Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic vs. Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep
Bergen Catholic ended an 11-game losing streak against the Ironmen and also ended their run of state titles at six with a 28-14 win, and class of 2014 prospect Garrett Dickerson was a force on the field. He plays tight end and defensive end, but made his mark in a big way on the defensive side of the ball. Dickerson explodes well at the snap and covers ground quickly in his first three steps. He gets up the field and also recognizes plays well. Several times he either tipped or altered a pass, and he showed a very good vertical. He was able to come off blocks and move to the inside to get to the running back and showed why he already has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers and others. Northwestern commit Kyle Queiro played safety and did a nice job of breaking on the ball. He came up to the line of scrimmage in run support, and while he wasn't an aggressive tackler but he did make plays in therunning game.
Class of 2014 defensive lineman Kyle Holupa (Rutgers offer) was able to get off blocks and help shut down Don Bosco Prep's running game, but the Ironmen did a nice job of containing him in the passing game. He is athletic and fluid, but he needs to increase his strength and body mass. Bergen Catholic receiver and Rutgers commit John Tsimis didn't play as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL suffered in May, and class of2014 linebacker prospect Cameron Queiro (Northwestern, Vanderbilt offers) isout for the season because of a concussion. Don Bosco's marquee player was four-star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad. He did a nice job of shedding blocks and diving to the middle in the running game, but he was unable to contend with Bergen Catholic's option in the first half and also didn't get much pressure on the quarterback because he was double teamed often.
Michael Clark, East Recruiting Analyst
Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt vs. Matthews (N.C.) Butler
On Saturday, Butler (15-0) showed why they are one of the elite teams in the country. The Bulldogs overwhelmed Jack Britt (13-3) in the North Carolina 4AA championship game. It was a mismatch from the beginning, as the Bulldogs won their third state title. Butler dominated early and led 42-14 at the half.
Offensively, the Bulldogs scored at will in the first half. They led 42-14 after two quarters of play. Butler quarterback Riley Ferguson (Tennessee commit) completed 20-29 passes for 301 yards and five touchdowns. The senior showed great poise and leadership.
Ferguson did not do it by himself on offense. Running back Josh Glisson finished with 140 yards rushing, 53 receiving, and four total touchdowns. Senior wide receivers Uriah LeMay (Georgia commit) and Kameron Billings both made several big plays. Lemay finished with 5 catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while Billings had four catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Anthony Ratliff, who lined up at receiver, threw the ball twice on trick plays and completed both for 84 yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for 30 yards.
Defensively, Butler's linebackers wreaked havoc all day. Seniors Sean Wiggins (Ball State commit) and Peter Kalambayi (Stanford commit) each finished with double-digit tackles. Wiggins had 16 and Kalambayi totaled 12. In the secondary, senior cornerbacks David Moore (Ball State commit) and Channing Stribling (Michigan commit) both played well. Stribling caught a touchdown and had an interception before having to leave the game in the third quarter with a sprained ankle. The injury was not serious and Stribling played some in the fourth quarter.
Overall, Butler is the best high school football team I have ever seen. They were strong in all phases of the game and have 15-20 college prospects on their roster. They left no doubt that they are the best team in North Carolina and one of the best in the country. Glisson won the offensive MVP, Wiggins won the award on defense, and Ferguson took home the overall MVP.
Concord (N.C.) vs. Havelock N.C.
The 3A state championship game was a tale of two halves. Concord (13-3) led 21-20 at intermission. However, Havelock (15-1) came out in the second half and scored 29 unanswered points and won the game 49-21.
Senior Havelock quarterback/safety Pharoh Cooper (South Carolina commit) had an incredible game. On offense, the Rams' star finished with 67 yards passing, 81 yards rushing, and two touchdowns. Defensively, he intercepted a pass and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown and also made several tackles. He was named the game's overall MVP.
Havelock junior running back Derrell Scott also had a good game and took home offensive MVP honors. He finished the game with 18 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns. While he played well the entire game, Scott took his game to a new level in the second half and made several key plays.
Defensively the Rams were dominant in the second half. Along with Cooper, senior cornerback A.J. Coplon (East Carolina commit), senior defensive end Kendal Vickers (South Carolina commit), and senior defensive tackle Malcolm Ashley (ECU commit) led the way. Coplon made two of the biggest plays of the game on back-to-back possessions when he forced two fumbles. He returned one for a touchdown and Havelock's offense scored after the other.
Concord quarterback B.J. Beecher's high school career came to end on Saturday. While it did not end the way he wanted, Beecher played well and kept Concord in the game for two quarters. He finished 22-36 for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
Although Concord was able to hang around for a half, Havelock was clearly the better team and was able to repeat as 3A state champions. The Rams had as much if not more team speed than any other school in the state, and in the end that was the difference. With four-star running back Derrell Scott and several talented young players returning next year, the Rams have a chance for a three-peat.
Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic vs. Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford
Northern Guilford (15-0) won their third straight 3AA state championship Saturday night. The Nighthawks did it in dominating fashion beating Charlotte Catholic (13-2) 64-26.
The game belonged to Northern Guilford's senior running back T.J. Logan (North Carolina commit), who finished with 28 carries for 510 yards and eight touchdowns – both state championship game records. Logan, the game MVP, scored on runs of 46, 27, 80, 85, 19, 14, 82, and 73 yards. He speed and ability to make people miss is unbelievable. It was one of the best performances I have ever seen any sport at any level. Logan has a bright future and Tar Heel fans will enjoy watching him over the next several years.
Charlotte Catholic's Elijah Hood was one of the few bright spots for his team. The junior running back finished the game with 34 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns. It was the end of what was a sensational year for the Cougars' star.
The Nighthawks plan was to make someone other than Hood beat them, and that is just what they did. In five playoff games, Northern Guilford outscored their opponents 269-40.