Future Heels shine in Shrine Bowl

For the second year in a row, North Carolina beat South Carolina convincingly in the annual Shrine Bowl. And for the second year in a row, the Tar Heel state was led by a stingy defense.

Two players embodying North Carolina's play-stopping defense included two of UNC's prized pledges: Scotland County's Hilee Taylor and A.C. Reynolds' Chase Rice. Another Tar Heel verbal, Weldon's Kentwan Balmer, also was in the line up, but saw very little time.

"It felt real good and was an honor to play with and against some real good players," Taylor said after the game.

Taylor wreaked havoc all day long at the defensive end posting a total of five tackles (four solo) in addition to penetrating the backfield for a sack. He also almost came up with an interception from a tipped ball.

Rice had an equally impressive day with four tackles (three solo) from his linebacker position.

Three non-committed players with a UNC offer played significant roles on both sides of the ball. Marque Hall (Marshville's Forest Hills) recorded a sack and five tackles (two solo) on defense, while on offense Jamar Bryant (Richmond) and Trimane Goddard (Roanoke) started at wide receiver where they combined for three catches for 47 yards plus a touchdown. Goddard also rushed five times for 12 yards and a touchdown.

"It's not really a big difference," Goddard said of playing different positions. "I can play any where coach puts me and play my hardest."

While the non-committed players on both rosters begin to make decisions on where they will play their college ball, Taylor must make a decision on when he will go.

"I'm about to go home and go to sleep," he said with a laugh. "But seriously, I'll probably make a decision if I'm going to graduate early or not in the next couple of weeks."

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