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Things may look dire on the football field for North Carolina right now, but its incoming recruiting class is making things a little brighter.
For the first time this season, the group of players that suited up between Thursday and Friday night went undefeated, probably.
The group “probably” finished undefeated because while eight games kicked off over the weekend, only seven finished and those seven players went 7-0. The eighth game, for 3-star corner DeAndre Hollins, was suspended in the third quarter due to an all-out brawl that broke out.
Hollins was actually a central actor in the incident. After intercepting his first pass of the season, Hollins ran to about mid-field where he was tackled out of bounds late. After officials threw flags, players began pushing and shoving on the Jefferson sideline before Middleton players ran over and began the fight. It’s unclear whether Hollins was involved in the fight or not, but the game was suspended with 4:11 remaining in the third quarter and Jefferson with a 17-3 lead, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The schools now await probable suspensions and a verdict on the game’s outcome from the Florida High School Athletic Association.
Here’s how the rest of the Tar Heels’ Class of 2018 performed last week:
Payton Wilson, 4-star OLB, Hillsborough, N.C.
There doesn’t appear to be anything that Payton Wilson can’t do on the football field.
In a close game Friday when Orange High School needed him the most, the linebacker/receiver two-way threat went behind center to play quarterback for the first time this season. Wilson excelled at that, too, completing 4 of 5 passes for 32 yards as Orange (4-1, 1-0 Big Eight 3-A) squeezed out a 16-15 win over Southern Durham.
In addition to throwing passes, Wilson caught one, too. That pass went 17 yards for a touchdown. Wilson also recorded 15 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 2 sacks as he extended his streak of games with 10 or more tackles to six dating back to last year.
— Don Callahan (@DonCallahanIC) October 1, 2017
Tyler Shough, 4-star QB, Chandler, Ariz.
Shough put on another passing clinic, leading Hamilton (6-1, 1-0 6-A Premier) to a 38-31 victory over Brophy College Prep.
Shough went 15 for 18 for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 3 times for 13 yards.
- Dyami Brown, a 4-star athlete from Charlotte, N.C., didn’t record any statistics in West Mecklenburg’s (5-2, 1-1 So. Meck 7 4-A) 21-7 win over Ardrey Kell.
- Jace Ruder, a 3-star dual-threat quarterback from Norton, Kan., rebounded nicely from his first loss a week ago to lead his Norton (4-1, 2-1 Mid-Continent) offense to a 56-point first half in a 56-14 win over Southwestern Heights.
- Chris Collins, a 3-star defensive end from Richmond, Va., blocked a kick as Benedictine (4-1, 3-0 VISAA Freelance) dominated Bishop O’Connell by a score of 48-7 on Friday.
- Bryson Richardson, a 3-star safety from Buford, Ga., recorded 4 tackles and broke up a pass to help Buford to its third win of the season as the Wolves (3-1, 1-0 Region 8 5-A) dominated Clarke Central 45-7.
- Trey Morrison, a 3-star athlete out of Norcross, Ga., cruised to another region win as Greater Atlanta Christian (5-1, 2-0 Region 7 3-A) easily handled Fannin County in a 55-7 rout.
Updated season stats:
Note: Player statistics will be added as they’re updated. Check back frequently for the most updated statistics for the season. Rows in bold reflect up-to-date stats.
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