CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- In the most balanced NCHSAA Championship – it was the lone title game that required overtime – Rocky Mount outlasted Belmont South Point, 24-21.
After missing a 44-yard field goal at the end of regulation, South Point’s Thom Lampereur sent a 22-yarder wide right during the first overtime. On the ensuing drive, Rocky Mount’s Chase Miller converted a 20-yard field goal for the victory.
Sherrod Greene, Rocky Mount, '17
Rocky Mount doesn’t wear its jerseys during the first half of pregame warm-ups, which eliminates relying on jersey numbers to identify its players. In Greene’s case, that doesn’t matter since his broad, chiseled 6-foot, 210-pound frame stands out like Rudolph’s red nose.
During the game, though, Greene didn’t stand out nearly as much. Despite facing South Point’s “Red Bone” (triple option) offense, which ran the ball 54 times, the inside linebacker was credited with five tackles (three solo). To put it into perspective, six of his teammates racked up more, including two that doubled Greene’s count. Also, he wasn’t in on any of Rocky Mount’s six TFLs.
When unobstructed, Greene flows fluidly and is a sure tackler. However, he doesn’t consistently shed blocks, can be knocked off his path, and will get bogged down in traffic.
Nick Muse, Belmont South Point, '17
After tallying a game high 14 tackles (8 solo), Muse was awarded the State Runner-Ups Outstanding Defensive Player.
Although schools like UNC are recruiting him as a tight end, Muse played inside linebacker like Greene. In a lot of ways, though, Muse is the opposite of Greene – he’s tall and awkward, but constantly made plays no matter where they occurred on the field.