Top Ten Running Backs from the Triangle of all Times

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  • runbay6 Nov 18, 2012
    Towel Boy

    how about Brad Sullivan at Hillside in the 80's. Went on the play at UNC.

  • Razzor Nov 18, 2012
    Towel Boy

    TA McClendon period

  • runbay6 Nov 18, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Brian Caldwell on Northern Durham was a beast. Sadly his life ended yesterday in an automobile accident in Durham. RIP Pep.

  • e618932 Nov 10, 2012
    Towel Boy

    How did this thread happen and Cory Hunter only got mentioned once. 2nd most single game rushing yards..... Over 6500 career yards maybe even 7. And close to or over 100 career TDs. Dude was incredible

  • lazydawg58 Oct 18, 2012
    All Star

    He are a couple from the past and the land just outside the Triangle.

    Walter Eason- Erwin Redskins mid-seventies, led Erwin to the state championship game

    Wayne McLean- Lillington Cavaliers, same years as Eason, went on to play at NC State and start his senior year

  • scooper7 Oct 18, 2012
    Veteran

    Toddler, great list there although I never saw Worley play in HS but from reading the stories sounds like he was a beast.

    Funny (well not really that funny) story...A buddy of mine was playing DB weighing around 140 lbs for Rocky Mount and they were playing Tarboro back during K Bryant's jr year. K Bryant busted one up the middle but had lost his balance stumbling for yards. My buddy stuck his leg out to trip him up. He made the tackle, but Bryant's helmet hit his lower shin and snapped his shin (tibia) in half. Tough way to end my friend's sr year as that was the first game of the year too but at least he has a battle scar from playing against one of the best ever.

  • Toddler10-21 Oct 18, 2012
    Veteran

    Also in a baskeball game against Lumberton he went up for a dunk, and they had to stop the game to change out the rim because he bent it. Alot of great backs, but he is my top pick. Worley, Bryant, Horton, Barbour, Gurley.

  • piratefball172 Oct 18, 2012
    Sports Legend

    The two headed team of Marcus Reaves and Virgil Johnson that speared Byrd 4 year straight Eastern championship teams were monsters.

  • dfmlythr Oct 18, 2012
    Sports Legend

    (Toddler10-21)

    I saw a old VHS tape of Worley running the rock! Worley was a Freak of nature!

  • Toddler10-21 Oct 18, 2012
    Veteran

    dfmlythr Tim Worley was the man. 6'3", 225, 4.3 speed, state 100 yard dash champ in 85, returned kickoffs, punts,also played corner.He put up numbers at UGA also, and was drafted by the steelers. His fullback was good too. I know they called him HULK, and he played at UNC. Nick Maddox A. L. Brown was nasty also.

  • mofrink2 Oct 17, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Anthony Barbour from Garner is one of the greatest running backs in the Triangle, also one of the greastest in the state of N.C.

  • dfmlythr Sep 28, 2012
    Sports Legend

    Forgot about M Wall too. That dude could cut on the dime!

  • piratefball172 Sep 28, 2012
    Sports Legend

    How could I forget Marcus Wall of South View's 1991 state championship team. I still see him at the barber shop every Saturday.

  • TruthSeekr Sep 28, 2012
    Rookie

    Natrone for sure! I was wondering when his name would pop up.

  • lbeck37439 Sep 27, 2012
    Sports Legend

    Natrone Means,Joe McIntosh

  • redandblack Sep 27, 2012
    Sports Legend

    Also, Mitch Smith at SSS was really good.

  • redandblack Sep 27, 2012
    Sports Legend

    Played with Thomas Merritt at Broughton 80-83. Not sure of his stats but was all conf, all metro, all east. Hardest runner i have ever seen!

  • lbeck37439 Sep 27, 2012
    Sports Legend

    he was a beast. hes was a small Earl Campbell

  • dfmlythr Sep 27, 2012
    Sports Legend

    (Tim Worley)

    Lumberton High School 1984! I heard he was a man!

  • Toddler10-21 Sep 27, 2012
    Veteran

    Wow!! What about Tim Worley, Kelvin Bryant, Ethan Horton. I know you guys are going on STATS. Remember some guys had injuries. These are my top three.

  • swray001 Sep 27, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Willie Burden, Charlie Young. Anthony Barbour are three of the best.

  • mississippiboy47 Sep 22, 2012
    Veteran

    Anybody remember Chad Holden from WFR in 04? He was Trea Jones before Trea. He would single handedly win games for WFR in Coach Smith's first year

  • dfmlythr Sep 22, 2012
    Sports Legend

    Look at 1st or second page of post. Ta was mentioned.

  • blugga39 Sep 22, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Best I ever saw although not from the Triangle was James Mcdougald from Maxton High School, I was just a kid when I saw him but he was a Beast!

  • nchsfbfan Sep 22, 2012
    Rookie

    Wow did everyone forget TA Mclendon from albemarle high.

  • schiess Sep 13, 2012
    All Star

    I don't know about all time but after being a coach at Cary Christian for the last five years we had a young man by the name of Sam casucci who played full time running back and linebacker in our little 8 man league of nine teams.in his last game of his high school career ,in the state champ game vs. word God he had over 500 total yards ,not including 15 + solo tackles at linebacker.hey nick Stevens and Tim Stevens where was that post game story ?

  • just brian Sep 13, 2012
    All Star

    "Taylor Swift is the best Cap8 running back of all time!" - Kanye West

  • cougar83 Sep 13, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Did anyone ever see JAMES BRANCH-Franklinton H.S. 1981-82 ??? James was a STRAIT BULL would RUN OVER YOU! RUN BY YOU! STRAIT PUNISH YOU!! All the BRANCH BROTHERS at FRANKLINTON HS was GREAT BACKS (WAYNE & TOMMY) RON JONES -FUQUAY-VARINA 1981-82. Bobby Crumpler-HOBBTON.

  • NccuChief Sep 12, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    Andre Williams-Northern Durham

  • cleet23 Sep 12, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    Mike Hill from Harnett Central was a quality back.

  • panamajack Sep 12, 2012
    Pro

    Keith is a true freshman. I felt Mangum was the best back in the Cap 8 last year hands down. Gurley was the best back in the state last year but playing his football at a lower level hurt his national ranking. Isiah Cromwell looked terrible playing for Alabama State 2 weeks ago.

  • dfmlythr Sep 12, 2012
    Sports Legend

    (Marcus Ellerbe)

    He tip toed down the side line 20 yards to get his balance then out ran everyone. People forget that he played both ways when he turned in that performance! He was the strong Safety too!

  • piratefball172 Sep 12, 2012
    Sports Legend

    I know he isn't from this area, but if you ever get a chance to see Elijah Hood from Charlotte Catholic (class of 2013), you need to. He is really special. It is reported he has 3.75 GPA, an Eagle scout, and has incredible strength. He is on pace to break the Mecklenburg County rushing record. He is an absolute beast 6'1 215. Reminds me LaDanian Tomlinson with is running style.

  • SorryNotSorry Sep 12, 2012
    Towel Boy

    I don't know if I would say he looks good at Georgia, I see him more in the ACC somewhere. Georgia, correction the SEC period is always known for having outstanding running backs. You look at Isaiah Cromwell, who is a powerhouse and a half, I mean the boy is an outstanding and phenomenal running back who finished a season last year with Georgia with 185 carries for 850 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns & was also named freshman of the year by the Associated Press. Then you have Keith Marshall that first game against Buffalo had 10 carries for 46 yards which is completely untolerable for the NUMBER ONE player nationally. Then steps in Todd Gurley who returns a kick return for 100 yards, a 56-yard rush for a touchdown and just an overall outstanding game. Now, who are you putting your money on?

  • panamajack Sep 12, 2012
    Pro

    Keith has looked good at Georgia. He's a true freshman getting minutes in the SEC. Gurley is the only other one that can say that.

  • SorryNotSorry Sep 12, 2012
    Towel Boy

    If I'd have to choose, I would definitely put my money on Todd Gurley, Chris Mangus, Emery Young, Juwan Moye, Demetrius Fairley. I mean, these guys are outstand running backs who are all now playing at the next level. I'm not sure if I'll put money on Keith Marshall considering the fact that Broughton shuts him down every year before prior to graduation. So, you have my bets

  • piratefball172 Sep 12, 2012
    Sports Legend

    I thought Elliot London from Garner was pretty nice. I also think Athony Clanton would have broke some records if he was the only option at Garner, but that was hard due to the talent Garner had.

  • BigKev71 Sep 12, 2012
    Pro

    Anthony Barbour. You couldn't tackle him even if you managed to get your hands on him which wasn't too often. Another one from Fayetteville EE Smith was Jr. Smith who played at ECU. I'd have them at 1-2.

  • careerman7370 Sep 8, 2012
    Veteran

    I didn't read all of the posts, but since the Triangle grew so large, I would include Ted Brown! He played high school in High Point. And he was pretty successful for a while in the NFL. And I'm not sure of the actual records, but Anthony Barbour had like 43 or 48 TD's his senior year! The best I've actually seen play!

  • fridaynightfan Sep 8, 2012
    Sports Legend

    Cory Hunter, FV, 2007-2011

  • warriorpop Sep 8, 2012
    All Star

    Anthony Barbour of Garner is the best I've seen. Keith Marshall and Josh Adams are in the next group. Loved Pat Teague of Sanderson as well as Floyd Allen. Quentin Mitchell of Zebulon was really good. Holland at WFR was very good. Atkinson at Princeton and Branch at Franklinton were outstanding. Oglesby at Garner was good. That's 10 pretty good ones from me.

  • gtrojan03 Sep 8, 2012
    Rookie

    Might be a little easier to list top 10 backs from different decades. I have only seen high light tapes of AB and I can tell how good he was. I have seen Elliot London and Marcus Bland in person many times. I remember watching Josh Adams at Cary, he was a very good running back, especially for his size. It is a shame a lot of the top high school players never really did much after high school. I know its off the subject but I can still see Marcus Ellerbe scoring all those touch downs on Garner in the 1998 state championship.

  • thomasjohnson Sep 7, 2012
    Towel Boy

    I don't know if ya'll remember or not but Edward Mcduffie out of Coats was one of the best running backs durning my time he was a beast,power,speed and would run over you if you got in the way ask Mike Akinson the guy someone mention that played at Prinston that went to Duke and after they face off during a game the scouts were asking how to spell Mcduffie! in the 80's instead of the 70's

  • dfmlythr Sep 7, 2012
    Sports Legend

    After 88, 89, and 90 SV went on a run with M. Wall and that Defense!

  • olddb39 Sep 7, 2012
    Veteran

    Douglas Byrd 1995 RB, Southview RB 1991 and 1992 He went on to play WR for UNC. I forget there names but they were two of the baddest I've seen come out of Fayeteville including carter sharp!

    Southview 1991- Marcus Wall

  • koolsports3 Sep 7, 2012
    Bench Warmer

    dont leave out josh adams....put up big #'s @ cary high

  • dbcity2004 Sep 6, 2012
    Sports Legend

    I see Andre Williams and JR Rhodes from Durham listed but my Bull City peoples how can you forget about Jorelle Deleston from Southern Durham in the early 2000's? Coach Anthony Barbour Garner great was his head coach at Southern during that time. One of the best RB's I have ever seen in the triangle period.

  • firebirdbaseballer09 Sep 6, 2012
    Towel Boy

    Julius Peppers was a running back in high school at Southern Nash..He was pretty good!

  • gohardorgohome Sep 6, 2012
    Pro

    Mike Atkinson of Princeton in the late 70's. He was the career rushing leader at that time (single wing offense) and went on to play at Duke.

  • schiess Sep 6, 2012
    All Star

    Josh Adams was no slouch ,great collegiate carreer for the deacs .the stats are awesome from all these great athletes ,to bad there are no stats for what these guys really meant to their teams behind the scenes.great topic though .

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