Paulus, CBA Undefeated Heading into Playoffs

With the 48-34 victory over Auburn (N.Y.) last Friday, Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy ended the 2006 regular season undefeated.

"We're undefeated so we're happy about that," said quarterback Mike Paulus. "But our school, we have high expectations so 7-0 [record] isn't just it. We want to keep playing and win sectionals, win regionals and go into the state final four. So we've just got to get better every week and keep improving on what we need to do."

On the year, Paulus, a 6-foot-5 208-pounder, has thrown 19 touchdown passes as the Christian Brothers Academy team averages over 40 points per game.

CBA opens up the playoffs Friday as the number one seed and host number four seed Manlius (N.Y.) Fayetteville-Manlius, who is 3-4.

"We feel confident, but we also know they are a team with a lot of seniors and this will be their last chance to win," said Paulus. "Plus, it's the playoffs so it gives it that extra hype."

In addition to focusing on his senior season with CBA, Paulus has kept an eye on North Carolina, the school he verbally committed to in late April.

"I've watched the Virginia Tech and Rutgers games, and I'll watch the game against Virginia [Thursday night]," said Paulus. "The talent's there, there's just so much to improve on. They have a lot of playmakers there, they just have to put it together."

Paulus has paid special attention to the quarterback situation.

"A lot of people see that the opportunity is there [at quarterback]," said Paulus. "They need a trigger man that can get the job done. I'm working hard to be that guy. Cam Sexton is a very good guy and I'm looking forward to competing with him."

With the disappointing start to the Tar Heels' season, a few coaching staffs have inquired about the firmness of Paulus' pledge to UNC.

"I'm not going to say anything about my commitment or anything like that until after my season and they find out what they're going to do with the coaching staff," said Paulus.

Paulus still has yet to schedule his official visit with North Carolina, but will more than likely wait until after his senior season.

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