North Carolina recruiting: Recapping semifinal round of high school football playoffs for Tar Heels’ class

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 championship round of the playoffs for the Tar Heels’ Class of 2018.

Saturday brought the week all high school football players across the country hope to play in before their four years are up — state championship week.

Across the state of North Carolina, the Tar Heels’ Class of 2018 was well represented among several of the state’s classifications with four commits who suited up Saturday, including one new face.

A fifth commit, 3-star quarterback Cade Fortin, who just announced his commitment this week, will play next week in the Georgia 7A state championship after snow postponed most of this weekend’s slate of games.

Here’s how the weekend went for the other four players:

Devon Lawrence, Javon Terry win NCHSAA 4AA state championship

Wake Forest High School (15-0) completed its run at an undefeated season Saturday, topping Mallard Creek 21-0 in the NCHSAA 4AA state championship game.

Though the game was played at BB&T Field, home of Wake Forest, in Winston-Salem, N.C., the crowd had a strong Chapel Hill presence. Offensively, Wake Forest was led by 3-star North Carolina running back commit Devon Lawrence, who carried the ball 25 times for 135 yards and also had a 9-yard catch to take home the game’s MVP honors.

Defensively, the Cougars were led by 3-star North Carolina safety commit Javon Terry, who had 2 tackles, 2 pass breakups and 1 interception, which he returned 21 yards. Terry’s effort was good enough to earn him the game’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors.

New commit Javonte Williams wins NCHSAA 2A state championship

On Saturday, Wallace-Rose Hill (14-1) and Reidsville matched up in the NCHSAA 2A state championship. It’s only fitting that this game was played in Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.

When the game took place, it didn’t mean much to Tar Heels fans, but that changed Sunday when 2-star safety/running back Javonte Williams announced his commitment to the Tar Heels.

Williams certainly showed off for his future team as Wallace-Rose Hill topped Reidsville 35-28 in an overtime thriller, giving the Bulldogs their fourth consecutive state championship. Williams put on a clinic, rushing for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 carries.

The effort earned Williams his fourth consecutive state championship MVP award (yes, you read that correctly). He’s certainly not your ordinary 2-star player.

Avery Jones, Havelock fall short in NCHSAA 3A state championship

Avery Jones, a 4-star North Carolina offensive tackle commit, and Havelock High School (14-2) hadn’t grown too accustomed to losing this season, doing so just once in the regular season (against Williams and Wallace-Rose Hill, no less).

Unfortunately for Jones and the Rams, they were reacquainted with the losing column in the most important game of the season, falling 28-14 to Charlotte Catholic in the NCHSAA 3A state championship game.

Played in Duke’s Wallace Wade Stadium, the weather likely played a small part in Havelock’s low-scoring affair. The team scored more than 40 points in every game except for the Wallace-Rose Hill loss this season. However, the Rams relied on a balanced offense with a strong passing game, which was difficult given the snowy and wet conditions of Saturday’s championship game.

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.

PASSING
Player Comp. Att. Comp. % Yards TD INT
Jace Ruder 89 185 48.1% 1,229 13 8
Cade Fortin 16 24 66.7% 206 2 0
Dyami Brown 2 3 66.7% 17 2 0
Devon Lawrence 1 1 100% 57 0 0
Javonte Williams 0 2 0% 0 0 0
RUSHING
Player Att. Yards TD
Jordyn Adams 11 37 0
Dyami Brown 37 212 5
Jace Ruder 130 1,032 15
Devon Lawrence 186 1,485 30
Trey Morrison 8 113 1
Javonte Williams 157 2,271 27
RECEIVING
Player No. Yards TD
Jordyn Adams 54 1,060 12
Dyami Brown 41 631 10
Devon Lawrence 18 242 1
Chris Collins 7 218 1
Trey Morrison 21 361 5
Javon Terry 1 27 0
DeAndre Hollins 1 50 0
Javonte Williams 13 363 5
DEFENSE
Player Tackles TFL Sacks INT Defl.
Dyami Brown 20 1 1 0 0
Avery Jones 76 17.5 5 0 0
Jace Ruder 43 2 0 4 1
Chris Collins 35 7 6.5 1 1
Bryson Richardson 51 0 1 0 7
Trey Morrison 22 0 1 0 0
Javon Terry 42 3 0 5 19
Jahlil Taylor 31 5 1 0 0
DeAndre Hollins 21 0 0 2 8
Javonte Williams 33 3 0 2 0

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