SPARTANBURG — After two years of Tar Heel victories, the South Carolina Sandlappers broke the streak.
Saturday’s Shrine Bowl ended in a 10-10 tie between South Carolina and North Carolina in the 82nd annual game. It was the first time the game ended in a tie since a 7-7 tie in 1948.
“I definitely wanted to play overtime, but that’s how it is,” Emerald tight end Luke Deal said. “We came out and played with heart and energy, and that’s all that matters.”
Deal was one of three Lakelands players to play in the game. Abbeville running back Cortney Jackson and Abbeville defensive end Nate Temple also played.
Jackson received the most touches of any South Carolina player, with 14 carries for 38 yards. His longest run was 10 yards, and most of his carries were bruising runs up the middle.
“(Getting hit) really wasn’t that bad,” Jackson said. “As soon as I lowered my shoulder, it just came to me and I just made people miss.”
Temple recorded two tackles in the first half. He played through an injury in the first half and didn’t return for the second half. He was on crutches after the game, but said he wasn’t sure what the injury was.
“It was great. We had a great team,” Temple said of playing in the game. “Everybody loved each other, and it was a great atmosphere.”
The Sandlappers opened the scoring with a 45-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter from Davis Beville (Greenville) to Quendarius Jefferson (Hillcrest). The Tar Heels hit back a few drives later with a 61-yard touchdown run from Zonovan Knight. North Carolina led 10-7 after a field goal from Matthew Chmil.
A 25-yard field by Michael Hayes (West Florence) tied the game with two minutes remaining.
Defense ruled the day on both sides. A blocked punt by Shamar McCollum (Dillon) gave South Carolina prime field position with five minutes remaining, but the drive ended with Hayes’ game-tying field goal.
South Carolina commit and South Carolina Mr. Football Zacch Pickens (T.L. Hanna) was named Defensive MVP of the game. He recorded seven tackles.
South Carolina stopped North Carolina in the red zone twice during the second half. A late heave by Beville on the last possession of the game went incomplete and the game ended in a tie.
Deal said he was honored to play with many of his friends from across the state.
“It was awesome,” Deal said. “It’s not just the talent factor. It’s that they’re all great guys. We’ve built great bonds and we’re all ready to go on and do the same thing on the next level.”
North Carolina coach Steven Davis is a four-time state champion at James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. He’s also a Calhoun Falls native and played for the Blue Flashes in high school.
“It felt good,” Davis said. “I’ve been in North Carolina a while now. I’ve got love for both states. It’s not about the coaches. It’s about the players and the children at the hospital.”
The Shrine Bowl announced at halftime that the event raised $1,541,320.18 to benefit Shriners’ Hospitals for Children.
NC Tar Heels 0 10 0 0 – 10
SC Sandlappers 7 0 0 3 – 10
SC – Quendarius Jefferson 45 pass from Davis Beville (Michael Hayes kick)
NC – Zonovan Knight 61 run (Matthew Chmil kick)
NC – Matthew Chmil 19 FG
SC – Hayes 25 FG
Rushing — SC: Zacch Pickens 7-37, Cortney Jackson 14-36, Alex Meredith 3-12, Ailym Ford 2-10, DJ Chisolm 1-7, Davis Beville 2-7. NC: Zonovan Knight 24-151, Sam Howell 4-10, Demetrius Mauney 5-8, Kennique Bonner-Steward 6-6, Donovan Brewington 1-(-5).
Passing — SC: Davis Beville 9-16-0-114, Alex Meredith 4-8-0-7. NC: Sam Howell 6-13-0-40, Kennique Bonner-Steward 4-6-0-76, Donovan Brewington 3-4-0-31.
Receiving — SC: Cortney Jackson 1-3, Quendarius Jefferson 4-65, Ailym Ford 3-15, DJ Chisolm 2-25, Hampton Earle 1-11, KeShawn Toney 1-7, Jalon Calhoun 1-(-5).