Friday Night Lights: Checking Out the Week 5 Action

Trip-McNeill-3-7-13Welcome back Blue Devil faithful to another edition of Friday Night Lights where Blue Devil Nation provides readers with updated information on future Blue Devils high school action. This week’s update includes comments from Trip McNeill, Johnathan Lloyd, Tinashe Bere and Chris Taylor.

We start out with a bit of disappointing news from Pennsylvania.

Running back Shai McKenzie is a player we followed closely last season so we are sad to report he tore his ACL last Friday night and is out for the season. He recently cut his list to five schools with Duke not making the shortened list. Four of his five are ACC schools: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh so there is a good possibility we will see McKenzie on the opposite (wrong) sideline at Wallace Wade Stadium in future years. The fifth school on McKenzie’s list is Arkansas.

Blue Devil Nation wishes McKenzie a speedy and full recovery, and good luck in his future college career. We would have loved to have you!

Duke’s newest verbal commit, running back Shaun Wilson ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns as West Mecklenburg upset Independence 40-33 on Thursday night. Wilson is an exciting runner who possesses speed and elusiveness.

Davie County defeated Thomasville 43-7 by emphasizing the running game. Offensive lineman Trip McNeill commented, “The team played really well. We had a great week at practice and it showed big.” Davie County improves to 2-3 on the year and will host Reagan on Friday for their Homecoming Game.

Johnathan Lloyd rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns as Southern Alamance won their third consecutive game with a 48-28 victory over Southwest Guilford. In describing the game, Lloyd commented, “The offense was really clicking. The line played outstanding and the receivers made plays.” Lloyd also threw a touchdown pass in the victory.

Southern Alamance improves to 4-1 on the season.

Tinashe Bere recorded a quarterback sack as Sycamore defeated Middlesex 33-5. When asked about the sack, Bere stated, “It was exciting.” He continued, “I had 10 tackles total.”

Chris Taylor had two receptions for 65 yards as University defeated Somerset 57-0. Taylor communicated to Blue Devil Nation. “I only played two quarters.” It isn’t surprising the talented receiver’s playing time was limited considering the final score.

Verbally committed quarterback Nico Pierre and Coral Reef defeated Killian 21-20 in overtime on Friday night. Pierre scored in overtime on a one yard run.

Highly touted wide receiver prospect Trevon Lee and Cardinal Gibbons blanked Boyd Anderson 30-0.

Verbally committed tight end Davis Koppenhaver and William S. Hart were 56-7 winners over Ridgeview.