Chris Register says self-belief is one of the strengths of Dudley High's defense.
He likes the fact that others are starting to take notice.
"We've got something special this year," Register, a starting linebacker and Clemson commitment, told the Durham Herald-Sun after Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.) smothered top-ranked, defending state champion Hillside 24-7 last Friday.
The Dudley defense was dominant against a Hillside offense that features two of the state's top-rated skill players in wide receiver Trevion Thompson and running back Donte Thomas-Williams.
Hillside was held without a first down in the first half, and avoided a shutout only via a late and inconsequential score.
"We're just locked in, and everybody knows what to do," said Register. "I think people are starting to see it."
With the victory, Dudley remained unbeaten at 4-0.
Register was just one of several Clemson commitments who had successful outings last week.
Van Smith, a 2015 commitment, rushed for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns as West Mecklenburg (Charlotte, N.C.) upset city rival Independence 40-33.
Deshaun Watson passed for 310 yards (19-of-27) and became the first player in Georgia prep history to surpass the 10,000-yard mark in career passing yardage, while leading Gainesville to a 68-0 rout of Winder-Barrow. Watson, who as a junior broke the state record for passing yardage, threw three touchdown passes.
He went over the 10,000-yard mark on a 31-yard touchdown strike to teammate Jay Gaudlock.
"That was pretty special - I have to thank my teammates and coaches for that," Watson told the Barrow County News. "I've been working hard since my freshman year, and it's a great honor and a blessing to have all that work come through."
Artavis Scott caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in East Lake's (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) 48-0 victory over Dunedin. He finished with three receptions for 55 yards.
Also turning in big performances last week were running back commitments Adam Choice, Jae'lon Oglesby and C.J. Fuller.
Choice rushed for 107 yards on 24 carries and completed six of 11 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown in Thomas County Central (Ga.) High's 21-0 victory over Cairo.
Oglesby shredded the Columbia (S.C.) defense for 143 first-half yards and finished with 162 yards on 14 carries in Daniel's 48-6 victory. He had a 17-yard touchdown run.
Fuller rushed for 97 yards on 24 carries and caught five passes in Easley (S.C.) High's 21-14 loss to Wren.
Linebacker commitment Kendall Joseph made six tackles and rushed five times for 22 yards in Belton-Honea Path's (S.C.) 38-7 victory over Pendleton.
Demarre Kitt caught four passes for 34 yards and had a 33-yard punt return in Sandy Creek (Ga.) High's 54-35 victory over East Coweta. Sandy Creek hasn't lost a regular season game in four years.
Also seeing action last week were Jabril Robinson in unbeaten North Brunswick's (N.C.) 47-14 win over South Brunswick; Justin Falcinelli, in Middletown's (Md.) 62-0 victory over Winters Mill; Taylor Hearn, in Williston-Elko's (S.C.) 55-14 win over Denmark-Olar; Milan Richard, in Calvary Day's (Savannah, Ga.) 42-6 victory over Montgomery County; Korie Rogers, in Buford's (Ga.) 63-0 rout of Hancock Central; and Cannon Smith, in Hammond School's (Columbia, S.C.) 24-14 victory over Laurence Manning Academy.
Placekicker Alex Spence remained perfect for the season with a field goal and four PATs in West Florence's (S.C.) 31-14 win over Lugoff-Elgin.
This Week's Schedule
Belton-Honea Path (Kendall Joseph) at Palmetto
Middletown (Justin Falcinelli) vs. Boonsboro
Williston-Elko (Taylor Hearn) vs. North
North Brunswick (Jabril Robinson) vs. West Brunswick
Calvary Day (Milan Richard) at Truetlen County
Daniel (Jae'lon Oglesby) at West Oak
Hammond School (Cannon Smith) vs. Wilson Hall
West Florence (Alex Spence) vs. Darlington
Gainesville (Deshaun Watson) vs. Apalachee
Thomas County Central (Adam Choice) vs. Tift County
East Lake (Artavis Scott) at Clearwater