It was a North Carolina kind of day at the annual Shrine Bowl all-star game.
The Tarheels dominated South Carolina Saturday afternoon, winning 55-24 at Wofford College. North Carolina won for the third straight year. The Shrine Bowl annually brings some of the best public school senior high school football players in both states.
It’s the Tarheels’ first three-game win streak since 1949-51 and the second time in three years it has scored more than 50 points. South Carolina still leads the all-time series 44-33-4.
North Carolina won by the largest margin since 1977 and outgained South Carolina 478-366.
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UNC commit Dyami Brown, a wide receiver from West Mecklenburg, had a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Shelby High star Dax Hollifield, a finalist of the US Army national player of the year, was named North Carolina MVP on defense. Hollifield is uncommitted for college.
Three Mecklenburg County players played in the game — Brown, Charlotte Catholic linebacker Chase Foley and Mallard Creek lineman Jordan Davis. A former Mecklenburg County star, Sam Hartman of Oceanside, threw for 218 yards and two touchdowns for South Carolina. He was named offensive MVP for the Sandlappers. Hartman, a Wake Forest commit, played at Davidson Day before transferring this year.
▪ The Tarheels’ most outstanding player was East Carolina recruit Holton Ahlers. Ahlers threw for 156 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 32 yards and another score. North Carolina’s offensive MVP was N.C. State commit Ricky Person of Heritage High in Wake Forest. Person ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
North Carolina 55, South Carolina 24
NC – Carter 20 pass from Ahlers (Dunn kick), 9:49
SC – Joyner 5 run (kick failed), 7:01
NC – Ahlers 11 run (Dunn kick), 4:05
SC – Thompson 40 pass from Hartman (pass failed), 1:16
NC – D. Brown 92 kickoff return (Dunn kick), 1:03
NC – S. Brown 1 run (Dun kick), 13:41
NC – Person 52 run (Dunn kick), 14:19
SC – Kendrick 52 pass from Hartman (kick failed)
SC – Pearson 36 interception return (kick failed), 7:42
NC – Person 14 pass from Ahlers (Dun kick), 13:06
NC – Curry 4 run (Dunn kick), 5:17
NC – Person 72 run, :00
RUSHING: NC Tarheels-Ricky Person, Jr. 15-180; Javonte Williams 12-90; Holton Ahlers 12-32; Dyami Brown 1-12; Joseph Curry 1-4; Stephon Brown 3-minus 15. SC
Sandlappers-Derion Kendrick 5-45; Cameron Rice 5-35; Dakereon Joyner 3-14; Mataeo Durant 4-13; Samuel Hartman 4-minus 28.
PASSING: NC Tarheels-Holton Ahlers 11-18-1-156; Stephon Brown 1-3-0-5; Ricky Person, Jr. 1-1-0-14. SC Sandlappers-Samuel Hartman 13-25-1-218; Dakereon Joyner
RECEIVING: NC Tarheels-Ricky Person, Jr. 3-23; Javonte Williams 2-37; Devin Carter 2-30; Dyami Brown 2-24; Blake Whiteheart 1-38; Jordyn Adams 1-10; Christopher Dunn 1-8; Bryce Wheaton 1-5. SC Sandlappers-Bryce Thompson 7-165; Derion Kendrick 3-60; Samuel Pinckney 2-43; Cameron Rice 2-6; Mataeo Durant 1-13.