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August 17, 2018

What a way to start a season.

Rocky Mount Academy, which won the NCISAA 2-A state title last November, found itself playing a familiar opponent in Friday’s opener.

The Eagles faced Arendell Parrott Academy, the same team they had defeated for the title and had played in many memorable games…


Fresh Start: Bridges, Lynch lead Gryphons to opening-night win

August 17, 2018

On prep football's first Friday of the season, it was a good night to be Rodell Bridges.

Last season, the Rocky Mount High senior played almost exclusively on defense as a middle linebacker, rushing just eight times for 32 all-purpose yards of offense. One game into 2018, he’s already…


Armed and Ready: Coach Battle, Lynch look to switch the style up

August 16, 2018

This is a condensed version of our story that will run in next week’s football preview magazine. Look for it in Sunday, Aug. 26’s Telegram edition, and at next Friday’s football games.


Prep football: Five storylines heading into Week 1

August 16, 2018

No more toe-tapping. No more tryouts, scrimmages, predictions or training camp depth chart worries. Week 1 of the 2018 North Carolina prep football season is upon us. There are nine games involving local teams in the Twin Counties tonight, including a cross-county matchup between North Edgecombe…