR/P6'4181North BrunswickBryanDavis
ZacharyFonvielleOL/LS6'2290South ColumbusRussellDove
JamesGartinOL/SS5'11225Cleveland ScottRiley
JoshuaGeorgeTE/K/P6'3225South ViewRodneyBrewington
JelanGreeneOL6'2305ClaytonShaneHandy
KevinHamiltonDB6´4202J.H. RoseTrashonMatthews
JerronHintonDB5'10175Northeastern AntonioMoore
JoshHollowayDB5'9175Kinston RyanGieselman
KamronHooverWR5'9165HavelockAllenWooten
JordanHughesDL6'2300Northern Nash AndrewFarriss
XavierJohnsonDL6'2250Pine Forest WilliamSochovka
TremelJonesWR5'9170Richmond GregWilliams
WilliamLovickRB5'7190New Bern TorreyNowell
AlonzaMoore JrLB5'10230Havelock AllenWooten
"Hunter" JonathanMorrisLB/LS6'2215Cleveland ScottRiley
MicahNelsonLB6'190Cape FearJacobThomas
JonahPortugalWR/TE6'4210Heritage WallaceClark
DeAndreProctorQB6'3208Camie L ProctorAntonioMoore
TyeSaxbyQB6'1210Hertford CountyTerranceSaxby
JavontaeScottLB6'1220Northampton GeorgePrivott
TristonSpencerDB5'10185Wake ForestReggieLucas
ColtonSullivanRB5'11170Croatan AndrewGurley
BenSwinsonOL6'3280Washington PerryOwens
CoyTurnageOL6'4315ClaytonShaneHandy
OrondeWhitfieldDL6'2285OrondeOrondeWhitfield
TeddyWilsonLB6'1185John A HolmesPaulHoggard
        
Head Coach: PaulCornwell  Ayden Grifton  
Asst. Coaches: RussellDove  South Columbus  
 Ryan Gieselman  Kinston  
 Jake Thomas  Cape Fear  
 Greg Williams  Richmond  
 Steven Wright  Cardinal Gibbons 

West Roster

Player Pos.Ht. Wt.High SchoolHS Coach 
GavinAwtreyOL6'1240Franklin JoshBrooks
JacobBookerDB6'2180A.L. Brown MikeNewsome
CalebBordersWR5'9160Crest NicholasEddins
SterlingBrewerDB6'170Dudley StevenDavis
GradyBrooksOL6'2290Mountain Heritage JoeyRobinson
DesmondCaldwellDB6'170Freedom JustinHawn
ChanceCannonLB5'11195Kings MountainGregLloyd
ZaeClayDL5'11230Salisbury BrianHinson
MalikCorryWR5'8180Hunter HussRandyThompson
JalenFairleyRB5'7175Southeast GuilfordEarlBates
ShayleGashOL6'1265Shelby MikeWilbanks
MarcGoldenLB5'11215A.C Reynolds ShaneLaws
AlphonsoGoodsonDL5'9180Burns DavidDevine
KadenHamptonATH5'11210Chase ChrisCogdill
JakeHillDB6'187West Forsyth AdrienSnow
JaydenHooperLB5'11190R-S CentralBradHutchins
OmariHuntLB5'11190South PointJosephHodge
TravisHunterLB5'9190Thomasville KevinGillespie
WillLenardQB6'1185Northern GuilfordErikWestberg
KristianLyonsDB5'10180Davie County TimDevericks
RayMackeyDB5'11180Hunter HussRandyThompson
JakeMarionPK/P5'11 195North DavidsonBrianFlynn
BlakeMartinDL6'4285Alexander CentralButchCarter
CarterMarzanoOL6'1250West ForsythCarterMarzano
RodneyMcDayWR6'180T.C. RobersonJ. D.Dinwiddie
ZakMcLauchlinWR5'8155Saint Stephens WayneHicks
JoRayeMorrisonRB5'8205Wilkes CentralRonTurner
IsaiahMosquedaOL6'2299Reidsville JimmyTeague
TaujmelMouzonDL5'11300Thomasville KevinGillespie
HezekiaNewbyRB5'11210Eastern GuilfordTonyAguilar
JohnnyPeayWR6'2190Erwin RodneyPruett
JhakiRankinDL6'245Reidsville jamesteague
JaysonRoysterOL6'3310Eastern GuilfordTonyAguilar
ColinSarrattOL6'0290Crest NicholasEddins
JimmyWhisnantLB6'2200Shelby MikeWilbanks
BrodyWhitsonQB6'1190T.C. RobersonJ. D.Dinwiddie
        
Head Coach:DougRobertson  Page  
Asst. Coaches:ClintBland  E. Rutherford  
 ChuckCannon  Wilkes Central  
 David Devine  Burns  
 NickEddins  Crest  
 WayneHicks  St. Stephens 


Vance Goes Back to Back in 4AA with 35-14 Victory Over Rolesville



RALEIGH, NC –  The Vance Cougars knocked out Rolesville 35-14 to win their second straight State Championship. Austin Grier threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cougars and grab the game’s Most Valuable Player honors.

Grier sealed his MVP award with a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes, both to Asuani Allen to push the Vance lead out to 35-14 with 3:03 to go in the third quarter before the Vance offense watched their crushing defense bring things home in the fourth.

The Vance offense was simply prolific, rushing for 331 yards and two scores in the game, as the Cougars racked up 531 yards of total offense in the win. Meanwhile, the Cougar defense was miserly, holding the Rams to just 67 yards of total offense in the game. The Cougars were led defensively by Jalen Swindell who had six tackles, including a sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss on his way to Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors.

Grier got started on his day early, hitting Armon Wright for a 59-yard score just two minutes into the game to go up 7-0. Rolesville answered the early bell, punching back with a touchdown of their own on a 13-yard pass from Byrum Brown to Noah Rogers to tie the game with 6:12 to go in the opening quarter. Rogers collected Most Outstanding Offensive Player recognition for Rolesville, picking up five receptions and 69 yards to go with his two scores.

Vance jumped back in front in the second when Kevin Conception grabbed a pass from Grier and went 14 yards to the house. The Cougars point after attempt was blocked and Vance held a 13-7 lead. Rolesville took the lead just under two minutes later when Rogers hauled in a six-yard touchdown pass from Brown, converting the point after to take their only lead of the game at 14-13 with 6:33 to go in the first half.

Just before halftime, the Cougars snatched the lead back when Dylan Smothers dashed nine yards to paydirt to cap a 12 play, 80-yard drive that ended with just 1:38 to go in the half. Smothers ran for 97 yards on just 12 carries, bringing home Most Outstanding Offensive Performer hardware.

Though they drew a very difficult assignment, trying to contain the Vance skill players, the Rolesville defense performed well, particularly in the first half. Jacorrey Bible finished the night with a game-high 17 tackles, including four tackles for loss. He was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the Rams.

Vance wrapped up the season 9-1. The Cougars were 6-1 in I-Meck 4A play. Vance secured the program’s third straight Regional Title, appearing in the State Championship Game for the third year in a row.

Rolesville finished the season 9-1. The Rams were 5-0 in Northern 4A play. They won the program’s first conference championship, first regional title, and appeared in the State Championship Game for the first time in school history.

The NCHSAA is committed to recognizing and promoting good sportsmanship and has partnered with the NC Farm Bureau to highlight individuals from each State Championship event who exemplify the ideals of outstanding sportsmanship. The 2020-2021 4AA Sportsmanship Award recipients were Jalen Butts from Rolesville and Zarion Jackson-Bass from Vance.

 

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

9:58 – VAN – A. Wright 59 yard pass from A. Grier (M. Benitez kick good) – VAN 7-0 (3 plays, 62 yards, 1:16)

6:12 – ROL – N. Rogers 13 yard pass from B. Brown (D. Versteegen kick good) – Tied 7-7 (5 plays, 24 yards, 1:45)

Second Quarter

8:29 – VAN – K. Conception 14 yard pass from A. Grier (M. Benitez kick blocked) – VAN 13-7 (7 plays, 70 yards, 3:55)

6:33 – ROL – N. Rogers 6 yard pass from B. Brown (D. Versteegen kick good) – ROL 14-13 (4 plays, 28 yards, 1:45)

1:38 – VAN – D. Smothers 9 yard run (M. Benitez kick good) – VAN 20-14 (12 plays, 80 yards, 4:55)

Third Quarter

7:46 – VAN – A. Allen 27 yard pass from A. Grier (M. Benitez kick good) – VAN 27-14 (6 plays, 80 yards, 1:38)

3:03 – VAN – A. Allen 43 yard run (D. Smothers run good) – VAN 35-14 (2 plays, 49 yards, 0:39)

Fourth Quarter

No Scoring





Story courtesy of the NCHSAA

Reidsville Rolls Past Mountain Heritage To Win 2A Title


CHAPEL HILL – Reidsville rolled past Mountain Heritage 35-6 in the 2A State Championship Game, claiming the school’s NCHSAA record 19th State Football Championship. Kyle Pinnix and the Rams offense used their multiple weapons and formations to make the Cougars defend the width of the field, capitalizing on holes with speed, on their way to 407 yards of total offense.

Mountain Heritage did their best to keep the powerful Rams offense off the field, holding possession on the opening drive for more than eight and a half minutes of the first quarter. As they did for the entire game, despite giving up a few first downs, the Rams defense managed to get stops in key situations. Kahree Hayes led the Rams defense with 10 tackles and was selected as the Rams Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

When the Rams finally got their hands on the ball, they were able to strike quickly when Pinnix broke more than half a dozen tackles on his way to a 61-yard touchdown with just 19 seconds to go in the opening quarter putting Reidsville in front 7-0.

The next Reidsville possession was equally successful with Pinnix finding Cam Peoples for a 69-yard touchdown pass to go up 14-0. The Rams closed out the half with a strong nine-play, 46-yard drive capped off by a fourth and goal, one-yard touchdown run by Stevion Harrison with just nine seconds remaining before the half.

Breon Pass brought a nice return of the second-half opening kick to the Mountain Heritage 35, setting Reidsville up with a short field. The Rams made quick work of the 35 yards, covering it in four plays with Pass hauling in a six-yard touchdown pass from Pinnix to go up 28-0. Pass hauled in 5 receptions with 88 yards and two touchdowns as he was selected the Rams Most Outstanding Offensive Player.

Reidsville was highly efficient, scoring four touchdowns on their first four possessions of the game on the way to building that 28-0 lead. Pinnix finished the game with 229 yards through the air and 3 touchdowns. He added another 91 yards on the ground with the one score on his way to being named the Most Valuable Player in the game.

Mountain Heritage moved the ball some on the ground, rushing for 241 yards on 58 plays. Gabe Silvers, Cougars quarterback, handled most of the rushing duties for Mountain Heritage, carrying 29 times for 123 yards in the game. He was selected as the Most Outstanding Player for the Cougars. Jakob McCool was the Most Outstanding Player for the Cougar defense, finishing the game with six tackles and an interception.

Reidsville wrapped up the season 10-0. The Rams were 4-0 in Mid-State 2A play, winning the championship. Reidsville secured the program’s fifth straight Regional Title and third straight State Championship.

Mountain Heritage finished the season 7-2. The Cougars were 2-1 in Western Highlands 1A/2A play. They won the program’s second regional title and appeared in the State Championship Game for the first time since 2009.

The NCHSAA is committed to recognizing and promoting good sportsmanship and has partnered with the NC Farm Bureau to highlight individuals from each State Championship event who exemplify the ideals of outstanding sportsmanship. The 2020-2021 2A Sportsmanship Award recipients were Orion Johnson from Reidsville and Josh Jobe from Mountain Heritage.

 

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

0:19 – RHS – K. Pinnix 61-yard run (A. Franson kick good) – RHS 7-0 (6 plays, 77 yards, 2:54)

Second Quarter

6:28 – RHS – C. Peoples 69-yard pass from K. Pinnix (A. Franson kick good) – RHS 14-0 (1 play, 69 yards, 0:13)

0:09 – RHS – S. Harrison 1-yard run (A. Franson kick good) – RHS 21-0 (9 plays, 46 yards, 4:06)

Third Quarter

10:52 – RHS – B. Pass 6-yard pass from K. Pinnix (A. Franson kick good) – RHS 28-0 (4 plays, 35 yards, 1:08)

Fourth Quarter

4:59 – RHS – B. Pass 53-yard pass from K. Pinnix (A. Franson kick good) – RHS 35-0 (5 plays, 87 yards, 2:12)

0:22 – MH – L. Higgins 2-yard run (J. Branton rush failed) – RHS 35-6 (6 plays, 63 yards, 2:01)




Story courtesy of the NCHSAA

Murphy Holds Off Northside-Pinetown For Gentry's 9th State Title


RALEIGH, NC – The Murphy Bulldogs defense came up with the stops they needed, holding Northside-Pinetown to just six first downs and seven points on their way to winning the 1A State Championship 14-7. The win gave the Bulldogs their tenth Football State Championship in school history, and earning the all-time winningest head football coach in North Carolina history, David Gentry, his ninth state title.

The Bulldogs set the tone early, chewing up 5:39 off the first-quarter clock as they marched 11 plays and 88 yards to go up 6-0 on a two-yard touchdown plunge by Ty Laney with 3:16 to go in the opening quarter. Then the Bulldog defense went to work and shifted the field position in Murphy’s favor. After turning the ball over at the four-yard line, Murphy’s defense forced a Northside punt.

On the next play from scrimmage, Murphy Quarterback Kellen Rumfelt launched a 55-yard bomb to Isra Smith for a touchdown, lifting the Bulldogs to a 14-0 lead after a successful two-point try, which they maintained through the halftime break. Rumfelt paced the Bulldog attack, throwing for 254 yards and the single touchdown on his way to being selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Game. Payton McCracken garnered Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors for Murphy hauling in five passes for 113 yards in the game.

The Murphy defense was stingy all afternoon, holding Northside to just 198 yards of total offense and six first downs. The Bulldog defense was keyed by Ray Rathburn who broke up a pass along with seven tackles in the game as he was chosen as Murphy’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

The lone score for Northside came in the third quarter as James Gorham, the state’s leading rusher this season according to MaxPreps.com, rolled off a 73-yard touchdown trot with 9:19 to go in the third, trimming the Murphy lead to 14-7. Gorham was selected as Northside’s Most Outstanding Performer offensively. The Northside defense kept the Panthers in the game, led by Tyler Harris who picked up nine tackles in the game on his way to Most Outstanding Defensive honors for the Panthers.

Murphy wrapped up the season 10-1. The Bulldogs were 5-1 in Smoky Mountain 1A play. Murphy secured the program’s 13th Regional Title, appearing in the State Championship Game for the first time since winning the 1A title in 2018.

Northside-Pinetown finished the season 8-3. The Rams were 3-2 in Coastal Plains 1A play. They were Regional Champions for the second time in school history and the first time since 2000.

The NCHSAA is committed to recognizing and promoting good sportsmanship and has partnered with the NC Farm Bureau to highlight individuals from each State Championship event who exemplify the ideals of outstanding sportsmanship. The 2020-2021 1A Sportsmanship Award recipients were James Gorham from Northside-Pinetown and Rashad Davis from Murphy.

 

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

3:16 – MUR – T. Laney 2 yard run (T. Laney run failed) – MUR 6-0 (11 plays, 88 yards, 5:39)

Second Quarter

5:52 – MUR – I. Smith 55 yard pass from K. Rumfelt (T. Laney pass from K. Rumfelt good) – MUR 14-0 (1 play, 55 yards, 0:09)

Third Quarter

9:19 – NS – J. Gorham 73 yard run (C. Tomaini kick good) – MUR 14-7 (2 plays, 73 yards, 0:52)

Fourth Quarter

No Scoring





Story courtesy of the NCHSAA