Notre Dame’s in Chapel Hill today to add more misery to UNC’s football season, but their is a silver lining to their visit for local fans.

Irish running backs coach Autry Denson and NDInsider writer Tyler James were guests at Paul Gay Stadium in Sanford last night to watch Notre Dame commit Jahmir Smith and the state’s fifth-ranked team in Class 3A run all over conference foe Harnett Central, 50-0. The win was the sixth shutout in seven games for Lee County High (7-0), which has outscored opponents a whopping 318-27 this season.

And Smith, who announced his decision to don the gold and green back in July, did not disappoint. The senior running back reached the end zone three times in the blowout and ran for 103 yards, including a 58-yard run in the second half to make it 43-0.

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Denson and James appeared to enjoy their trip to Sanford — James’ Twitter feed was a joy to follow last night, as he expressed giddiness from little things like ordering nachos and hearing “Crazy Train” over the stadium loudspeakers. A sample of his Lee County experience below:

Jahmir is in Chapel Hill today to watch his future team take on a struggling UNC squad that is 1-4 after two straight losses to Duke and Georgia Tech. Notre Dame, meanwhile, is 4-1 and ranked 21st in the nation — its only loss a 1-point heartbreaker to fifth-ranked Georgia.

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