On Campus: Godfrey returns to San Jose Sabercats
After a brief two-week stint with the Dallas Cowboys during this past fall’s NFL pre-season, Dennis Godfrey (LCHS) has opted to return for his second season with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League. Godfrey signed with the Sabercats last June, playing in his first game against Utah on June 29. He then moved from offensive line to fullback starting in three games, rushing for 21 yards on six attempts and scoring a touchdown. Godfrey and the Sabercats will open their 2014 season on March 17 when they travel to face the Portland Thunder.
East Carolina’s Akeem Richmond (SLHS) put on a show in front of many local fans that had traveled from Sanford to Buies Creek to watch the Pirates (10-4) defeat host Campbell University 79-71 last week. Richmond tied his career-high scoring record with 37 points, nailing 10 shots from behind the arc in route to setting a new arena record for points scored, three-point field goals made and attempts (17). The senior forward’s 10 treys again tied his own ECU and Conference USA record. In the second half after trailing by two at halftime, Richmond caught fire knocking down 7 of 12 three pointers to finish with a 24-point second period. After 15 games, Richmond leads ECU in eight categories, including scoring with 300 points, scoring average 20 ppg, field goal attempts at 203, three points shots attempted and made at 86-180, free throw percentage .851 (57-67), steals at 23 and minutes played with 509 averaging 33.9 per game. The Pirates will play one game this week, hosting Old Dominion on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Josh Mellette (SLHS) and Wake Tech (10-5, 3-0) dropped both games last week in Daytona, Fla., playing in the Daytona State College Tournament. The Eagles fell to Indian River State College, 78-76, in the first game and were then defeated by Daytona State College, 81-58, in the second. Against the Falcons, Mellette finished as Wake Tech’s second leading scorer with 11 points while adding seven rebounds and two steals. The Eagles will hit the court twice this week, hosting Tidewater CC on Wednesday and then traveling to Louisburg College on Saturday.
Alex Tucker (LCHS) and Bethel University (10-4, 2-2) returned from Christmas break Monday hosting Hiwassee College. The Wildcats will play again on Friday night traveling to Southern Poly in Georgia for a 7:30 p.m. game.
Brianna Taylor (SLHS) and Wake Tech (4-3, 2-1) had their game canceled last week against Virginia Western CC. The Lady Eagles will travel to Kinston Wednesday night to take on Lenoir CC at 5 p.m. and will then host Cape Fear CC on Monday at 6 p.m.