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Tar Heels have heavy presence in Shrine Bowl win
While the high school football season may have officially ended two weekends ago, there was still some great high school football to watch last weekend with the 81st Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in Spartanburg, S.C., on Saturday.
The annual game pits the top seniors from North Carolina and South Carolina against one another as a fundraiser for the Shriners Hospital of Greenville.
North Carolina won the game for the third consecutive year, putting up the most points it ever has with a 55-24 win over South Carolina. The win improved its record in the game to 44-33-4.
The Tar Heels had a heavy presence on the in-state team with five players — 4-star receiver Jordyn Adams, 4-star athlete Dyami Brown, 4-star tackle Avery Jones, 3-star safety Javon Terry and 3-star running back Javonte Williams.
Brown showcased his playmaking ability in a big way, returning a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. He also carried the ball one time for 12 yards and caught 2 passes for 24 yards.
Adams also returned kicks, as well as punts. Adams fielded 2 kickoffs with a combined 31 return yards. He also returned 1 punt for 10 yards and caught 1 pass for 10 yards, although he was only targeted twice.
Williams continued to show why he’s underrated, serving as a foil to N.C. State commit Ricky Person with 90 rushing yards on 12 carries. He also caught 2 passes for 37 yards.
Neither Terry nor Jones recorded any statistics in the game.
A couple of high-priority Tar Heels targets were also featured on the defensive side of the ball for the North Carolina team.
Dax Hollifield, a 4-star inside linebacker, had 8 tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for loss and 1 pass breakup on his way to defensive MVP honors.
Rick Sandidge, a 4-star defensive lineman, had 5 tackles, 1 sack and 2 tackles for loss.
You can check out a full list of stats from the game here.
Cade Fortin, North Gwinnett win GHSAA 7A state championship
While most of the Tar Heels’ Class of 2018 commits already finished their seasons, one had to wait one more week.
Cade Fortin, a 3-star quarterback out of Suwanee, Ga., had his game in Mercedes Benz Stadium delayed because of winter weather that swept across the southeast last week.
Relocated to North Gwinnett High School, Fortin and the Bulldogs pulled out an improbable 19-17 win over Colquitt County in the 7A state championship game.
Fortin didn’t play in the game after tearing his ACL early this season. But from the bench, he certainly got to watch an exciting game.
After going down with 49 seconds on the clock, North Gwinnett drove the ball down the field. A sack with less than 20 seconds on the clock seemed to ice the game, but Colquitt followed with three straight penalties to move the ball into field goal range.
Cameron Clark, North Gwinnett’s kicker, nailed the game-winning 38-yard field goal after missing a field goal earlier in the game and an extra point that would’ve made the score tied after Colquitt’s final touchdown.
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