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East Forsyth coach says Wake commit Beal has 'it' factor

East Forsyth coach Todd Willert talks about what makes Wake commit Christian Beal a special player.

TYRO, N.C. — East Forsyth (N.C.) finished 14-1 last season, just one win away from playing for the NCHSAA Class 4-AA championship.

One of their many offensive weapons is Wake Forest commit Christian Beal, who saw limited action Friday in the Newbridge Bank Jamboree at West Davidson High School.

“He just needs to do what he does,” East Forsyth coach Todd Willert said about what he’s looking for out of Beal in 2016. “He makes plays. He made an unbelievable catch. We know what we’re going to get out of him, and he goes 110 percent all of the time.

“He’s a special guy and has the ‘it’ factor.”

Willert said Beal is one of the rare players that truly loves the game of football.  

“He loves and understands the game. He sees three seconds ahead of everything else, that’s why he can play running back, quarterback, receiver and slot, because he understands the game,” Willert said. “They’re (Wake Forest) getting a great player, but he’s so smart.”

While only playing a handful of snaps Friday, Beal lined up in the slot, as a running back and laid a solid block on a goal line opportunity.

“We could probably put him at center, and he would be very successful if we needed him. Like last year, we’ll put him at quarterback, running back, slot and full back,” Willert said. “He loves to block. There’s times when it’s fourth-and-one and people wonder why we don’t give it to Christian. It’s because he’s my best blocker and he loves to block. He loves his teammates and will block for them.”

While Willert’s Eagles seemingly scored at will, they struggled at time to stop North Davidson.

“We can be a real good football team, but if we can’t stop anybody — we can’t be getting beat deep,” Willert said. “Every other play, our DBs are getting beat deep, and that’s inexcusable with all the talent we have. That’s supposed to be our strength. I’m very disappointed. Defensively, our front four and our linebackers played great.

“Offensively, we just do what we do. We have a lot of playmakers and we spread it around. We have one of the best offensive lines in the state. That’s the secret to our success.”

The Eagles open the regular season at 7:30 p.m. at home Friday against Mount Tabor.

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