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On campus: SWE grad Williams helps App State break into Top 25

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Wisconsin running back Taiwan Deal runs for a touchdown against Illinois on Saturday. Northern Nash grad Isaiah Gay and the Illini lost, 49-20.

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By PATRICK MASON
Sports Writer

Sunday, October 21, 2018

A SouthWest Edgecombe grad helped Appalachian State earn a Top 25 ranking for the first time in program history.

Elsewhere, several teams had bye weeks as the final stretch of conference games gets underway. Let’s get started on the weekly catchup.

Sherrod Greene, South Carolina: The Gamecocks had a bye this past weekend, and will host Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. In last week’s loss to Texas A&M, the Rocky Mount High grad had a team-high 12 total tackles, including 10 solo, and added a tackle for a loss and a pass breakup.

Isaiah Gay, Illinois: The defensive lineman out of Northern Nash played but did not record any stats in the Illini’s 49-20 loss to Wisconsin.

Tahj Deans, East Carolina: The wide receiver from Southern Nash did not play in the Pirates’ 37-10 loss to Central Florida.

Houshun Gaines, Virginia Tech: The Nash Central grad and the Hokies had an off week after an Oct. 13 win over North Carolina. Virginia Tech is back in action this Thursday when it hosts Georgia Tech at 7:30 p.m.

Nadir Thompson, Virginia Tech: The former Southern Nash star and Hokies true freshman will miss the remainder of the season due to injury. He will redshirt this season.

Kendrick Bell, Charleston Southern: The true freshman running back out of Southern Nash did not participate in the Buccaneers’ 41-7 win over Presbyterian.

Dae’one Wilkins, Furman: The Southern Nash grad and Paladins freshman did not participate in Furman’s 38-25 loss to Samford.

Marcus Williams Jr., Appalachian State: The Mountaineers sophomore and SouthWest Edgecombe grad ran for 37 yards and a touchdown in a 27-17 win over Louisiana. The win vaulted App State into the AP Top 25 rankings at No. 25. It is the first time in program history the Mountaineers are ranked.

Jack Wellenhofer, UNC Charlotte: The Rocky Mount High grad and UNC Charlotte redshirt sophomore long snapper did not play in a 21-13 loss to Middle Tennessee.

Trey Smelcer, UNC Charlotte: The 49ers freshman punter out of Rocky Mount Academy did not play in UNC Charlotte’s 21-13 loss to Middle Tennessee.

Artavious Richardson, N.C. A&T: The former Rocky Mount High defensive lineman recorded one tackle in the Aggies’ 35-10 win over Bethune-Cookman.

Alex Nobles, North Carolina: The freshman linebacker from Nash Central did not participate in the Tar Heels’ 40-37 double overtime loss to Syracuse. Nobles has not played yet this season for UNC.

NCAA Division II

Bikembe Kearney, UNC Pembroke: Redshirt junior from Rocky Mount High did not play in a 48-34 win over Concord. Kearney, a safety, has 18 tackles and a pass breakup on the season.

Juquay Mitchell, Lenoir-Rhyne: The former Southern Nash star rushed seven times for 38 yards in a 30-22 victory over Fort Valley State. 

Antwoin Pittman, Winston-Salem State: The running back out of North Edgecombe recorded five yards on two rushes in the Rams’ 34-19 win over Livingstone.

Broderick Caudle, Fayetteville State: The free safety out of Rocky Mount High recorded two tackles, including one for a loss, in the Broncos’ 31-28 win over St. Augustine’s.

Thomas Battle, Fayetteville State: The defensive lineman from Rocky Mount High did not play in the Broncos’ 31-28 win over St. Augustine’s.

NCAA Division III

Jonathan Stallings, N.C. Wesleyan: The Faith Christian grad, who was part of the Patriots’ first football season in 2017, did not play on Saturday in the Bishops’ 29-21 win over Brevard in a USA South Conference game.

Joshua Carter, Methodist University: The senior wide receiver out of Rocky Mount High had one rushing attempt for no gain, and one reception for 29 yards in a 42-6 win over Greensboro College. Methodist will play in Rocky Mount at N.C. Wesleyan this Saturday.

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