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Friday Night Lights: 2014 Edition No. Five

Welcome back Blue Devil faithful to Friday Night Lights Edition No 5 where Blue Devil Nation keeps you updated on the high school gridiron action for future Blue Devils and recruiting targets. Duke is still looking to add a running back to their 2015 class so this update will start with running back action.

Nyheim Hines rushed for 202 yards and four touchdowns as Garner defeated West Johnston 56-14 to improve to 5-1 on the season. Additionally, Hines returned a kick-off 75 yards for a touchdown. He has rushed for 1,135 yards on the season.

Ruben Garnett rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown as Aquinas won their 20th straight game 31-6 over Hancock Central. Garnett’s touchdown run was for 16 yards in the 2nd quarter.

Trai Sharp sprained his right ankle on his second carry of the game and did not return to action. Carrboro lost to Randleman 27-20.

Turning to a couple of 2016 targets, Elijah Deveaux ran for 196 yards including a 48 yard touchdown as Charlotte Christian defeated Charlotte Latin 30-20.

Antonio Williams rushed for 310 yards as North Stanley defeated North Moore 42-9.

Wide receiver commit T.J. Rahming recorded seven catches for 90 yards including a 16 yard touchdown reception as McEachern defeated Marietta 37-23.

Wide receiver commit Aaron Young recorded six catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns but Murrieta Valley dropped a 38-35 decision to Elsinore.

Wide receiver commit Keyston Fuller and the Griffin Bears were idle on Friday night but here is a link to a nice article on the team’s 5-0 start.

Wide receiver commit DePriest Turner, who plays quarterback for his high school team, rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another as Murphy defeated Davidson 27-14. Turner’s three rushing touchdowns covered 24, six and 11 yards, while his touchdown pass went for 28.

Quentin Harris threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to lead the Taft School to an 8-6 win over Trinity-Pawling.

Friday Night Lights: 2014 Edition No. Four

Friday Night Lights is back with updates on future Blue Devils and recruiting targets. Be sure and click the links to read articles from local media on the high school exploits of these young men.

Quarterback commit Quentin Harris completed 18 of 35 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort as Taft School fell to Brunswick School 53-14. The two touchdown throws covered 16 and 30 yards. Harris also threw an interception in the game. Taft School is now 0-2 on the season.

Nyheim Hines rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries as Garner defeated East Wake 33-21. Hines also threw a touchdown pass in the game. He was sick earlier in the day with a headache and dizziness, and had to be taken to see a doctor who cleared him to play.

Tight end Tyler Petite scored on a 26 yard touchdown reception as Campolindo defeated Dublin 45-14.

Wide receiver Flynn Nagel caught four touchdown passes as Lemont defeated Oak Forest 42-20. His four touchdowns covered 56, 20, 12 and six yards. Overall, the Duke commit finished with eight catches for 166 yards.

DePriest Turner threw two 4th Quarter touchdown passes to lead Murphy over Daphne 18-17. Turner has committed to Duke as a wide receiver. The linked articles’ photo gallery includes a couple of photos of Turner in action.

Ruben Garnett rushed for 86 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries as Aquinas defeated Mount de Sales 55-35.

Albert Funderburke carried the ball 24 times for 217 yards and three touchdowns as Sun Valley defeated Monroe 48-47 in a shootout. One of Funderburke’s touchdown runs was for 88 yards.

Last weekend, T.J. Rahming recorded seven catches for 88 yards including the game winning 25 yard touchdown as McEachern defeated Lovejoy 7-3. Here is a video of Rahming’s touchdown reception. Rahming has been invited to participate in the Army All American Bowl.

2016 wide receiver commit Scott Bracey suffered cramps on Friday night and was removed from the game in the 3rd Quarter. Benedictine defeated St. Christopher’s 23-17.

2016 running back prospect Elijah Deveaux scored on a 19 yard run as Charlotte Christian blanked Liberty Christian 10-0.

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Preview: Duke at Miami

Duke at Miami
7:30 PM ET
Saturday, September 27
Miami Gardens, FL
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network, Sirius Ch 108 and XM Ch 193
Duke in 2014: 3-0
Miami in 2014: 2-2


OUT – Dan Beilinson (TE), Johnathan Lloyd (CB), Dezmond Johnson (DL), Trip McNiell (OL)
OUT FOR SEASON – Kelby Brown (LB), Braxton Deaver (TE), Taariq Shabazz (DE)


OUT – Rashawn Scott (WR), Alex Gall (OG), Matt Goudis (K)
OUT FOR SEASON – Rayshawn Jenkins (DB)

Duke opens ACC play with a trip to ACC Coastal Division rival Miami on Saturday night. The Blue Devils defeated the Hurricanes 48-30 in Durham last season, behind a rushing attack that ran for 358 yards. Miami still hold a convincing lead on the all-time series, having won 9 out of 11 games and 4 out of 5 in Miami.


It will take a complete effort of solid fundamental football for the Blue Devils to upset the Hurricanes for a second year in a row: a positive turnover margin, strong specials teams play, and physicality in the trenches. Miami’s freshman QB Brad Kaaya is an undisputable talent, but will be playing in just his second ACC game. While he has already set the school record for passing yards in a game (and has a good chance to break it against the Blue Devils this week), Kaaya has thrown an interception in each of his 4 starts, a total of 7 picks on the season. Duke’s “opportunistic” secondary must continue that streak and take advantage of poor reads, tipped passes, and overthrows. Of course, to win the turnover battle, the Blue Devils must take care of the football better than they did against Tulane in week 4. The Hurricanes have proven adept at stripping the football in the early season, coming up with 6 fumble recoveries, including two forced by senior LB Thurston Armbrister and junior DB Deon Bush.

A quick look at the injury report for the week shows that Miami will be without their veteran kicker Matt Goudis for the 3rd straight week. Freshman walk-on Michael Badgley will take over the kicking duties, and is thus far mostly untested, converting his one and only FG attempt in his career. With an explosive Miami offense, Duke must win the field position battle, forcing the Hurricanes to face a long field. Special teams miscues or turnovers that lead to a short field will result in easy points for this offense. The Blue Devils will expect another big day out of their veteran special teams units led by Will Monday and Ross Martin.

For those who saw the Blue Devils defeat the Hurricanes a year ago, the victory was the direct result of Duke dominating in the trenches. To win again, Duke must contain the Hurricanes’ senior-laden pass rush, led by DL Anthony Chickillo, LB Denzel Perryman, DL Ufomba Kamalu, and LB Thurston Armbrister. The Blue Devils’ offensive line will be bolstered by the expected return of Lucas Patrick, and will need to impose its will to protect Anthony Boone and open holes for their explosive running back stable. When facing a dangerous offense like the Hurricanes, the best defense can be a good offense – one that is able to consistently move the chains and find the end zone. Third down conversions will be critical.

Defensively, there is one apparent key to beating the Hurricanes this year – holding them to under 4.0 yards per carry. Of course, when the ball is in the hands of Duke Johnson, that’s easier said than done, but both Louisville and Nebraska were able to accomplish just that in defeating Miami. Slowing the Hurricanes through the air is just as challenging, with Kaaya able to spread the ball around amongst TE Clive Walford (3.75 catches per game), WR Phillip Dorsett (33 yards per catch!), and Raleigh native WR Braxton Berrios (3.5 catches per game). With Miami’s athletes, explosive plays are almost inevitable; Duke must find ways to make the stops necessary to force punts and field goals instead of touchdowns – bend but don’t break.


For Miami to win this game, they must match the Blue Devils’ intensity for a full 60 minutes. They do not have to play mistake-free football, but they certainly must shore-up a defense that allowed 334 yards and 6.2 yards per carry a week ago at Nebraska. A strong effort from Chickillo and Kamalu will be needed to contain a Duke running game that ranks 21st in the country and features freshman sensation Shaun Wilson, averaging 14.4 yards per carry. Success against the run will force Anthony Boone into obvious passing situations, where he has been prone to errant and forced throws.

Offensively, this is all about putting the ball in the Hurricanes’ playmakers’ hands. Duke’s young secondary will have its hands full with Dorsett, Berrios, and Walford, leaving plenty of running room for the explosive Johnson. If Miami is able to turn explosive plays into touchdowns, it will be a long night for the Blue Devils.


The Hurricanes, coming off a loss and with last year’s thumping fresh in their minds, will be hungry for a victory Saturday night. Expect a much improved effort from Miami defensively, disrupting the Duke offense and stalling drives. Miami will find ways to utilize their playmakers in space, creating mismatches against the young Blue Devil secondary. Dorsett and Johnson will each find the end zone, and the Hurricanes will win the turnover battle. Miami will look to get out to an early lead, forcing the Blue Devils to play from behind for much of the game. Duke will not go down without a fight, but the Hurricanes’ athletes will prove too much for the untested Blue Devils.


The weakness of the Blue Devils’ nonconference schedule will catch up to them as they face a tough ACC opener at Miami. Coach Cutcliffe will have his team ready to play, but the Blue Devils will struggle to execute consistently against an athletic and motivated Hurricane squad. Duke opens with an ACC loss, but remains very much alive in the wide-open Coastal Division.

Miami 42, Duke 31


Jamison Crowder talks Duke-Miami

Jamison-Crowder-8-31-13Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder has played in some big games to date and he know this weekends visit to Miami will be a tough one.  Crowder and the rest of the Duke team realize the challenge ahead as they take on the Hurricanes who enter the game as favorites.  Crowder addressed the media today and here is what he had to say –

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Helton & Crowder Spark Duke Win

DSC_0065DURHAM – Duke got a big performance from linebacker David Helton on Saturday, as Duke forced 4 turnovers and held Tulane to just 13 points.  See his post game comments below and then check out what Jamison Crowder had to say as well .

His senior teammate, All-ACC WR Jamison Crowder, led the Blue Devils with 119 yards receiving  as the team finished their nonconference season at 4-0.