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    Page Ten—THE GRYPHON—Thursday, September 30, 1976
Varsity Team Off
To A Good Start
BYNUM AVOIDS TACKLERS...Senior tailback Lloyd Bynum
dodges tacklers for a possible score. [photo by Clay Harris]
JV’s Play Well
The Rocky Mount Jayvees
opened their season by blitzing
Tarboro Vikings 40 to 6.
The Gryphons scored first
when Sylvester Cooper inter
cepted a deflected pass and
scampered 15 yards for the
touchdown. Quarterback Marty
Hendershot connected with
Anthony Pinknett for the two
point conversion.
Rodney Birth scored on a
45-yard run in the second
quarter and Cordell Davis
scored the two point conversion.
Junior quarterback Billy
Luther hit Linwood Silver for a
touchdown in the third quarter
making the score 24 to 0.
Tailback Cordell Davis domi
nated the fourth quarter by
scoring on two runs of 25 yards
each. Davis accounted for one
conversion and Luther hit
Pinknett for the other making
the Gryphs lead 40 points.
Tarboro finally scored in the last
minutes of the game.
The Goldsboro Cougars out
lasted the Gryphs Junior Varsity
by a score of 14-6 September 9.
The Cougars recovered a Billy
Luther fumble and rambled in
for a touchdown.
In the third quarter the
Cougars mounted a drive that
ended with a 35-yard counter up
the middle for six points. The
The Gryphons bring in a solid
nucleus of proven veterans to
the 1976 season. Also the
coaches are pleased with some
young players. Rocky Mount is
the pre-season pick of Division I
coaches to head the conference
race. The “Gryphs” were
expected to have an explosive
offense and a weak defense.
Instead of explosive offense
it was the traditional Gryphon
defense which prevailed in the
season opener over Tarboro
14-0. The “Gryphs” enjoyed a
strong first half as Quarterback
Lindon Willis tossed a pair of
touchdown strikes to sophomore
Mike Lewis. Kicker Rocky
Speight added the point after
touchdowns as he is expected to
do all season. The win avenged
an 8-0 loss to Tarboro last
season. Junior Jim Laughridge
and Sophomore Mike Lewis
were cited as “Gryphons of the
New Hanover
A long Gryphon drive ending
in a one yard run by Mike
Upchurch was all the “Gryphs”
needed as the defense kept New
Hanover scoreless. A couple of
dropped Gryphon passes kept
the score close. After the game
Coach Walt Wiggins stated,
“We are happy to get the win.
Our defense played super...Our
offense bogged own again and 1
don’t know why.” Seniors Mike
Upchurch and Dennis Colt were
chosen as “Gryphons of the
Week.” Final Rocky Mount 7,
New Hanover 0.
Goldsboro, ranked number
three in the state, shut out the
Grypyhons 19-0 on three big
plays. One touchdown came on
a freak play when a Goldsboro
ball carrier fumbled the ball and
it was picked up by a teammate
and run in for the score. Coach
Walt Wiggins said at the half,
“We’ve out played them except
for that long touchdown pass.”
He was referring to a 48-yard
bomb from quarterback Steve
Brown to wide receiver John
Fredrick. But the second half
was all Goldsboro. The Gry
phon’s feelings were summed
up by junior guard Pat Warren
when he stated, “All we need is
a break.” Gryphons of the Week
were junior linebacker Peter
Allen and junior end Terry
Needham Broughton
The Gryphons offense ex
ploded in the first period with a
20-yard pass from Lindon Willis
to Dee Whitley and a fine open
field touchdown run by Lloyd
Bynum of 45 yards. In the
second quarter a fumble
recovery by Dennis Coit set up
another score. Willis passed to
Mike Lewis down to the 21 yard
line. A Gryphon penalty brought
the ball back to the 35 yard
before Terry McKnight pulled
in a Willis aerial for the score.
The Gryphon offense slowed
down in the second half and was
held scoreless while Raleigh’s
offense picked up and scored on
a fourth quarter run by Marvin
Cobb. Penalties killed the
Gryphons offensive drives but
again defense came through in
the clutch. Final Rocky Mount
14, Broughton, 6.
Coaches and players appear
confident, but not over confi
dent that this year’s squad has
the makings of a championship
team. Many pollsters have
picked the Gryphons among the
top five teams in the state. At
this point in the season Coach
Wiggins stated, “We’re going
to get better.”
Gryphs struck back when Kelvin
Hart caught a 20-yard touch
down pass from Billy Luther but
were unable to score again.
The Broughton Caps watched
the JV Gryphs roll up a 36-6
victory September 15.
Billy Luther hit Kelvin Hart
with a 40-yard touchdown pass
to open the scoring in the
second quarter. Luther then
threw to Anthony Pinknett for
the two-point conversion. Syl
vester Cooper’s four yard
plunge gave the Gryphs a 14-0
halftime lead. Luther found
Pinknett in the open again for a
score, and Linwood Silver added
two points.
The Gryphons scored two
touchdowns of 20 and 10 yards
on the shifty runs of Silver.
Rodney Birt completed the
scoring with another conver
sion. Broughton scored in the
last seconds of the game.
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