Just about everybody in high school football is either concluding their regular seasons and heading into the playoffs, or the post-season has actually begun. A number of future Blue Devils were fortunate enough to have their high school teams advance to the playoffs in their respective leagues. As usual, BDN brings you the results and the scoop on all of it.
Starting close to home in North Carolina, Statesville and CB Breon Borders advanced to the third round of the playoffs by rallying to a 41-29 victory over Asheville Ervin. However, things will get a lot tougher next week as the 12-1 Greyhounds travel to Belmont to face top-seeded South Point. Borders told BDN, "LOCKDOWN! I myself could've done better as always, but had about 5 tackles and 2 pass deflections - a pretty good game. On to the 3rd round!"
Undefeated Jacksonville Northside advanced in the 2-AA playoffs with a 41-28 win over Bethel North Pitt . Here is a feature article on Northside's TD catching machine and Blue Devil target (class of 2014) Josh Cabrera.
Over in Charlotte, CB Bryon Fields and Providence Day [private] had their dreams of repeating as state champions dashed as they fell in the title game to Charlotte Christian, 24-14.
QB Quay Chambers and Monroe High advanced with a 53-0 drubbing of East Surry in a Class 1-AA playoff tilt.
Two-way player Quay Mann, whose Northern Nash squad has completed their season, told BDN, "In our nine games, I finished with 987 all-purpose yards, 5 rushing TDs, 3 special teams TDs on returns, and 30 tackles. I only was thrown at four times all season while I was at corner. I intercepted one pass & two of them I deflected."
Moving out of North Carolina, Evrett Edwards and his Woodbridge (VA) squad couldn't get anything going and fell to 3-3 in a 17-0 loss to Battlefield. Said Edwards after the game, "I played well, almost 200 all purpose yards, but we lost. I'm ready to suit up and play some college ball now."
2014 running back Shai McKenzie and Washington (PA) came back from an early deficit, and thumped Seton-LaSalle in a quarterfinal playoff game, 33-17 to remain undefeated. McKenzie had a huge night, rushing for 201 yards on 30 carries, including a 56-yard TD.
WR Johnell Barnes and his Ft. Myers (FL) Dunbar teammates ended their excellent 8-2 regular season on a sour note with a 19-0 loss to Immokalee High. Dunbar now preps for the playoffs, which begin next week against Orlando Jones.
The Walker School (Marietta,GA), featuring star DT Mike Ramsay, completed the first perfect regular season in school history at 10-0 with a 21-0 shutout of Gordon Lee. The Wolverines now have two weeks off before their playoff action begins. Though Ramsay had to sit this one out due to having been ejected from the previous game, he was nonetheless ecstatic. "We are region champions! I got to sit up above the box where we film and do a little coaching/scouting!"
Moving to Texas: In their regular season finale, Reagan High (San Antonio,TX) and star OT Sterling Korona lost a heartbreaker to Roosevelt, 24-21. The Rattlers' playoff action begins next Friday night in the Alamodome against Smithson Valley.
OT Austin Davis and his Mansfield (TX) Tigers fell to De Soto 37-23 to close out its regular season schedule. Davis is looking forward to the playoffs, though, telling BDN, "We lost to the number 2 team in the nation, Desoto, by 13. We were up 23 to 22 with 8 mins left; we just couldn't finish! We actually struggled on offense! We couldn't capitalize! We believed we were the better team! But it is playoffs for us now!'
And heading further west to California, WR Darren Andrews and Bishop Amat (La Puente, CA) hung tough with traditional power Long Beach Poly before bowing 40-25 in the first round of the CIF playoffs.
RB Joseph Ajeigbe rushed for a 5-yard TD helping Norco avenge last season's playoff loss to Redlands East Valley by turning the tables on the Wildcates 50-22 in their Inland Division playoff opener. Ajeigbe piled up 144 yards rushing in the first half alone.
That's it for this week. Congrats to all the future Blue Devils (committed and those still deciding) on their performances so far, and good luck to those still alive in the playoffs! See ya next week! [/private]