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Gryphons to meet Falcons
by Hill Matthews
The Rocky Mount Gryphons will
meet the Fayetteville Seventy-first
Falcons tonight in the quarterfinals of
the state 4A football playoffs.
Fayetteville Seventy-first defeated
Cary 14-0 last Friday in the post-season
opener, and will bring an 8-3 record to
Rocky Mount. The Gryphons, now 10-1,
trampled Enloe 28-13 last week in their
first playoff game.
“Rocky Mount is a very talented foot
ball team with a lot of top>-notch
players,” said Falcon Head Coach Bob
by Poss. “Offensively, they’re as good a
team as we’ve seen. We’re going to
have to have a good first down defense
and work hard at playing keys if we’re
going to stop them.”
“I feel that Seventy-first is a good
football team and we’re working hard
to prepare our team, particularly our
defense,” said Gryphon Head Coach
The Falcons run an I formation of
fense led by quarterback Kevin
Wardlaw. The Falcons get most of their
yardage on the ground, although they
have had some success with their pass
ing attack. Tailback Greg Williams
leads the Falcons in rushing with over
1,100 yards this season, including a
153-yard performance against Cary last
The Gryphons netted 199 passing
yards against Enloe, including three
touchdown receptions by Ken Weaver
and one by Paul Merritt. Quarterback
Eddie Coats completed 13 of 21 passes
with one interception, averaging just
over 14 yards per completion. Kelvin
Farmer led the rushing attack Friday
with 104 yards and Kane Wilson chip
ped in with 35 yards.
by Gray Armstrong
Grjrphon Sports Editor
After a 13-4 record last year, the
grappling Gryphons are expecting an
even better season this year.
One reason the Gryphons are so op
timistic is that the team lost only two
wrestlers from last year. “I think we
may have the best team ever. We have
so many good wrestlers,” Coach Stan
The only major problem with the
team is that there is a need of a 98
pound wrestler. “We need a wrestler of
about 98 pounds. If we do not find one,
we will forfeit six points a match. That
will really hurt,” Mr. Bastian said.
Another problem could be that the
wrestling team has too many good
wrestlers in the same weight class.
“We have got some very good
wrestlers who are in the same weight
class. This means they will have to
bump heads to see which one will wres
tle in the meets. If we could only move
them to another class,” Mr. Bastian
The toughest part of the season could
be right at the beginning. Right now
with the football team in the state
playoffs, the football and wrestling
seasons are overlapping. Some of the
key members of the wrestling team are
also members of the football team,
which means that they have been
unable to practice wrestling so far.
The first match of the regular season
is slated for December 4, against
Southern Wayne at Southern Wayne.
November 20,1981 —
SENIOR KELVIN FARMER breaks tackle for a long gain ag:ainst Raleigh Enloe.
The Gryphons won the game 28-13. Tonight, the Gryphons will meet Fayetteville
Seventy-first at Municipal Stadium. (Photo by Roger Winstead.)
a good season
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