Phelps a hit on the field in Germany
Special to The Star Keron Phelps is playing strong safety for the Remscheid Amboss pro team in Germany at present.
By Alan Ford
Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 19:07 PM.
Keron Phelps had never left U.S. soil until recently.
His stay abroad is having huge benefits for his new football team.
The former Burns High and Gardner-Webb player made a leap of faith and flew to western Germany to become a member of the Remscheid Amboss (Anvil), a team located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (east of the Rhine River, south of the Ruhr).
In his first game with his new team Phelps made quite an impact.
The 6-1, 230-pounder saw action as a strong safety and a kick returner and was a pivotal player in the outcome, a 13-9 victory.
Phelps returned a punt for a touchdown and also intercepted two passes – one of those preserving the win near the end. He was also credited for 10 tackles and two other pass breakups.
“I’m blessed and I thank God for his favor and many blessings and the platform he has put me on to give hope to guys that were doubted,” he said via an internet correspondence. “I’m not finished playing yet!”
This Sunday his team is on the road to play the Paderborn (Germany) Dolphins.
Phelps was an all-star wideout then quarterback at Burns High for coach Ron Greene, then joined Steve Patton’s Gardner-Webb program. A defensive back in college, he missed much of his senior season (2011) at GWU with an injury
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(RALEIGH, N.C.) -December 3, 2012-ETSM represented client Ryan Dinnebeil a 6'0 242 running back has signed a contract to play for the Wyoming Cavalry of the Indoor Football League (IFL) in 2013. Ryan played collegiately at Marist College from 2008-2011 as a bruising fullback, completing his collegiate career with 21 touchdowns and garnering some NFL attention. After going undrafted in last April's NFL draft, Dinnebeil continued to train for a professional opportunity which has now arised in his signing with the Cavalry. Many of players have either spring boarded or rejuvenated their careers into the NFL by playing in the IFL such as Washington Redskins Anthony Anderson, Buffalo Bills Fred Jackson and future NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Owens. "This will be a good opportunity for Ryan to showcase his talent in more ways than just as a blocking back which will generate more NFL team interest in the future," said ETSM Founder Calvin Williams. The Cavalry go into training camp in February with the first game to be played March 8, 2013 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa against the Cedar Rapids Titans.
Former Ashbrook, G-Webb standout back in town after first pro football season
July 10, 2012 3:57 PM
GASTONIA – There’s little doubt that Hall, a former Ashbrook High and Gardner-Webb University standout, had a solid start to his professional career and has high hopes for playing more pro ball in his future.
Hall, a 2007 Ashbrook High graduate, rushed for 1,033 yards and scored 14 touchdowns in 10 games for the league runner-up Thonon Black Panthers (9-2).
“It was a great experience,” said Hall, a four-year standout at Gardner-Webb from 2007-10. “Football I thought might be a little different over there, but it was the same game and I enjoyed the team and the teammates and coaches that I had over there.”
Now living in Mount Holly and seeking a job as he continues to workout in hopes of getting opportunities for CFL, NFL or Arena teams, Hall thrived in his first professional season.
Despite suffering a strained knee ligament in the ninth game, which cost him one game, Hall averaged 103.3 yards per game and 7.7 yards per carry in helping the Black Panthers go 8-1 to win the regular-season title, then win a semifinal game before losing 10-7 to Amiens Spartiates in the championship game.
“I honestly expected to run for more yards,” said Hall, whose season-highs were 220 yards rushing and four touchdowns. “But I was happy with my production since I had to learn the offense we were running.”
Hall had operated primarily in one-back offensive sets at Ashbrook and Gardner-Webb before learning the Delaware Wing T offensive formation with the Black Panthers.
At Ashbrook, Hall finished with 3,172 yards rushing in his career (3rd in school history), capped by an All-Gazette season of 1,651 yards as a senior in 2006. At Gardner-Webb, Hall rushed for 1,834 yards and 27 touchdowns in his career and twice earned All-Big South Conference honors.
In truth, Hall says football was the easiest part of his adjustment.
“Since they’re six hours ahead of us, it took me about four or five months to really get used to that,” Hall said. “Then there was the food and the language difference. They have no fried food and not as much seasoning to their food, so that was difficult but I eventually got used to it. And since I’d never taken French (Hall took Spanish at Ashbrook and Gardner-Webb), I had to work hard to pick up on their language. But I got good enough to pick up some phrases to get by.”
Hall is represented by former Ashbrook, Lenoir-Rhyne, North Carolina A&T and pro football player Calvin Williams and both hope Hall will get more opportunities next season.
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Back To Make Championship Run
(RALEIGH, N.C.) -June 20, 2012-When Patrick Hall arrived in France in January he had several individual goals, but one main goal for his new team was to win a league championship. Hall will have the chance as he and the Thonon Black Panthers will play for the Elite League championship on France on June 23, 2012 in Paris, France against Amiens Spartiates. Hall tops the league in two statistical categories (rushing yards and scoring) and ranks second in a third category (total yards). In the Black Panthers regular season win against the Spartiates, Hall had 16 carries for 156 yards and four touchdowns. The game can be viewed live via an online stream at: http://www.les-black-panthers.org/panthers-tv.html
ETSM Client Hall Leads Team Into Playoffs
Hall (40) in a recent game
(RALEIGH, N.C.) -June 13, 2012-Patrick Hall leads the Thonon Black Panthers into the French Elite League playoff semi-finals this weekend against the Nice Dauphins. The winner will play for the Elite League championship on June 23, 2012 in Paris, France. Hall tops the league in two statistical categories (rushing yards and scoring) and ranks second in a third category. In the Black Panthers last regular season 42-14 win against the Dauphins, Hall had 15 carries for 170 yards and four touchdowns.
Rushing : 1. Patrick Hall (Black Panthers): 98 races for 814 yards (average: 8.3 yards / run) 13 TD 2.Baylen Laury (Black Panthers): 73 races for 657 yards (average: 9.0 yards / run) 8 TD 3.Guillaume Buquet (Flash): 107 runs for 514 yards (average: 4.8 yards / run) 4 TD
Cumulative Yards: 1.Baylen Laury (Black Panthers): 1,060 yards (132.5 yards / game) 2. Patrick Hall (Black Panthers): 844 yards ( 105.5 yards / game)
Scoring: 1. Patrick Hall (Black Panthers): TD 14 (13 on race, on a password) 2.Baylen Laury (Black Panthers): TD 11 (8 to race, three on passes) 3.Steve Delaval (Flash): 8 TD (8 passes on)
Statistics via- http://elitefoot.blogspot.com/2012/05/elite-point-stats.html
Rage Lock Up Number Three Seed in CIFL Playoffs
Poitier (5) catches a touchdown pass
(Evansville, IN) - The Evansville Rage (5-3) locked up the number three seed in the Continental Indoor Football League Playoffs with a 28-7 victory over the Port Huron Patriots (3-6) on Saturday night on the Clarion Inn Field at Swonder Ice Arena.
Poitier sealed the win after snagging an interception in the end zone with thirty seconds remaining on the clock and returning it out to the Rage 15-yard line. The Rage will travel to Indianapolis next Saturday to take on the Enforcers (1-8). Kickoff for that match-up is scheduled for 3:15pm ET.
Friday’s Senior of the Day: Keron Phelps
The 27-year-old Benson (6’2”, 290) began the 2011 AFL season with the Milwaukee Mustangs, recording 7.5 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack in six games with the team. Partway through the year, Benson joined the Pittsburgh Power and had an even greater impact with his second team.
In just six games with Pittsburgh, Benson notched 12.5 total tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks, finishing fourth on the team in the latter two categories. In his time with the Power, Benson also broke up a pass and recovered a fumble.
Prior to making the jump to the AFL, Benson played in several other indoor football leagues, most recently playing for the American Indoor Football Association’s Reading Express in 2010. He also has past experience in the Indoor Football League and in af2, playing for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers in 2007.
Before beginning his professional career, Benson played at Central State University, finishing his college career in 2005.
To make room for Benson on the roster, the Sharks placed offensive lineman Zarah Yisrael on recallable reassignment. The team also announced that wide receiver V’Keon Lacey has been activated from recallable reassignment and placed on injured reserve.
The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-to-back South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville VeteransMemorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2012 season are now available, two tickets as low as $123. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at facebook.com/jaxsharks and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at facebook.com/sharkattackdance.
May The "FORCE" Be With You
(RALEIGH, N.C.)-February 22, 2012-ETSM announces another player represented by the company has signed a professional contract to play in 2012. Keron Phelps, a 6'1 225lb safety out of Gardner Webb University has signed to play with the Carolina Force, an American Indoor Football (AIF) team. At Gardner Webb University, Phelps played in 38 career games contributing 54 tackles, one forced fumble and four pass breakups and was an intricate part of the special teams units. "Keron is a player that accepted his role in college and never once complained about playing time, the Force are getting a real class act on and off the field," said ETSM Founder and Managing Director Calvin Williams. The Force will begin play March 17th when they host the Maryland Reapers at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord, NC.
Phelps (14) pictured about to tackle a ball carrier.
Beginning Of A HALL Of Fame Career
(RALEIGH, N.C.)-February 2, 2012-ETSM Client Patrick Hall will make his professional football debut Saturday as his team the Thonon Black Panthers travel to Nice, France to take on the Nice Dauphins. Hall was a three time All Big South Conference selection in college at Gardner Webb University finishing his career with over 1800 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns. After going unsigned to play in the National Football League (NFL), Hall signed a one year deal to play in France for Thonon. With the NFL still in his sights Hall plans to be a major offensive contributor for the Black Panthers 2012 season to not only bring a league championship to Thonon, but in hopes of an NFL will take notice. "We hope that not only does he do good for Thonon, but that this opportunity will open some more doors for him to continue playing professionally for years to come, said ETSM Founder and Managing Director Calvin Williams
Hall pictured (Second from the right) at a recent Thonon Black Panther team press conference
ETSM Client Tackles Private Workout With The AFL's Cleveland Gladiators
(RALEIGH, N.C.)- January 16, 2012- Former Wingate University Bulldog Defensive Back Terrence Stephens recently participated in an invite only private workout for the Arena Football League's (AFL) Cleveland Gladiators. Stephens is already signed to play with the Knoxville Nighthawks of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL), which is a lower professional indoor league capitalized on the opportunity to move up the professional playing ranks and has been placed on a two-day waiver call back list. The AFL is regarded as the top level of competition of indoor/arena football. "I appreciate Calvin setting it up so quickly after I signed with him to represent me. It's nice to know he is doing the things to help me that he said he will do and I look forward to advancing my career with him representing me," said Stephens. This is just the next step forward in the professional ranks for a young man that at Wingate University was an All-SAC conference player. As a senior in 2010 Stephens recorded an impressive 93 tackles, 2 Interception, 9 Pass break ups, 2 Blocked Kicks and 3 Forced Fumbles."This kid has a huge upside and endless potential, its scary to think he hasn't even played a lot of football in his life and he is this good," said ETSM's Founder and Managing Director Calvin Williams.
Former Ashbrook, Gardner-Webb standout signs pro football contract
November 14, 2011
“I tried to sign with a pro team starting last spring,” Hall said. “I’m still trying to make it to the NFL one day. I just wanted to get a chance and this is it. Hall also is the first client of another former Ashbrook standout, 1998 graduate Calvin Williams. Williams, who played collegiately at Lenoir-Rhyne and North Carolina A&T, played professionally from 2003 to 2010 before deciding to become an agent. “I got licensed in August and Patrick is my first client,” said Williams, whose Raleigh-based Explosive Training and Sports Management has other clients. “I’m happy he’s getting an opportunity to continue his career.”
ETSM Client Resurrects Career From The DEAD
(RALEIGH, N.C.)-October 13, 2011-Explosive Training & Sports Management, LLC (ETSM) client WR/DB Keith Holliday graced the run way at the premiere for the independent film "The Dead"(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386925/) fashion show Wednesday night at The Mez in Charlotte's very popular Epicenter. "It was a new experience (for me), but I met some great folks and truly enjoyed myself," said Holliday. Makeup artists created scars and wounds on Holliday and the other models bodies in order to give the visual effect of zombies walking the run way. The movie premiere followed the fashion show, which included a meet and greet with the up and coming director Howard J. Ford, who's other films credits include Mainline Run (1994) and Distant Shadow (2000). "I thought our client Keith did very well and I'm proud of him, this event was a good display of up and coming professionals in the fashion, film and modeling industries," said ETSM Assistant Managing Director Kevette Williams.