MEBANE, N.C. --- Eastern Alamance proved deserving of its lofty top seed in the NCHSAA 3A playoffs on Friday night when it pounded Pikeville Aycock, 55-14, in the opening round. Eastern Alamance (12-0) scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters.
Jonah Melton, Eastern Alamance, ‘17
Until the starters were pulled shortly after halftime, Melton exclusively manned the left tackle position (often across from NC State pledge Damien Darden) for an offense that amassed 224 yards through the air and 251 yards on the ground. Although he has the footwork and technique for tackle, Melton’s 6-foot-3, 293-pound frame will force him to move inside in college.
Melton is more of a technician than a mauler. He’s not going to pile up the pancakes, but he’ll occupy defenders and prevent them from impacting plays with his sound technique and quick feet.
Speaking of his feet, they were on full display Friday night. Melton pulled and also regularly blocked in space on tosses and when the pocket moved. That experience will certainly help him on the collegiate level.
Jonathan Kingsley, Eastern Alamance, ‘19
Although expectedly on the raw side, Kingsley is a name to remember. Not only is he a freshman playing major varsity ball, but this is his first year of organized football. At an athletic 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, the defensive end certainly has the tools.
Kingsley was in on seven tackles, including one for a loss, and batted down a pass on Friday night.