After spending a year overseas playing professional football in France for the Saint Ouen l'Aumône Cougars, Dennis Godfrey (LCHS) has moved back to the states and signed a one-year contract with the San Jose SaberCats, part of the National Conference West Division in the Arena Football League.
Godfrey was a standout tight end and defensive end on the 2005 Lee Senior football team that finished 9-6, claiming the District and Sectional Championships and ended as the 4A East Regional runner-up, one game away from playing in the state championship. Godfrey then went on to have a promising career with Wake Forest University, where he started on the offensive line for three seasons.
Upon graduation from Wake Forest, he signed with Saint Ouen l'Aumône, anchoring the offensive line at left tackle. The Cougars lost their final game of the season last Sunday, 24-14, at the hands of the Pessac Kangaroos. Saint Ouen l'Aumône finishes the season 4-5-1, just outside qualifying for the playoffs. When asked about what he will most miss about playing football in France, Godfrey said, “The brotherhood that I developed with my teammates and the friendships that I made along the way.”
The biggest challenge Godfrey currently faces is adjusting to the time zone change. Godfrey went from six hours ahead of EST while in France to three hours behind in California. The SaberCats are in the middle of their 2013 season, with a current record of 8-3, third place in their division, with a seven games to play. Godfrey is excited about the opportunity because he feels it puts him closer to landing on an NFL team. “The game is much faster in the AFL then what it was in France and I will be going up against better competition,” said Godfrey.
Godfrey joins fellow North Carolinians, JC Neal, a 2005 N.C. State graduate, and Jabari Fletcher, a 2009 graduate from Appalachian State. Godfrey is expected to join the team immediately and play on the offensive line, possibly at center, a first for the long-time offensive tackle.
Dillon Frye (LCHS) and fifth-ranked N.C. State (49-14, 19-10) are headed to the College World Series! The Wolfpack engineered a two-game sweep over Rice this past weekend, including a 5-4 17-inning win that included a 77 minute rain delay and ranks as the longest NCAA Super Regional game in NCAA history. With the win, State has tied a school record for wins in a season with 49. Frye was one of nine pitchers that the Pack used to dispatch the Owls, facing one batter in the eighth inning resulting in a fly out. Earlier in the weekend, State dispatched Rice with a 4-3 comeback win. This will be N.C. State's first trip to Omaha since 1968. Opening round play will begin on Saturday, June 15.
Stanton McDuffie (LCHS) represented the N.C. State Bass Pack last weekend at the 2013 N.C. State Battle on the Border Bass Tournament sponsored by Morningstar Marina on Lake Gaston. McDuffie, fishing with partner Bryce Owen of Carthage, finished in second place, catching their limit on both days by hauling in catches of 11.03 pounds on day one and 16.49 pounds on day two. East Carolina would go on to win the tournament. McDuffie will be traveling to Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala., this weekend to represent N.C. State at the 2013 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Wild Card Tournament.