Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 25, 2006
GREENSBORO – Five locals were part of the East-West game for the North Carolina Coaches’ Association.
Four players from area schools and Gates County High School head football coach Clark Harrell were all part of the East-West game last Wednesday. Joining Harrell were LaMarcus Bond of Hertford County High School, Graylon Boone of Gates County, Joe Huff of Northampton County High School – West and Melvin Rogers of Northampton County High School – East.
The squad put on a show in the third and fourth quarters, rallying from a 28-point deficit to get within two before falling by a count of 28-26.
Harrell served as Defensive Coordinator for the East squad and his unit pitched a shutout over the final 17 minutes of the game and also produced a key turnovers.
Trailing 28-26, the East scored and then got a huge fumble that gave them possession at the two-yardline. After punching that score in, they forced a three-and-out, blocked a punt and got the ball on the nine-yardline.
After that score, the East squad was down 28-20, but they forced another punt and scored again, but failed on the two-point conversion.
All four of the members of the team from northeastern North Carolina started for the East squad. Rogers and Huff were one side of the offensive line when Bond played at flanker, tight end and in special situation on defense. Boone started at free safety.
All five made contributions to the game and helped the East team get back into the contest after a tough start.