Nobles, Owens shine in East-West All-Star Game

Trey Owens and Charles Nobles had one final prep tune-up ahead of starting their journey in college football.

The Craven County natives, both with a state high school championship on their resume, represented their area in Wednesday’s East-West All-Star Game in Greensboro.

“It was a great experience. I got to play with a bunch of great guys and players,” said Nobles, a former New Bern High linebacker. “We came together as a whole and built so much chemistry. I felt like I spent a whole season with those guys.”

After a sloppy first half, the East pulled away for a 20-3 victory, while both Nobles and Owens played a key role.

Owens, a former Havelock High standout, had a long punt return in the third quarter which set up a touchdown and contributed from his safety position for a stop on fourth down in the fourth quarter.

“I was glad I was able to contribute and help represent 2-5-2 with such a big play in the game when it was still pretty close,” Owens said. “Once I did that, the offense got in there and did their job and got the touchdown to pretty much wrap it up.

“I was happy to play such a big part in the East-West All-Star Game.”

Owens, set to play in college at Randolph-Macon, rushed for more than 307 yards, caught for 249 yards, intercepted four passes and scored 11 touchdowns last season at Havelock.

After a few days of practice with the East squad, Nobles didn’t know he was going to start game day at Jamieson Stadium.

Once he got onto the field, he said his mentality was to “read and react.”

“I found out I was going to start and my role was to play inside linebacker and read and react – see ball, get ball,” Nobles said. “That whole week was full of hard work and preparation. We didn’t want to accept anything but a win.”

Nobles led New Bern with 187 tackles last season to go along with two sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Nobles and Owens practiced twice a day with their team, went to clinics, went bowling and to the movies and helped out at a youth football clinic.

“It really means a lot just to be able to represent Havelock and show the great program they have there,” Owens said. “It shows the great coaching and I’m glad I could go out and represent.

“It was a really good time. There were a lot of great guys out there, all-stars from the state. We all fit in really good together.”

They are now preparing for the next chapter of their life – college ball.

Nobles is heading to Guilford College.

“I’m beyond excited to go to the next level and play and meet new people and get a new experience,” he said. “With new things come new obstacles. I’m ready to meet it and overcome things.”

Owens is looking forward to his opportunity at Randolph-Macon.

“I can’t wait. I’m going to become a man and go to college and hopefully find my way into what I am going to be in my future,” Owens said. “Also, I will get to be at Randolph-Macon with a great group of guys.”

Adam Thompson is the sports editor at the Sun Journal. He can be contacted at 252-635-5669. Follow Adam on Twitter @A_ThompsonNBSJ