Game Report: Hargrave vs. UNC JV

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--With perfect Carolina blue skies overhead and a sparse but enthusiastic crowd in the stands, the UNC JV team lost to Hargrave Military Academy 37-27 in a game that showcased both current and future Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium.

While the game wasn't as close as the score would indicate, the action was heated and both teams played well. The main attraction was, of course, the four UNC commitments playing for Hargrave Academy: Kenny Price, Khalif Mitchell, Terry Hunter, and Marcus Hands.

Price, Mitchell, and Hunter played with the "Black" squad for Hargrave, along with UNC target Brandon Setzer. Going up against offensive linemen currently on the UNC squad (some not on the depth chart, some walk-ons), the Hargrave defensive front more than held their own.

Mitchell and Price started at defensive tackle, and both displayed why they were so coveted out of high school. Mitchell appeared to be the most polished player on the defensive side of the ball for Hargrave, splitting double teams and blowing through single coverage with regularity. It became a moot point to count quarterback hurries after the third one on the first series, and observers (including one former UNC lineman) couldn't believe the rapidity with which Mitchell got off the line.

Price, while less active pressuring the passer, appeared to be in the backfield on two running plays before the ball was even in the hands of the UNC running back. The interior of the UNC offensive line, which performed very well against the second team of Hargrave Academy, had serious trouble containing Price and Mitchell whether pass blocking or attempting to open holes on running plays.

Terry Hunter and Brandon Setzer, the ends for Hargrave's "Black" squad, racked up the statistics as a result of Price and Mitchell's ability to disrupt the offensive line's schemes--though both played very well themselves. On one play in particular, Setzer and Hunter met at the quarterback for a bone crushing sack, a scene UNC fans would love to see on Saturday rather than Sunday next season. Setzer tacked on a second sack for good measure. Both Setzer and Hunter displayed the pure speed around the corner so clearly lacking in this season's edition of the Tar Heels.

Though Marcus Hands played on the second tier of Hargrave's defensive front, with such a talent roster that isn't a slam on his potential. The tall and speedy Hands tallied a key sack late in the game to end a UNC push (the score had stood at 37-10 at one point), and showed flashes of real brilliance. A bit painfully for him, however, the UNC offensive line also introduced him intimately to the ground several times.

The UNC JV defense didn't, in all truth, look much different from the varsity. N.C. State recruit Darrell Blackman ran roughshod in limited time, including runs of 43 and 48 yards (both for TDs.). Virginia Tech commitment Cory Holt was also impressive, throwing for multiple long touchdowns and demonstrating a scrambling ability both inside and outside the pocket that Hokie fans have reason to be excited about.

The JV offense performed better than the defense, but gained most of its yardage against the second team defensive front of Hargrave Academy. When going up against the first team, the constant pressure and penetration of the pocket (whether the UNC JV offense was running or passing), yardage was hard to come by.

Hunter, Mitchell, Price, Hands

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