South Carolina tops North Carolina in Shrine Bowl
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — South Carolina scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns en route to a 23-19 victory over North Carolina in the 76th edition of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas on Saturday.
Mykal Moody (Conway) scored on a 5-yard run to give the Sandlappers a 16-13 lead with 14:03 remaining. South Carolina extended its lead on Lewis Keinan’s (Belton-Honea Path) 20-yard touchdown reception from a scrambling Julian Michael (Hilton Head) with less than four minutes to play.
“We came here to win,” said South Carolina head coach Ray Stackley of Stratford. “We wanted to be classy and support the Shriners and their hospitals, but we wanted to win this ballgame.”
Stackley said pundits didn’t give the Sandlappers a chance against the North Carolina all-star team, which featured 29 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision commits from Oregon to East Carolina.
South Carolina now leads the series 42-30-4. The annual all-star game began play in 1937.
North Carolina quarterback Noah Suber (T.C. Roberson) scored the second of his two touchdowns on a 10-yard scamper with 36 seconds to play to cut into the Sandlappers’ lead, but the point-after kick was blocked by Jaylen Miller (Gaffney).
The Sandlappers’ victory overshadowed the performance of University of South Carolina commit Pharoh Cooper (Havelock), who accounted for 243 all-purpose yards and was named North Carolina’s Offensive MVP.
Cooper spent most of the game as the Tarheels’ wildcat formation quarterback and kick returner, finishing with 104 rushing yards, 39 receiving yards and 110 return yards.
The two teams combined for two interceptions — one apiece — and seven fumbles in the first half, finishing with nine fumbles with three lost for the game. North Carolina accounted for three of the game’s four interceptions.
JERRY HAMPTON INVITATIONAL
LEXINGTON – Ten of 11 Thomasville wrestlers placed in the top four as the Bulldogs placed second to Piedmont in the 12-team Jerry Hampton Invitational on Saturday at Central Davidson.
Piedmont won with 173 points, followed by Thomasville at 155.5, North Davidson at 97.5, Glenn at 92, High Point Central at 75, Central Davidson at 66, North Davidson at 64, Durham School of the Arts at 57, Mount Pleasant at 53, West Davidson at 47.5, South Davidson at 31 and East Davidson at 23.
Thomasville had two champions – Louis Dupree at 126 and Aaron Reeves at 170.
Three Bulldogs placed second – Jason Boutsady at 113, Corbin Wilson at 132 and Luke Williams at 145. Thomasville’s third-place finishers were Ahsan Butt at 120 and Evan Makupson at 160. The Bulldogs got fourth-place finishes from Keith Clemmons at 195, Brett Hokenson at 130 and Anthony Briasono at 220.
For the Bison, Luke Bean won at 132, while Dontae Ingram placed second at 220 and Adam Olsen took second at 285.
T’ville wrestles in a tri-match on Thursday at Mount Tabor.
SE GUILFORD FALCONS DUALS
GREENSBORO – Trinity went 3-2 in the Southeast Guilford Falcon Duals on Saturday.
The Bulldogs beat Eastern Guilford 42-36, Southern Lee 38-32 and Ledford 51-30 and fell 43-36 to Page and 62-12 to Southeast.
Three Bulldogs posted 5-0 records – Alex Guevara at 145, James Ryan at 152 and Chaas Delgado at heavyweight. Austin Minish of Trinity was 4-1 at 113.
Trinity wrestles in a tri-match at Northeast Guilford on Wednesday.
THOMASVILLE – Christina Coleman collected 20 points and 10 rebounds as Thomasville’s girls downed Reagan 59-52 on Friday night.
Jocelyn Spiers added 14 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (3-1), while Timber Tate finished with 11 points and seven boards for Thomasville.
Thomasville plays Parkland in the first round of the Mary Garber Classic on Wednesday in Winston-Salem.