Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the DieHards.com team. Read his daily notebooks here at 9 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. In this edition, we recap the slate of high school football games in the third round of the playoffs for the Tar Heels’ Class of 2018.
For the second straight weekend, only a single North Carolina commit ended his season in the state playoffs.
Six players played in five games on Friday night, and all but 4-star receiver Jordyn Adams came out on the winning side, although there were a few close calls. That leaves five players advancing to the semifinals in North Carolina and Georgia.
Here’s how the class performed in the third week of the playoffs:
Avery Jones, 4-star OT, Havelock, N.C.
The playoffs have really highlighted Avery Jones’ ability to affect the game on both sides of the ball, and the third round was no exception.
In Havelock’s (13-1, 5-0 Coastal 3-A) 49-39 win against Southern Nash, Jones broke his previous season high with 12 tackles, his first double-digit tackle tally of the season. He also anchored an offensive line that kept quarterback Zach Sabdo on his feet, allowing him to complete 33 of 39 passes for 383 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Jordyn Adams, 4-star WR, Cary, N.C.
Jordyn Adams continued to show off his play-making ability in the third round of the NCSHSAA 4-AA state playoffs, although it wasn’t enough to keep Green Hope’s season alive.
Although Adams hauled in 2 touchdowns for the second consecutive game, the Falcons (10-3, Triangle 6 4-A) fell 56-39, ending their season just short of the state championship game.
- Devon Lawrence, a 3-star running back from Wake Forest, N.C., had a relatively tame game, carrying the ball just 12 times for 53 yards and 1 touchdown as Wake Forest (13-0, 5-0 Northern 4-A) easily moved past Sanderson 35-7 to advance to the state semifinals. He also caught 2 passes for 14 yards. Lawrence’s teammate, 3-star safety Javon Terry, also played Friday.
- After missing several games with a hamstring injury, Bryson Richardson, a 3-star safety from Buford, Ga., returned to action on Friday with 4 tackles and 1 quarterback hurry to help Buford (11-1, 6-0 Region 8 5-A) narrowly escape Stockbridge 20-7 to advance to the GHSAA 5-A semifinals.
- Trey Morrison, a 3-star athlete from Norcross, Ga., only had one touch on Friday, but he made it count with a 28-yard touchdown catch as Greater Atlanta Christian (12-1, 6-0 Region 7 3-A) dominated Jenkins 51-14 to advance to the semifinals of the GHSAA 3-A state playoffs.
Updated season stats
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