There’s classless … and there’s South Johnston

Of last night’s prep football results, from South Lenoir’s amazing comeback against Clinton to Ayden-Grifton getting dismantled by Princeton to Greene Central’s loss to SW Edgecombe, none were as disconcerting as the 84-6 beatdown South Johnston put on North Lenoir in Wheat Swamp.

I had Michael Moon and Jonathan “Heelsfan” Davis providing me text updates throughout the game — and they were disturbing. Up 77-6 early in the fourth quarter, SJ performs an onside kick? Nice. They got to 70-6 on a 60-yard TD pass.

Disgusting. There is no excuse South Johnston, its officials and its coaching staff can make to “pretty” this one up.

Moon quoted SJ coach Joe Salas as saying, “They were piling up seven, eight guys in the box trying to stop the run, and the passing game was there for us.” That’s still no excuse. It’s called sportsmanship.

Need an example of sportsmanship? I covered the Ayden-Grifton/Princeton game last night. Princeton took a 55-6 lead with 7:34 left in the third quarter. Frankly, if Princeton had wanted to hang 84 points on A-G last night, the Bulldogs probably could have done it.

However, PHS coach Russell Williamson and A-G coach Paul Cornwell agreed to let the clock run the rest of the way. Williamson didn’t let his team attempt another pass and every run by the Bulldogs essentially went up the middle to run the clock out. When A-G punted the ball, PHS called for a fair catch so there wouldn’t be a run back for a TD.

Now, THAT’S class and how to coach a superior team to a victory. Coach Salas, perhaps you should give Coach Williamson a call and find out that it’s not kosher to run up the score on an inferior team.

Karma is a bitch — and it seemingly has a way of rearing its head sometime in the future. Here’s hoping the North Lenoir basketball or baseball team has an opportunity to do the same thing to the Trojans that the football team did to the Hawks.

But here’s why they won’t: NL basketball coach John Eric Waters and baseball coach Jim Montague are classy, too; they won’t do that crap to other student-athletes.

NOTE: Here is Michael Moon’s column. Would love to see your thoughts on it.

Oct. 30 scores (12:35 a.m. update)

South Johnston 84, North Lenoir 6

South Lenoir 25, Clinton 21

SW Edgecombe 32, Greene Central 7

Princeton 55, Ayden-Grifton 14

Scores from around the state, courtesy of the Associated Press:

Albemarle 86, North Moore 0

Alexander Central 29, South Caldwell 3

Apex Middle Creek 15, Fuquay-Varina 13

Ashe County 51, East Bend Forbush 6

Asheboro 35, Southwestern Randolph 6

Asheville 61, North Buncombe 0

Asheville Reynolds 35, Asheville Roberson 8

Belmont South Point 62, North Gaston 0

Bessemer City 42, Cherryville 10

Boonville Starmount 16, Alleghany County 14

Brevard 36, North Henderson 19

Bunn 34, Warren County 8

Burlington Cummings 34, Yanceyville Yancey 6

Burnsville Mountain Heritage 35, Avery County 14

Canton Pisgah 47, Sylva Smoky Mountain 7

Catawba Bandys 28, East Burke 12

Chapel Hill 17, Southern Vance 8

Charlotte Catholic 36, Charlotte Harding 16

Charlotte Independence 76, Charlotte Myers Park 31

Charlotte Latin 28, Charlotte Country Day 17

Charlotte Olympic 49, Charlotte Garinger 20

Charlotte Providence 42, East Mecklenburg 41

Cherokee 21, Andrews 14

China Grove Carson 31, West Iredell 14

Columbia 53, Swan Quarter Mattamuskeet 14

Concord 33, Hickory Ridge 20

Concord Robinson 28, Mt. Pleasant 25

Cox Mill 30, Central Cabarrus 13

Creswell 26, Jamesville 6

Croatan 41, Swansboro 0

Davie County 33, Pfafftown Reagan 2

Dunn Midway 21, Rocky Point Trask 14

Durham Hillside 39, East Chapel Hill 0

East Bladen 18, South Brunswick 0

East Duplin 42, Richlands 14

East Forsyth 14, Northwest Guilford 9

East Gaston 52, West Mecklenburg 32

East Lincoln 41, West Lincoln 9

East Rowan 21, North Iredell 9

East Surry 55, North Surry 6

Eastern Alamance 48, Rockingham County 7

Eastern Guilford 33, Burlington Williams 31

Edenton Holmes 23, Currituck County 12

Elizabeth City Northeastern 23, Pasquotank County 7

Elkin 41, Wilkes Central 8

Enka 35, McDowell County 26

Erwin Triton 22, Pikeville Aycock 21

Fairmont 18, East Columbus 7

Fayetteville Britt 47, Fayetteville Seventy-First 14

Fayetteville Byrd 42, Southern Lee 6

Fayetteville Sanford 55, Cape Fear 27

Forsyth County Day 45, Southlake Christian 22

Franklin 35, West Henderson 14

Garner 30, East Wake 27

Gastonia Forestview 42, Gastonia Huss 12

Goldsboro 48, Seven Springs Spring Creek 0

Greensboro Grimsley 34, Southern Alamance 28

Harnett Central 36, Southeast Raleigh 22

Havelock 28, West Carteret 7

Hendersonville 51, Thomas Jefferson 0

Hertford County 41, Kill Devil Hills First Flight 0

Hickory Grove 41, Kennedy Charter 27

Hobbton 16, Warsaw Kenan 13

Holly Springs 38, Morrisville Green Hope 14

Hope Mills Gray’s Creek 31, Fayetteville Westover 28

Hope Mills South View 34, Fayetteville Smith 18

Huntersville Hopewell 7, Charlotte Vance 0

Indian Trail Porter Ridge 34, Anson County 27

Jacksonville 53, Greenville Conley 8

Jacksonville Northside 41, Topsail 14

Jamestown Ragsdale 23, Kernersville Glenn 10

Jones County 48, Pamlico County 6

Kannapolis Brown 35, Northwest Cabarrus 21

Kernersville McGuinness 33, West Stokes 32

Lawndale Burns 33, R-S Central 28

Lee County 21, Panther Creek 20

Lenoir Hibriten 45, Newton Foard 7

Lexington 26, Central Davidson 7

Lincolnton 39, North Lincoln 6

Louisburg 28, Northwest Halifax 16

Maiden 21, Claremont Bunker Hill 10

Mallard Creek 7, West Charlotte 0

Manteo 42, Plymouth 12

Marshville Forest Hills 70, Cuthbertson 0

Matthews Butler 59, South Mecklenburg 14

Mitchell County 35, Madison County 0

Monroe 62, Charlotte Berry Tech 28

Monroe Parkwood 21, Marvin Ridge 20

Monroe Piedmont 41, North Stanly 35

Monroe Sun Valley 49, Weddington 27

Morganton Freedom 48, Forest City Chase 6

Mt. Airy 55, South Stokes 7

Murphy 69, Hayesville 6

New Bern 33, Wilmington Laney 7

New Hanover County 17, Greenville Rose 16

Newton-Conover 35, South Iredell 12

North Duplin 42, Rosewood 15

North Mecklenburg 35, Mooresville 23

North Raleigh Christian 31, Fayetteville Christian 7

North Stokes 38, Surry Central 28

Northeast Guilford 29, North Forsyth 12

Northern Nash 22, Wilson Fike 21

Oxford Webb 22, Northern Vance 21

Pender County 34, Lakewood (Salemburg) 6

Person County 21, Durham Riverside 7

Polk County 24, Black Mountain Owen 16

Princeton 55, Ayden-Grifton 14

Raleigh Athens Drive 49, Apex 28

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 20, Orange County 7

Raleigh Ravenscroft 28, Harrells Christian Academy 7

Raleigh Sanderson 38, Raleigh Enloe 24

Raleigh Wake Christian 41, Village Christian 6

Reidsville 50, Eastern Randolph 7

Richmond County 69, Southern Pines Pinecrest 35

Roanoke Rapids 52, North Johnston 14

Robbinsville 35, Towns County, Ga. 0

Rocky Mount 24, Southern Nash 19

Shelby 19, East Rutherford 16

Shelby Crest 17, Kings Mountain 0

South Central Pitt 14, Washington 13

South Granville 16, Hillsborough Cedar Ridge 14

South Johnston 84, North Lenoir 6

South Lenoir 25, Clinton 21

South Rowan 76, Statesville 22

South Stanly 35, South Davidson 6

Southern Durham 41, Northern Durham 13

Southern Wayne 14, Eastern Wayne 6

SouthWest Edgecombe 34, Greene Central 12

Southwest Onslow 63, Dixon 0

Swain County 40, Rosman 8

Tarboro 50, Farmville Central 7

Thomasville 14, Salisbury 7

Thomasville Ledford 24, Southern Guilford 6

Vldese Draughn 47, West Caldwell 34

Wake Forest-Rolesville 48, Raleigh Millbrook 0

Wallace-Rose Hill 48, Clinton Union 12

Watauga County 34, Hickory 17

Waynesville Tuscola 24, East Henderson 6

West Brunswick 29, West Bladen 0

West Craven 35, Jacksonville White Oak 14

West Davidson 20, East Davidson 3

West Montgomery 28, North Rowan 0

West Stanly 50, Monroe Central 7

Western Alamance 31, Mayodan McMichael 7

Western Harnett 34, Spring Lake Overhills 32

Whiteville 28, South Columbus 20

Williamston 47, Chocowinity Southside 27

Wilmington Hoggard 28, Wilmington Ashley 0

Wilson Beddingfield 26, North Pitt 12

Wilson Hunt 43, Nash Central 7

Winston-Salem Reynolds 14, West Forsyth 9


Robersonville Roanoke vs. Pinetown Northside, ppd. to Nov 2.

Why the Democrats are supporting Earl Harper

Here’s a letter that former Lenoir County Democratic Party chairman Lyle Holland is sending folks around the county, explaining why Democrats are supporting unaffiliated candidate Earl Harper for Kinston mayor instead of Democratic candidate Jimmy Cousins:

Click here: 103009-democrats-letter.pdf

My take: Yeppers, the Democrats are pretty fired up about this election.

Here’s the thing, though — if they want to support someone that’s not their own, that’s their prerogative. But why embarrass a fellow Democrat the way they have?

My Kinston peops, I hope you are going to vote Tuesday; it’s going to be a humdinger of an election.

Cheerleaders of the Day; Oct. 30, 2009

Welcome to today’s cheerleader of the dayfeature.

Every day, we’ll celebrate our favorite sports seasons, teams and school spiritwith tasteful views of those student cheerleaders or professional cheerleaders who represent their respective teams.

For the second day in a row, our very good friend Darren Becton has provided COTDs who will be supporting their teams tonight: West Virginia and South Florida. Becton — you’re working your way into Hanks Blog Hall of Fame status here, dude!



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For a better view of the photos, click on the pictures themselves. To make asuggestion for a future COTD, leave it in the comments or send me an e-mail to

Nonpartisan issue all over the airwaves

The nation will hear about the Kinston nonpartisan issue in two venues today: at approximately 5:20 p.m., National Public Radio will have a piece on it, while Fox News Channel’s Hannity program will have it on at 9 p.m. today.

I’m going to try to listen to the NPR piece live and I’ll watch the Hannity show on DVR later tonight; I’ll provide my analysis of both tomorrow.

Jay-Z, Alicia Keys rock Yankee Stadium

It’s my favorite song right now and I’ve now watched this video about 10 times in a row: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys simply killed it last night in the pre-game at Yankee Stadium with “Empire State Of Mind”. Check it out:

I don’t care who you are, that was AWESOME.

And I liked watching Derek Jeter and Mariana Rivera getting into it, too. The best song out there right now.

Morning News Report; Oct. 30, 2009


The Obama administration is going to announce today that 650,000 jobs have been created or saved by the stimulus.

My take: Um, yeah. There are more numbers being cooked there than the attendance numbers at Tuesday’s ECU-Memphis game. Yep.


In a new book by President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, it’s revealed that Obama didn’t select Hillary Clinton to be his running mate because of her husband.

My take: I’m pretty certain that wasn’t the only reason, but it’s a good excuse to have.

My favorite line, though, from the above linked article in a quote attributed to Obama: “If I picked her, my concern is that there would be more than two of us in the relationship.”

Yep. Your jokes welcome.


The New York Yankees bounced back from a 1-0 deficit in the series and in Game 2 to even the World Series with a 3-1 win Thursday night.

My take: I tried to tell you guys yesterday that this thing is far from over — I still think the Bombers take it in six games, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it go seven games.

The iPod shuffle

What You Know — T.I.

Nevver Let Me Down — Kanye West featuring Jay-Z and J. Ivy

As Long As You Love Me — Backstreet Boys

Walk On Water — Aerosmith

Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself) — Eric Clapton

P.S.: “The League” absolutely, positively SUCKED last night. I don’t know where to start; the eight-team fantasy league they play in? Trying to shove six stories down your throat at the same time? Being crude just for the sake of being crude?

Anyhoo, your reviews are welcome.

Cheerleaders of the Day; Oct. 29, 2009

Welcome to today’s cheerleader of the day feature.

Every day, we’ll celebrate our favorite sports seasons, teams and school spirit with tasteful views of those student cheerleaders or professional cheerleaders who represent their respective teams.

I was going to skip today’s COTD, but friend of the blog (FOB) Darren Becton — in honor of the UNC-Virginia Tech game that’s about to start — sent pictures of each team’s cheerleaders. Thanks, dude — and send Becton some thanks, guys!

Additionally, give me some props for posting cheerleaders of the two schools I’m not exactly the fondest of, considering I am a proud Cavahoo…



For a better view of the photos, click on the pictures themselves. To make a suggestion for a future COTD, leave it in the comments or send me an e-mail to

Congratulations to Kinston High’s Kewitt Koonce! (with correction and update)

For the first time since 1997 — and only the 11th time ever – a Lenoir County athlete has been selected to play in the prestigious Shrine Bowl.

Kewitt Koonce, a defensive back, will represent the Kinston Vikings and Lenoir County in this year’s game, which is set to be played Dec. 19 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. Koonce is the first Lenoir County athlete to play in the game since Defonte Coleman represented North Lenoir in 1997.

He’s only the second Kinston Viking to play in the game, joining former New England Patriot Ronald Wooten (1976); the other eight players were Grainger High School Red Devils.

My take: This is a huge deal for Kinston and Lenoir County; having covered the Shrine Bowl from 1993-2001, I can tell you it’s a tremendous honor to be selected to play in the game.

Congratulations to Kewitt, Coach Battle Holley and the whole Kinston family!

Previous representatives from Kinston were:

Defonte Coleman (North Lenoir HS) — 1997

Ronald Wooten — 1976

Herman Cobb — 1968

William Taylor — 1963

Gaylord Randolph — 1959

Bryant Aldridge — 1951

Carroll Dubose — 1950

Douglas Bruton — 1949

Bobby Hodges — 1949

R.B. Lee — 1941

UPDATE 1 P.M.: For the complete Shrine Bowl rosters for both North and South Carolina, visit Arnold Solomon’s here.