Wake commit Beal leads East Forsyth to rivalry game victory

Wake commit Christian Beal helped lead his East Forsyth Eagles to a 23-10 rivalry game victory Friday night with several Demon Deacon coaches in attendance.

CLEMMONS, N.C. — With Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson in attendance, East Forsyth’s Christian Beal reeled off more than 150 all-purpose yards to help his No. 1 ranked Eagles topple No. 3 West Forsyth 23-10 Friday night.

The future Demon Deac rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries, caught a 15-yard touchdown pass, and delivered in the kick return game as well.

“It’s a great win. We came out as the underdog,” Beal said after the win. “Everybody thought West was going to beat us, and that West would be the hardest game on our schedule. But we did pretty good against them.”

Beal’s versatility has become a weapon East Forsyth coach Todd Willert has relied on the last couple seasons.  

“Whatever Willert wants me do, I’m glad to help,” Beal said. “I can’t just play one position and call it a day. I’m a threat in the passing and running game, and that’s what he likes to display.”

Beal plans to graduate East Forsyth early and enroll at Wake in the spring semester. Willert jokingly has other plans.

“I’m hoping Wake will let me have him for one more year,” he said.  

“He’s a special guy. That’s why he’s a D-1 player. That’s why Wake Forest fought so hard to get him. I’m glad he’s staying at home at Wake so I can see him. I have to travel to see everybody else, so it will be nice to have someone in my backyard.”

Beal felt good about delivering in front of members of the Wake coaching staff.

“It felt great. I felt like I did pretty good for them,” he said. “They got to see that they’ve got a good commit coming in for them that can do whatever they need. I think I put on a show for them.”

Getting to Wake gives him a chance to get up to speed quicker and potentially fight for precious playing time.

“I hope that gives me a good chance of being out there, getting to know everybody, compete in spring ball and getting to know the playbook,” Beal said. “I think me graduating early was a good decision.”

Beal watched the Deacs play Tulane Thursday at BB&T Field with fellow commit Allan Rappleyea.  

“They came out a little sluggish, but a win in a win,” he said. “We just need to step it up on the offensive side. The defense looked great.”

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