Highsmith caught two passes for 44 yards and was targeted five times. The 6-foot-2, 165-pounder had averaged over 105 yards and a touchdown a game prior to Friday night.
"It's a little frustrating, but we won so it's not a big deal," Highsmith said of his lack of targets. "I'm a factor I guess – they want to double me, triple me. It just opens up things for other guys."
Highsmith was also a "factor" on defense. Not one of Conley's ten pass attempts was thrown in the direction of Highsmith, who lined up at both cornerback and safety throughout the night.
"One of the coaches I know – he's kind of my cousin – he told me they weren't throwing my way this week," Highsmith said.
On the season, Highsmith has five interceptions, which was a stat that led the state until two weeks ago when teams began to plan their passing attacks away from him.
This Friday, West Craven hosts Havelock in what has turned into the Coastal Conference Championship game.
"There's a lot of pressure," Highsmith said. "That's for the conference championship. We've got a lot to fight for."
Highsmith is also feeling a lot of pressure from his recent verbal commitment to North Carolina.
"It seems like everybody is looking at me to do stuff and save the day," Highsmith said.
Last weekend, Highsmith unofficially visited UNC and watched the Tar Heels rout ACC rival Boston College, 45-24. The highlight was seeing his idol, Hakeem Nicks, score four touchdowns.
"I watched Hakeem Nicks and I really look up to him," Highsmith said. "I hope I can play with him next year – if he doesn't leave."
Before leaving Chapel Hill, Highsmith spoke with UNC wide receivers coach Charlie Williams, as well as Butch Davis.
"They were just congratulating me [on my commitment]," Highsmith said.