Part I: Blackman Shines in Hargrave-UNC Matchup

In the first of a two-part series on NC State verbal Darrell Blackman, we discuss his match-up with the UNC JV squad, where Darrell was the offensive star for Hargrave!

This afternoon at Kenan Stadium on the University of North Carolina campus, spots of red could be found throughout the complex, with Wolfpack fans in attendance to watch Hargrave Military Academy Running Back Darrell Blackman. Blackman was impressed with the crowd that he attracted.

"I was glad to see all the Red and White Wolfpack fans in here," he told StateFans. "Coach told me before the game that a lot of fans would be here to watch, and I knew it would be a good chance for me to show out. This was the first time a lot of those fans would see m, and I wanted to do good for them.

Darrell did more than "do good," rushing for unofficially over 135 yards on 12 carries before being pulled early in the third quarter with Hargrave comfortably ahead 37-6. The UNC JV defensive squad, featuring scholarship players such as Joe Kedra, Isaiah Thomas, Alden Blizzard, and Mickey Rice, struggled to handle the Hargrave offense, with Blackman leading the rushing attack from the beginning.

"I got a little more carries then I usually do because the other running backs were not running like they can or were just not focused today. Coach kept putting me in, and I kept producing."

Darrell opened the scoring on the day with a 48-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He gives us his thoughts about what happened on his first rushing score.

"It was a ‘71' designed to go up the middle, but when I hit the hole the linebacker filled it. So I bounced it outside when I saw the opening and just went for it. My receiver set a big block, and I took it to the house."

The next scoring jaunt was a fifty yarder on Hargrave's opening drive of the third. With the score 30-6, Blackman brought the crowd to its feet with a 50-yard touchdown where he reversed the field up the visitors sideline.

"That one was a good one," he said laughing. "It was a toss sweep, and I saw the whole defense swing to that side so I decided instead of just going out of bounds or taking an unnecessary hit to cut it back across the field. My lineman gave me a key block on one of the men getting up and it broke wide open for me again."

Blackman's play impressed many of those in attendance, including's Atlantic Coast Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit, who had this to say about Darrell's performance:

"Darrell showed his speed early and often. On plays to the outside, he showed a burst of speed after he watched the holes open up. He, like many of the other running backs for Hargrave, had trouble picking up yardage up the middle. Should he and NC State target George Bell commit together, it would be a formidable thunder and lightening combo for the Pack."

Stay tuned tomorrow for Part II of our coverage with running back Darrell Blackman, when we discuss his future with NC State, former teammate Ray Brooks, and his current Hargrave buddies among other issues!

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