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Heel Tough Blog: An NCHSAA Watch Guide For Tar Heel Fans

Saturday is the most important day of the 2019 season in the state of North Carolina, as the football state championships take center stage. Six Tar Heel commits and a few other key targets will be in action across the four triangle area schools, as they chase one of the eight state championships that will be handed out. Here is who to watch for in each game as a Tar Heel fan if you are planning to attend or watch the games on Saturday.

1A Championship: Northampton County Jaguars vs. Robbinsville Black Knights

Location: Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium Stadium, Durham, NC

Time: 3:00 PM

TV Coverage: WMYA- MyTV (Asheville), WCTI- DABL (Greenville/New Bern/Washington)

This is the one game on Saturday that does not have a single Tar Heel target that will be on the field, but this is still an interesting game. Robbinsville will bring in one of the running games in the state of North Carolina, led by two running backs who have both ran for over 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns. This is a nice game to enjoy as a prelude to the primetime matchup in Durham.

1AA Championship: Tarboro Vikings vs. East Surry Cardinals

Location: Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium Stadium, Durham, NC

Time: 7:00 PM

TV Coverage: WMYA- MyTV (Asheville), WMYV- MyTV (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point), WCTI- DABL (Greenville/New Bern/Washington), WRDC- MyNet (Raleigh)

This should be one of the top games on the schedule for Tar Heels fans, as three Tar Heels commits will be on display. 2020 3✮ ATH Jefferson Boaz will be the main focus of Tar Heels, especially with the uncertainty around quarterback commit Jacolby Criswell’s commitment. Boaz has had an amazing season so far for the Cardinals at quarterback, totaling 4,597 yards of offense and 74 total touchdowns, which are second and first in the state heading in. This will be a good look at Boaz, who will have the chance to prove that he can succeed if he is needed at quarterback when he arrives on campus. 2020 3✮ WR commit Stephen Gosnell will also look to put a bow on his fantastic senior season and show what he can bring to the table in a loaded wide receiver class. 2020 walk-on WR commit Landon Stevens is the other name to keep an eye on and will combine with Gosnell and Boaz to form a lethal passing offense that has driven the Cardinals so far this season. Two targets, 2021 3✮ DT Isaac Washington and 2022 TE Benji Gosnell are also worth watching for in this game.

2A Championship: Northeastern Eagles vs. Reidsville Rams

Location: BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

Time: 3:00 PM

TV Coverage: WMYV- MyTV (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point), WYDO- Bounce TV (Greenville/New Bern/Washington)

There will be a solid amount of Division 1 prospects on the field in this one, but the focus for Tar Heel fans should be on one player. 2021 3✮ WR Breon Pass has been a frequent visitor to campus and will look to close out his junior season at Reidsville with the school’s second straight state title over Northeastern. Pass enters the game as one of the Tar Heels top targets in the 2021 class and will be an important factor for the Rams as they attempt to bring home the school’s eighth state title since 1972.

3A: Southern Nash vs. Charlotte Catholic

Location: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

Time: 3:00 PM

TV Coverage: WCCB- MeTV (Charlotte), Channel 48.2-  getTV (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point), WYDO- FOX (Greenville/New Bern/Washington), WLFL- CW (Raleigh)

This starts what will be a big day for Tar Heel commits at the rival Wolfpack’s home stadium. 2020 3✮ OG commit Malik McGowan will look to take home his third straight state title after surviving a wild game in the semifinals against Kings Mountain in seven overtimes. Tar Heels fans will be able to get a good look at one of the most underrated prospects in this 2020 class for the Tar Heels, who may also have to play both sides of the ball to help try and slow down Southern Nash’s running back Quinton Cooley, who has run for 2,977 yards and 48 touchdowns so far this season.

3AA: Lee County Yellow Jackets vs. Weddington Warriors

Location: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

Time: 7:00 PM

TV Coverage: WCCB- CW (Charlotte), WMYV- Charge! (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point), WCTI- DABL (Greenville/New Bern/Washington), WLFL- CW (Raleigh)

Two more Tar Heel commits will be in action in the nightcap in Raleigh. 2020 4✮ WDE Desmond Evans, the headliner of the 2020 class for the Tar Heels, will team up with cousin and fellow 2020 commit Jayden Chalmers, a 3✮ CB prospect, to try to bring home the school’s first state championship in their first ever state championship appearance. This should be a must watch for Tar Heel fans, who will get a look at a guy in Evans that is one of the highest rated prospects to land with the Tar Heels. Both him and Chalmers will be faced with slowing down the Gatorade Player of the Year and a 2021 5✮ APB in Will Shipley. It will be interesting to see if Evans, who has lived in the backfield this season, racking up 35.0 tackles for loss, will be able to slow down one of the most versatile players in the country.

4AA Championship: Leesville Road Pride vs. Vance Cougars

Location: Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC

Time: 3:00 PM

TV Coverage: WCCB- CW (Charlotte), WMYV- Charge! (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point), WYDO- Bounce TV (Greenville/New Bern/Washington), WRDC- MyNet (Raleigh)

Two of the Tar Heels top 2021 targets will close down Kenan Stadium until the spring in the late game in Chapel Hill. Vance has had an impressive run to their second straight state game, in large part due to their phenomenal defense. That defense is led by 2021 4✮ ILB Power Echols, a target the Tar Heel staff has already prioritized early on in the 2021 cycle and the AP Defensive Player of the Year in the state of North Carolina. One of the other top targets in the class will oppose him in 2021 3✮ OT Andrew Canelas, a player that frequented Carolina during the 2019 season. He’ll combine with teammate and Clemson commit Mitchell Mayes to give Echols and this thriving defense at test. Both will look to lead their schools to their first state championships in their program’s history.

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