Charleston, W.V.—Saturday March 27, 2010 marked the final collegiate football game for three of North Greenville’s seniors.
Joe Novotasky, Justin Jones, and Johnell Bell all took part in the All American Bowl. Bell, a senior from Batesberg Leesville, S.C. registered two sacks during the game and received the Jim Marshall Award given to the most outstanding defensive lineman for each team. Novotasky, a senior defensive from Jacksonville Florida registered one tackle for the Stars team. North Greenville’s senior kicker Justin Jones had a solid day as well. Jones had two punts of 42 and 47 yards as well as four kickoffs which all were fielded inside the five yard line. Bell, Jones, and Novotasky said they really enjoyed the experience.
“It was an honor to be given the chance to play one more game,” said Joe Novotasky. “I really enjoyed myself and the experience. One thing I really appreciated was the chance to work out in front of some scouts from the CFL (Canadian Football League) and the AFL (American Football League).”
“It was a great honor,” said Johnell Bell. “The other guys and I worked hard during our careers at NGU and this was a nice reward. It was great to win the outstanding defensive lineman award but I was happy to have the chance to play one more college game with my teammates.”
“I had a great time,” said Justin Jones. “Kickers don’t usually get a lot of credit but it was great to receive the recognition and an all-star game selection. I really enjoyed the chance to stand on the sidelines one more time as a player. “
As a senior at North Greenville, Johnell Bell played in all ten games racking up 12 solo tackles and 13 assists. He had 18.5 total tackles with three sacks. Bell also recovered two fumbles. Joe Novotasky played in eight games and was credited with 17.5 total tackles including 11 solo and 13 assists. Justin Jones also had a solid senior season as the teams feature punter. In ten games, Jones punted 66 times for 2520 total yards (38.2 yard average). He had long of 58. 21 of Jones’ punts were downed inside the 20 yard line and six punts were of 50+ yards.