How about we line up some of the names from the past as the Pirates and Whirlies get set to go at it this Friday night at Jamieson Stadium.
How far do the “Bragging Rights” go when we bring back the top talents from the past 40 years or so, and let them do battle here on the site.
Let’s put up a few names for your approval/investigation and let you see what you think? Who would really win if brought back the “best of the best”?????
How about we start at quarterback and examine Todd Ellis and Jeff Dunn for Page and then look at Mike Elkins and a recent hybrid of Zach Maynard and Josh Stewart for Grimsley……
Ellis went to South Carolina, Dunn to Alabama while Elkins is third all-time on the TD passing list at Wake Forest and Maynard threw for 210 yards and at least a TD for Buffalo last Saturday and Stewart is not at QB, but he is on the team at UNC and maybe they ought to give him a look; Mike’s brother Rod did a good job for UNC at QB and probably belongs on our list too……..
Elllis held records at South Carolina for many years and he is currently the play-by-play man for USC Gamecock football…..
Who are your QB’s and would you take Elkins over Ellis in a solo call or do you have another man in mind???????
We can also make a strong case for the kickers with Page’s recent talents such as Matt Millisor, Tucker King and even little Donald Moore. Grimsley can get a nod with Kirk McGuinn who kicked that 10-7 OT winner in the playoffs back in the mid-80’s and Gavin Segall-Abrams got two chances to kick one(after a penelty) for the win for the Whirlies about 5 years back and he nailed the second to win it for the Whirlies at the end of regulation….
Donald Moore hit the first one and then had to kick it again after a whistle, and he nailed the second attempt for Page, and gave the Pirates a win on a field goal in what would be probably about 6-7 years ago and Page had another kicker by the name of David Taylor, who kicked some pretty important boots in his time.
Who do you take when the kickers go head-to-head, maybe McGuinn vs. Millisor?????
We can go on and on when we look at the matchups…….Page had some excellent receivers in Haywood Jeffries, John Newman and Tripp Welborne. Keith Welborne could catch it too….For Grimsley, you had Bernard Farrington, Delton Hall did some receiving and I think Reginald Tonkins went out for few passses before track practice got started…..
Page has a big edge in that receiving department and let’s not forget two more Pirate BIG NAMES in Stafford Moser who shared time at QB with Ellis and later lined up to catch passes from Elkins at Wake Forest and how about Mack Jones, who led Page toward a State Title and later went on to start at N.C. State…..
I would say the Pirates have the edge here at WR unless Grimsley can come up with something…..
Bring on the Whirlies tight end Ethan Albright and can anybody top that for a big receiver????? Maybe John Newman would want to jump in here, he was really more of a tight end than a WR for Page wasn’t he?????? (Page had another tight end who went on to play at N.C. State and I believe his name was Willie Wright not Willie Young.) Willie Wright is coming back to me better now, he was a big receiver, who also played basketball for Page…….
I bet Ethan was a pretty steady long-snapper back in his day too and if you line up his brother Stuart Albright beside him, you have two very reliable blockers for your offensive line…….Page lineman, Steven Bell made the East-West All-Star team and he went on to play at UNC and Jeff Nall was quick off the ball for the Pirates when he was coming up out of his three-point stance back about 8-10 years ago………Oh, and you better tell somebody about Reuben Davis who was one of Grimsley’s best-ever “O” linemen and he went on to play in the pros and he was at UNC and a Tar Heel like many of the others and we are correct with Davis on offense right, or was it defense?????? I’m still thinking defense. I ran into a big former Grimsley lineman yesterday, Mark Sugg, and he also was a starter for the North Caroloina Tar Heels on the “O” line.
Grimsley may win the “O” line battle and who was the best of all?????? Was it Ethan Albright?
Runningbacks, well let’s just look at a few before the list gets real long. Carlos Doggett(N.C. State) really gets it at Page and I think Tripp Welborne lined up some back there too, plus in recent years, Remene Alston wasn’t bad at all. A real fullback, when you back a few for Page was Phil Wise. He’s now dead, but he nearly killed a few kids himself when ran over them at Page and later on at North Carolina…..Grimsley running with Shawn Brown and Robert Lane could not go wrong, but based on what I saw, Doggett has to be the Top-Dog????? What’s everyone else saying?(Page also had another runningback/receiver/return man that many people called “White Lightning”, and that was Mark Ellis, the brother of Todd Ellis…..)
Looking over at the defense a few of the Page Pirates that would step up would be Clayton Henry(LB), Kevion Latham(DL), Mike Sheley(LB), Henti Baird(DB), Tripp Welborne(DB) and maybe you can think of a few more for us?????? It seems like the offensive names go further than the defensive guys do……(Millisor at Punter was a plus.)
Grimsley on defense, you have to still love the name of that NFL-bound DB Beltin’ Delton Hall and guys from the recent years such as Lionnel Shoffner and Brandon Peguese……
Start matching these guys up, you know them and their history better than we do, and how do you see the edge, when you stack these players up??????
Who are some of the boys we have left off the teams??????
This would make for a wild game today if you could bring back the Albrights, the Elkins, the Ellises, the Welbornes, the Browns, the Moores, the Newmans, the Joneses, the Dunns, the Davises, the Halls, the Walls, and all the others……
This could be a good game-week topic!