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ROLESVILLE — With the separate doffs of two caps, Rolesville High’s best 2019 offensive and defensive players let everyone know where they are headed next.
Ram wrecking ball running back Josh Pullen bulls toward Marshall University. Linebacker Darius Robinson took down a Winston-Salem State University scholarship. Both leave a lasting impact on the program.
“It continues to be a banner year for Rolesville football,” coach Martin Samek said, twice introducing the men at pivotal moments. “If there’s anybody better at his position than Josh, I really want to see him. Darius had multiple offers from multiple schools.”
Pullen gave his official word to the Thundering Herd during the recent football banquet, where he also picked up the team MVP trophy as well as the schools’ Most Outstanding Player award.
He had 221 carries into 1,859 ground yards last fall. That 8.4-yard-per-tote average also crossed the goal line 32 times. Pullen packed 120 yards receiving and another touchdown onto the statistical pile.
“One of the best players I’ve ever coached,” Samek said. “He would literally take over football games. Take them over. He would put our team on his back and get us where we needed to be. If we needed a play, he made it. If we needed a score, he did it.
Pullen anchored an attack which neared 40 points per contest, amassed 10 victories and advanced to the NCHSAA 4AA state playoffs second round for the first time ever.
“I thought Marshall was my best choice,” Pullen said. “I really wanted to go to a bigger school.”
On the other side of the ball, captain Robinson secured a squad-top 110 tackles. That amount included 72 solo squashes and five quarterback sacks as a blitzer extraordinaire. He forced three fumbles and collected two of them, too.
“I just want to say ‘Thank you’ to my coaches, my mom and my dad for helping me throughout the process. It’s been a long process,” Robinson said. “When I was in Pop Warner and up, my dad always taught me to make sure I work hard to get where I want to. And so I’ve been working my whole life for this. I’m ready to go onto the next chapter.”
Of course, Robinson already rewrote the record book at his present location. His 232 career tackles sets the standard for future Rams — and a Ram he will remain, considering Winston-Salem State shares that mascot.
His gridiron success partner, Pullen, raised his gratitude to the heavens.
“First of all, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for letting me play at the next level,” Pullen said before making his big reveal. “I’d like to thank my family, my coaches and my teammates for supporting me. And I would like to thank the fans who came to the games and cheered us on. All that said, I will be taking my talents to Marshall University.”
He is the all-time leading legger on this campus, while Robinson exits as the equal martial law on the opposite side. Pullen also added that he will be studying exercise science at school.
“I’m looking forward to running the ball at the collegiate level,” Pullen said. “I want to gain a lot of yards and do what I’ve got to do.”