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December 06, 2016

CHARLOTTE — Panthers coach Ron Rivera is not worried about losing the faith of his players in the locker room after his decision to bench Cam Newton for the start of Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Rivera said Monday in hindsight he’s “very…


Gryphons dominate Southern Guilford in Round 3 3-A playoffs win

December 03, 2016

GREENSBORO — It made sense for Rocky Mount High football coach Jason Battle to stop using the official term for the team’s running plays.

Before long, trap runs and belly plunges were just called ‘money.’ No need to be fancy when just about every run goes for positive yards.…


Tarboro finally breaks through third round, beats East Carteret

December 03, 2016

BEAUFORT — For the first time in four years, the Tarboro football season won’t end in the third round of the playoffs.

The Vikings leaned on its typically dominant defense to fight off a quick start from East Carteret on Friday, and the unit performed as expected. Tarboro forced two…


Position switch a right fit for Gryphons' Battle

December 02, 2016

Thomas Battle had just changed out of his practice gear and into a shirt and shorts, and was one of the last players to leave the locker room. Battle wore a backpack with straps over both shoulders, and fiddled with his 2015 state championship ring on his right hand.

The Rocky Mount High senior…