Story by David Shelton
Spartanburg, SC – Jack Davidson’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Hennigan with 20 seconds left in the game lifted North Carolina to a 17-10 win over South Carolina in the 80th annual Shrine Bowl all-star game at Wofford College on Saturday.
The play was set up by a controversial pass interference call against the Sandlappers which gave the Tarheels a first down at the SC 18. Two plays later Davidson struck with the winning touchdown pass.
North Carolina overcame an early 10-0 deficit with a dominating defensive effort, limiting the Sandlappers to only two first downs in the second half. The Tarheels outgained South Carolina, 314-197, in total yards.
South Carolina’s offensive MVP was Westside quarterback Jackson Williamson, who accounted for 109 passing yards and 41 yards rushing. Union receiver Shi Smith, a USC commitment, had five catches for 96 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown reception from Williamson to give the Sandlappers a 10-0 second quarter lead.
Brad Johnson of Pendleton was the SC defensive MVP, finishing with seven tackles and two tackles for loss. Johnson, a defensive lineman, is a USC target.
Davidson was named the offensive MVP for the North Carolina squad, passing for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Larry Roundtree III, a Missouri commitment, added a game-high 87 yards rushing while Hennigan, an Appalachian State commitment, caught six passes for 66 yards.
Dawson Henis of River Bluff High School accounted for South Carolina’s other score, a 33-yard field goal in the first quarter.
SC coach Phil Strickland talks with David Shelton after game