McAdoo Helps Shutdown Southern

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- A Jared McAdoo-led defense, with an assist from mother nature, shut down Southern Durham's high-powered offense to help deliver a 10-0 victory to Chapel Hill on Friday night.

"All week, we just practiced with intensity," McAdoo said. "We knew they had speed, we just prepared for it. We just came out fired up, playing sideline-to-sideline, and as a unit."

In cold and soggy conditions, McAdoo and his fellow defensive linemen were able to consistently pressure Southern quarterback Alan Lea. Thus, Chapel Hill limited an offense that sports three Division I wideouts – seniors Nick Jones and Reese Wiggins and junior Tony Creecy – to 80 yards of total offense, including just 35 through the air.

"We just lined up and played," McAdoo said. "We still don't have the respect that we want, so most teams still take us lightly. We just come out, hit them in the mouth, and go 100 miles-per-hour."

After Chapel Hill scored a touchdown on the first drive of the game, the score wouldn't change again until kicker Justin Kircher converted a 33-yard field goal with 4:27 left in the game.

On the ensuing possession, McAdoo recovered a fumble to nearly seal the victory.

"I believe we had a twist call - I shot inside and then the tackle stunted outside," McAdoo said. "The quarterback, when he saw me coming, he tried to get rid of it quick and just lost the ball. It was just there for me to jump on it."

McAdoo only registered a couple of tackles, but could have been credited with as many as a handful of QB hurries.

"For all of us to be successful, we all have to help each other out and each of us has to play a decent game," McAdoo said.

Life is good for McAdoo. Chapel Hill is now alone in first place in the PAC-6 Conference and North Carolina, the school he committed to in early March, is off to a great start.

"We're 5-1, we're doing well," McAdoo said.

"I expected [the record], because you know all season they've been working hard, [and] Coach [Butch] Davis, Coach [John] Blake, and all the coaches are building a great program."

McAdoo says he and Blake, his primary recruiter, talk "when they can, as much as they can."

"Right now, he just talks about me getting my abs strong and just keep running hard and working hard," McAdoo said.

Given his proximity to UNC, it's not a surprise that McAdoo has attended every UNC home game – and plans to attend every future home game. While on campus, he tries to help UNC in their recruiting efforts.

"Every time I'm at a game, I try to meet new recruit and try to help them bring in more recruits," McAdoo said.

McAdoo says his main targets have been Hawatha Bell, Sam Montgomery, and Terry Shankle.

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