Trowell Ends Career With A Title

NC State commitment Maurice Trowell and the rest of his teammates did something no other football team at Southern (NC) Durham High School has been able to do... win a state title.

NC State commitment Maurice Trowell and the rest of his teammates did something no other football team at Southern (NC) Durham High School has been able to do... win a state title.

The Spartans won the 3AA state championship in thrilling fashion, scoring a game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes to defeat Shelby (NC) Crest 38-31.

"It was a real close game," said Trowell. "We came out kind of flat, and they jumped on us 21-0. At halftime we came out as one unit. We made a big comeback and won the game."

Trowell, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver, certainly did his part. He finished the game with eight catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns to earn Outstanding Offensive Player of the Game honors.

However, he seems more pleased about the history his team made.

"That felt real good," Trowell said. "I was just very excited to win that for our school and our teammates."

Hours after the win he made the drive down to Spartanburg, South Carolina where he represented North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl.

"It's a great honor," he said. "Just being in this game with all these great players is a good honor."

Joining him in Spartanburg was future teammate Jalan McClendon, a player he hopes to catch a lot of passes from over the next few years.

"We've talked about playing together a lot," said Trowell. "We're building a good chemistry and we're building a friendship.

"Jalan is real focused. He can pass, run... do all of that. It's going to be fun."

Trowell, who committed to NC State over the summer, finished the year with nearly 1,800 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns. He is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.


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