Moss Dominant in Rout

WILMINGTON, N.C. --- North Carolina pledge Donte Moss made his presence felt on both offense and defense, as Northside routed Ashley, 33-6.

"I feel that we as a whole defense did well – not only me," Moss said. "The DBs stepped up – that was a weak point last year – only allowing one touchdown at the end of the game. The D-linemen, we put pressure on the quarterback, which rattled them a little bit.

"We were quick in our offense – the running game was on point, the passing game was on point."

Moss, a 6-foot-4, 231-pound defensive end, was virtually unblockable, consistently reaching Ashley's backfield for two sacks and three QB hurries.

"Coach [John] Blake, he taught me a couple of things," Moss said. "After awhile the tackle saw that I was going straight to the outside, so I would use that move to go to the inside. I would just get it every time. He didn't know what to do. He didn't know whether to come down on me or jump outside."

Moss recorded five total tackles (three solo).

On offense, Moss is the tailback in Northside's red-zone offense. On the night, he rushed for 17 yards and two touchdowns on five carries. He also scored a two-point conversion.

"When that ball is in my hands, I don't think," Moss said, "because when you think, that's when you mess up. I just go out there and play."

On the game's opening drive, Moss forced a fumble that a teammate recovered to give Northside possession at Ashley's 15-yard line.

With the red-zone offense in, Moss was fed the ball four consecutive times, scoring a touchdown on a four-yard run to take a 7-0 lead 8:21 into the first quarter.

Up 19-0 early in the second quarter, Northside called on its red-zone offense to attempt to go up three touchdowns. Moss answered the call by taking a handoff into the end zone.

On the ensuing drive, Moss delivered a devastating sack for a 15-yard loss. Ashley regrouped and put together a drive that eventually reached Northside's 20-yard line. Moss struck again, however, by stripping the quarterback and pouncing on the loose ball.

Moss scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run to cap a 70-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter.

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Since making a verbal commitment to UNC in early March, Moss has been the subject of countless rumors.

"They're just rumors," Moss said. "Doesn't everybody have rumors? Every good player is going to have rumors. You just take it. It's what comes with being a good player… I don't even worry about it."

The most prevalent rumor has Moss setting up visits to other schools, especially Florida. Moss adamantly proclaims that he has no plans to visit any school outside of UNC.

Moss, accompanied by his mother and a couple of Northside teammates, will be unofficially visiting UNC on Saturday to take in the McNeese State game.

"I would love to see a big first game," Moss said. "I'm ready to see my boy Marvin [Austin]."


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