Deunta Williams Dissatisfied With Loss

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. --- No loss is justifiable. But, when considering Jacksonville (N.C.) White Oak's strong underdog role in Friday's match-up against Jacksonville (N.C.) Southwest Onslow, a 20-3 defeat isn't so dreadful.

The defending two-time NCHSAA 2A Champions, Southwest, averaged 38 points-per-game heading into Friday's rivalry contest and are considered the top 2A team by NC Prep Report.

Regardless, White Oak's two-way star and UNC verbal commit Deunta Williams wasn't the least bit satisfied.

"I feel like I can always do better," said Williams. "We didn't win, so everybody could have done better. I'm glad that we really put forth the effort – we really haven't played this hard since the summer. We were blowing teams out in the summer and we're starting to get that feeling back. If we can carry this over to the next game, we'll be dominant in our conference."

Playing a less familiar halfback position, Williams caught three passes for 16 yards and rushed for 36 yards on nine carries. Williams started the season at wide out, but was moved to the backfield to help the offense click.

"It let's me touch the ball a little bit more," said Williams. "Our quarterback is having a tough time and our line we aren't gelling like we should. They put me back there to try to make things happen just in case they miss some blocks, I could break a tackle or two and we could still get yards."

On defense, Williams plays a more nature centerfielder-style safety position, where he recorded three tackles. He added a fourth tackle on offense when fellow UNC pledge Kendric Burney intercepted a pass.

"I could have taken a cheap shot when [Burney] had an interception and flipping him, but I laid off a little bit," said Williams. "[If it was anyone else] It's hard to say, but I would have made the crowd go ‘Ohhhh.'"

Along with Burney, Williams plans to attend just about every North Carolina home game. Though firmly committed, Williams still fields phone calls from opposing coaching staffs.

"Some of the coaches call me like Coach [Dwayne] Dixon [wide receiver coach at N.C. State]," said Williams. "Every once in a while he'll tell me a joke about us. I've built a relationship with him and it's kind of hard letting go of some of those relationships. He just gives me advice like what to do on the field. But really that's about it. I really try to stay away from contact with other schools."

With Friday's loss, White Oak is now 0-4, but are optimistic about their conference schedule, which begins in two weeks.

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