ROCK HILL, S.C - North Carolina relied on a tough defense to stymie South Carolina in this year's Shrine Bowl. Led by players such as Gerard Miller, Hilee Taylor, Marquee Hall, Chase Bullock, Jamar Adams, Dannell Ellerbee, and Rod Council, the North Carolina defense swarmed the field all day.
Neither offense could get things going early, but North Carolina took advantage of an interception by Richmond County's Dannell Ellerbee to score its first touchdown. After the turnover, Roanoke High School's Tremaine Goddard pulled in a touchdown catch to put the North Carolina team up 7-0 with 0:49 left in the first quarter.
South Carolina scored when Trey Elder connected with Tremel Cline with only 19 seconds remaining in the first half, but the Sandlappers missed the point-after attempt.
The North Carolina team stuck quickly in the second half, going up 14-6 with 9:04 left in the third quarter on a 26-yard run by Andre Brown, a J.H. Rose High School product. That drive was fueled by a 24-yard reception by Richmond County's Jamar Byrant.
Brown later rumbled for 43-yards, setting up a touchdown run by Tremaine Goddard to run the score to 21-6The Sandlappers closed the gap on another touchdown pass from Trey Elder, this time to Simeon Rice. South Carolina failed to convert the two-point attempt, leading to the final score of 21-12.
The story of the game, however, was the pressure placed on the South Carolina quarterbacks all day. Gerard Miller had at least two sacks and several tackles for loss. Hilee Taylor had three sacks, a fumble recovery, and batted down a pass. South Carolina never found an answer for North Carolina's defensive pressure.
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