The Wright Stuff

by Eric Gilmore

Home to many of the finest co-eds in the Southeast, the Wright Building walkway serves as the epicenter of ECU’s central campus. As a student who sits on those bricks everyday, Eric Gilmore posts his rankings and opinions, “wright” or wrong, on hot button sports topics.


High School Football


            Top 11 (4A Only)


  1. Independence- Ranked No. 5 in USA Today National Poll, won 84 straight
  2. J.H. Rose- Rose beat Washington 78-0, have pity for cross-town rival DH Conley
  3. Richmond Co.- Ed Emory continues winning tradition, Raiders still undefeated
  4. Wakefield- Philip Rivers’ dad, Steve, has instilled pride in Wolverines
  5. Jack Britt- Buccaneers fresh off 55-0 win over Pinecrest, host Douglas Bryd
  6. Garner- Trojans face a tough test against Aleric Mullins and one-loss East Wake
  7. Butler- Undefeated Charlotte squad will travel to take on No. 11 Providence
  8. Mount Tabor- Virginia commit O.C. Wardlow among the state’s best athletes
  9. Providence- Last-second field goal to Independence was a heartbreaker
  10. Southern Durham- Spartans should handle East Chapel Hill easily
  11. Cary- Star running back Josh Adams continues to carry team through Tri-7 play


Can Rose compete with Independence?


            With Rose’s 78-0 backhand slap of Washington last Friday, Rose made a statement directed westward. Sure, Rose has proven they own the eastern side of the state by beating smaller schools. But, the real question is whether the Rampants can compete with the state’s elite.

            Looking at this year’s team, one quickly realizes 2004 was a lean year. Greg Thomas did one heckuva job in helping to will the Rampants to a second consecutive state title with roughly seven seniors.

            This 2005 Rose squad is laced with talent and has no foreseeable weaknesses. Morgan Randall is the lone college commitment thus far. Senior Maurice Weaver is a talented running back. But, the real prospects lie in the junior class. Quarterback Brian Blick, backup running back Jonathon Williams and defensive back Josiah Andrews all have Division I-A potential.

            Independence is down compared to years past. That’s still not saying much considering they’ve won 84 straight. The Patriots suffered a scare against Providence in winning 45-42 on a last second field goal. The Charlotte area school graduated quarterback Joe Cox and receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, both Georgia signees.

Tom Knotts is back at the helm after a two-year hiatus as quarterbacks coach at Duke. He has a legitimate running back in Cameron Henegan and a stellar offensive lineman in Pierre Andrews.

But the situation will remain a moot point until someone yells at Charlie Adams, the executive director of the North Carolina High School Association. Independence competes in the 4-AA division while Rose plays in the 4-A.

To answer the question, Rose could compete. Would they win? Probably not. But until then, they’ll have to settle the only game remaining on their schedule in New Bern.


College Football


            Top 11


  1. USC- Luck of the Irish went Trojans’ way, No. 1 total offense in nation
  2. Texas- Secondary will be tested by lethal Texas Tech passing attack
  3. Virginia Tech- Still have something to prove, tough game in Turtlelville
  4. Georgia- Two-game lead in SEC east, Outdoor Cocktail Party will be huge test
  5. Alabama- Tide won’t stay undefeated very long with Vols rolling in
  6. UCLA- Undefeated record makes Bruins fans forget 2004 Las Vegas Bowl loss
  7. Penn St.- Nittany Lions gave up a heartbreaker, national title hopes in Ann Arbor
  8. Florida St.- Weatherford shouldn’t have 59 attempts with loaded backfield
  9. Miami- Hurricanes haven’t allowed double digits in 4 games, No.1 total defense
  10. Texas Tech- Leach won’t rack up 600+ passing yards against Longhorns
  11. LSU- Les Miles lucky to grab win with five turnovers, Auburn a dangerous game



Heisman Watch


  1. Vince Young- Needs another Ohio St. performance against suspect Texas Tech D
  2. Reggie Bush- Proved worth in South Bend, Averaging 8.9 yards per carry
  3. Brady Quinn- Tom Brady protégé would be leader if defense held on 4th down
  4. Matt Leinart- Stock dropped with 2 INT’s, lack of mobility being exposed
  5. DeAngelo Williams- Nation’s leading rusher deserves more national attention
  6. Laurence Maroney- Power back can blame punter for miscues, loss at home
  7. DJ Shockley- Quietly creeping up the list despite mediocre statistics


For some unforeseen reason, I’ve been fighting the urge to rank things. Armchair quarterbacks critique every poll they see. So, why can’t I have a poll? And in this case, I’d figure that I would have more than one. If you disagree with anything, shoot me an e-mail.


            Random Thought of the Week:


            Could I be a better high school coach than Dick Butkus?

Eric Gilmore