Fields leads team into championship round

Bryon Fields (5'10, 195, ATH) put together a big performance on Friday night to lead his high school team into the championship game. Afterwards he ventured to Duke for the Clemson game. After taking it all in, he spoke to TDD.

He committed to Duke as a virtual unknown a few weeks back, but Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day School standout Bryon Fields is now building a big time reputation when it matters most as he leads his team towards a state championship game this weekend.

Fields, who picked Duke over offers from Air Force, Appalachian State, Army, and Navy, has spent his senior year playing both cornerback and running back for Providence Day School. He's helped the team to an 8-4 overall record, and now a state championship game berth.

"Last weekend we played our rival, Charlotte Country Day in the semifinals," said Fields. "They had beaten us 17-7 in the regular season for our home coming game, so we wanted to be able to get a little bit of revenge while getting to the championship game."

Revenge is exactly what Fields and Providence Day got as the Chargers won the game 24-14 behind a big performance from the future Blue Devil.

"I had 18 carries for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Most of it came out of the Wildcat offense, and I was also able to get two catches for 35 yards. Most of my yardage came in the second half after they tied the game at seven."

The crowd, which featured some Duke staffers, his teammates, and especially his coach were all equally impressed with the senior's leadership and big game tendencies.

"He's something special," said head coach Bruce Hardin in a post game interview with the Charlotte Observer. "Just his presence on the field brings out the best in those other 10 guys. He would be the first to give credit to every man out there with him but he really makes things happen."

On the strength of Fields' performance, Providence Day is making a return to the biggest stage - a year after winning the title in 2011.

"We play Charlotte Christian this week for the championship," said Fields. "It'll be a great game."

After winning on Friday night, Fields made the trip from Charlotte to Durham to see his future team take on Clemson. And while it wasn't the result he had hoped for (Duke lost 56-20 to No. 10 Clemson), the future Blue Devil says he was encouraged with a lot of what he saw.

"I was at the game and thought Duke continued to play hard and never stopped competing…especially on offense. I feel like the program is still progressing and remains on track."

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