Brandon Fritts comes up big againWhen Mentor faces St. Edward, the man to watch is Brandon Fritts. On Saturday, Fritts hauled in nine catches for 178 yards and a touchdown in Mentor's 41-38 regional final/state semifinal victory. Fritts was at his best a year ago when these two teams met in the regional semifinal. He accounted for 243 yards and four touchdowns in a 63-56 win for Mentor. A senior, Fritts will graduate Mentor early to start class next semester at North Carolina, where he will play football. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Elijah Hood rushes for 372 yards, 6 touchdownsCharlotte Catholic senior running back Elijah Hood left an impression in his last home game at Keffer Stadium. The North Carolina commit rushed 23 times for 372 yards and six touchdowns in the Cougars’ 56-30 win over Southeast Guilford in the third round of the N.C. 4A playoffs. (Charlotte Observer)
Elijah Hood named a finalist for U.S. Army Player of the Year AwardCharlotte Catholic senior running back Elijah Hood is one of six finalists for the 2014 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award. The winner of the national award will be presented with the Ken Hall Trophy during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Show on Jan.3. (Charlotte Observer)
Video: Elijah Hood Senior Season HighlightsSenior season highlights from 2014 North Carolina running back signee Elijah Hood at Charlotte Catholic High School.
Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard2014 UNC wide receiver commit Austin Proehl caught 11 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns in his team's playoff loss. Running back Elijah Hood continued to post monster numbers with 308 yards and 4 touchdowns. And wide receiver Josh Cabrera returned a punt for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and had an interception in his team's playoff win. Find out how the rest of UNC's football recruits performed in this week's edition of Inside Carolina's Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)
Garner’s Nyheim Hines rushes for 454 yards, 7 touchdownsNyheim Hines believes every moment on a football field is special. It showed again Friday night. Hines ran for a school record 454 yards and seven touchdowns to lead Garner by Fayetteville Jack Britt 63-56 in the second round of the 4AA playoffs. “Every game is special,” Hines said. “In football, you’re always one hit away from it being your last play ever. So that’s why I just cherish every moment I have on the field, live for the next play with my teammates.” (Raleigh News & Observer)
Elijah Hood rushes for 306 yards, 4 TDs in playoff winCharlotte Catholic scored back-to-back touchdowns to close the first half and open the second in beating visiting High Point Central 42-21 on Friday night in the second round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs. Germaine Pratt finished with 74 yards and two TDs receiving to lead the No. 5 Bison (9-4). Elijah Hood finished with 306 yards and four TDs rushing, while Ryan Miller added a rushing TD and passing TD to lead the No. 4 Cougars (11-2). (High Point Enterprise)
Caleb Henderson's incredible touchdown passLake Braddock (Burke, Va.) is 12-0, and the play of Caleb Henderson is a big reason why. The 6-foot-4, rocket-armed senior has enjoyed a fine senior campaign that has Lake Braddock in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A state tournament. On Friday against Yorktown, Henderson pulled off perhaps his finest play of the season, shaking off a would-be tackler and uncorking a pass that sailed 60 yards to the back end zone, into the hands of a leaping Vincent Sica for a stunning touchdown. North Carolina is getting a good one. (Max Preps)
Video: DL Jeremiah Clarke Senior Season HighlightsSenior season highlights from defensive lineman Jeremiah Clarke (6'5" 270 lbs.), a 2014 UNC commit from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.
Elijah Hood among 2014 RB Recruits Who Run with the Most PowerAt 5'11.5" and 222 pounds, Elijah Hood is one of the main reasons why this list was created. His film shows a powerful running back that simply bullies people around the field. The 4-star prospect is explosive at the point of attack, which helps him bury defenders by running them over. (Bleacher Report)
Weekend Football Recruit ScoreboardQuarterback Caleb Henderson and running back Elijah Hood were weekend standouts among UNC's 2014 football recruiting class. Henderson threw for 3 touchdown passes and ran for 1 more in his team's playoff victory. Hood had yet another impressive week carrying the football, rushing for 231 yards and 4 touchdowns on just 14 carries. Find out how other future Tar Heels performed in this week's edition of Inside Carolina's Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)
Elijah Hood rushes for 231 yards, four touchdownsFor the fourth straight year, and eighth time in the past 10 years, the Cougars knocked the Wonders out of the postseason in dominant fashion, rolling to a 56-14 win. Catholic controlled the game on the ground, rushing for 461 yards, while completing only one pass (24 yards) on the night. All-American senior running back, Elijah Hood, led the way with 231 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries. (Charlotte Observer)
Nyheim Hines pushes season touchdown total to 51Junior running back Nyheim Hines rushed for 186 yards and five touchdowns, breaking the Garner season touchdown record along the way, to lead the Trojans to a 63-21 victory over Holly Springs on Friday in the first round of the NCHSAA Class 4AA football playoffs. Hines pushed his season rushing touchdown total to 43 and has eight touchdown receptions to give him 51 touchdowns – eclipsing the mark of 47 set by Anthony Barbour in 1987. (Raleigh News & Observer)
Weekend Football Recruit ScoreboardNorth Carolina running back signee Elijah Hood rushed for 250 yards and 5 touchdowns on 20 carries this weekend. Wide receiver commit Josh Cabrera hauled in two touchdown passes. And running back commit Antonio Williams ran for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Find out how the rest of UNC's football recruits fared in this week's edition of Inside Carolina's Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)
Bentley Spain to play in Army All-American BowlProvidence High offensive lineman Bentley Spain has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The game will be played Jan. 4 in San Antonio and broadcast live on NBC. Spain, a North Carolina-commit, is one of 90 football players from across the country selected to play in the game. He will be honored during a presentation at the school at 1:45 p.m. Nov. 15. (Charlotte Observer)