Bunn Scores Three TDs in Victory

SMITHFIELD, N.C. --- In a game that showcased three North Carolina commitments, D.J. Bunn stole the show by helping Smithfield-Selma defeat Chapel Hill, 22-12, with three highlight reel-worthy touchdowns.

"I felt pretty big this game, because last week I was cramping up a lot," Bunn said. "I felt like I didn't produce that much for my team [last game]. So I felt like I had to come out and redeem myself."

Bunn certainly redeemed himself. From his wing-back position, the 5-foot-11, 187-pounder rushed for 105 yards on seven carries and caught two passes for 48 yards.

Approximately two minutes after giving Smithfield-Selma a 9-3 lead with a six-yard touchdown run, Bunn busted the game wide open when he took an end-around 76 yards to pay dirt late in the second quarter.

"It was just good blocking," Bunn said. "My wide receiver, DeAntonio [Dublin], he got there [and] he pushed the corner out. And then my wing-back, Junior [Bryant], he pushed a guy in. I saw the safety coming down; he took a bad angle, so I felt like there was no need to juke so I just ran right past him."

Early in the fourth quarter, Bunn virtually sealed the victory when he caught a screen pass on third-and-long and turned it up the field for a 35-yard touchdown reception.

"Coach [Anthony Barbour], he had designed that play for me," Bunn said. "I saw it was like three guys around me. I was like ‘Hey, I'm about to come down with this ball.' And I went up and got it. I turned around and I saw this one corner so I made a move on him and took it to the house."

On defense, Bunn played cornerback where he record five tackles (four solo).

While Bunn was the star on offense, his teammate and future Tar Heel Justin Dixon shined on defense. The 6-foot-1, 231-pounder was all over the field, collecting 10 tackles (five solo) and two sacks. He also deflected a pass at the line and forced a fumble.

"I felt like I was playing sideline-to-sideline," Dixon said. "I was running plays down from the backside, getting sacks."

Making his accomplishments more impressive, Dixon played the majority of the night at defensive end mostly lining up across highly touted junior offensive tackle Rob Crisp.

"I don't think any of our defensive ends could really [match-up against Crisp]," Dixon said. "We were afraid [Chapel Hill] was going to run all night behind him.

"… I took it to him from the first snap of the ball to the end… I was all over the field making plays. When they were trying to run the ball, I held my ground."

From his fullback position, Dixon rushed for 19 yards on eight carries.

In addition to Crisp, the opposite sideline also included fellow UNC pledge Jared McAdoo.

"It was exciting," Dixon said of playing against McAdoo. "It was good playing against him. He's a talented guy. He's a beast on defense."

McAdoo, a 6-foot-2, 288-pound defensive lineman, quietly made six tackles (three solo) and a QB hurry.

"It was just the bouncing around," McAdoo said. "They kept moving from position to position, it kind of threw me off. Our defense, we weren't getting our calls right and our alignment so it was kind of hard to get all that together."

For a good portion of the night when he lined up in his three-point stance, McAdoo saw future UNC teammates Bunn and Dixon in the opposing backfield.

"It's always fun," McAdoo said of playing against Bunn and Dixon. "We always joke and stuff on the field and have fun. We really don't beat each other down, we try to lift each other up."

Bunn, who crossed paths with McAdoo several times throughout the game, agreed.

"It was pretty good playing against a future Tar Heel," Bunn said. "He had good plays on me, I had a couple of good plays on him – it was pretty cool. I knew he was going to be coming [through the line], but I felt like I had the speed to outrun him."

Smithfield-Selma (2-1) will travel to Benson, N.C. to play South Johnston next week, while Chapel Hill (1-1) hosts Raleigh Broughton.

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