Emeka Emezie

Emeka Emezie

Former Marvin Ridge High receiver Emeka Emezie played a key role in N.C. State’s upset win over No. 9 Clemson, 27-21, in overtime.

Emezie was the Wolfpack’s top offensive player Saturday, catching 14 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. No other player for N.C. State had more than five catches.

Devin Carter proved the hero in overtime for N.C. State, scoring in the second overtime period after making an adjustment on the ball in the corner of the end zone. N.C. State’s defense then forced Clemson to turn the ball over on downs to end the game.

A scary moment in overtime saw Clemson freshman running back Will Shipley — a former Weddington High five-star recruit — injure his knee after getting rolled up on by a defensive tackle. Shipley was down on the field for several minutes and walked to the sideline with help from trainers. Fortunately for Shipley and the Tigers, he didn’t suffer an ACL tear or anything more serious, and head coach Dabo Swinney said they expect him to miss 3-4 weeks.

Shipley has been Clemson’s top running back this season. He leads all Tigers running backs in attempts (44), rushing yards (211) and rushing touchdowns (five) this season.

Howell’s Heels struggleFormer Sun Valley four-star quarterback Sam Howell and the UNC football team entered Saturday night’s game against Georgia Tech as more than two-touchdown favorites, but the Tar Heels were completely dominated by the Yellow Jackets in a 23-point loss (45-22).

Howell, a junior, completed 25-of-39 attempts for 306 yards and two touchdowns against zero interceptions and added a touchdown on the ground. Howell was sacked eight times Saturday night and fumbled three times, losing all three of them.

Pro Football Network on Sunday projected Howell to go No. 33 overall, the first pick in the second round, to Houston. Four other quarterbacks were mocked to go ahead of Howell.

McCall shines for undefeated Coastal

Arguably the best former Union County player in college football this season has been Coastal Carolina redshirt sophomore Grayson McCall, a former Porter Ridge quarterback who has picked up right where he left off following an electric 2020 season.

In a 53-3 win over UMass on Friday, McCall was 10-of-14 for 162 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions while running for another score and nine yards on two carries. McCall has a total QBR of 90.8 on Saturday, the second time this season he’s finished with a rating above 90.

For the season, McCall has completed 76.7% of his passes for 901 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. No. 17 Coastal Carolina is 4-0 and opens Sun Belt play this weekend at home against UL-Monroe.