Shankle, South Stanly Lose Heartbreaker

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.C. --- In a matter of just a minute, Terry Shankle watched his South Stanly Rebel Bulls lose a lead they held for nearly three quarters and then fail to convert a two-point conversion with time expired to give Mount Pleasant a 21-20 win.

"There's nothing to say, we just lost the game," Shankle said. "We should have won the game. It was a hard fought game."

Down 14-13, Mount Pleasant attempted a 26-yard field goal with less a minute remaining in the game. A field goal defense led by Shankle rushed in and blocked the kick. The blocked ball still had enough momentum to land beyond the line-of-scrimmage. After a South Stanly player touched the ball at the four-yard line to make it live, Mount Pleasant was able to jump on the ball in the end zone for the touchdown.

Mount Pleasant converted the two-point conversion to take a 21-14 lead.

The ensuing kickoff was kicked out of bounds to give South Stanly the ball at their own 35-yard line. On the first play, Shankle caught a jump ball at Mount Pleasant's 25-yard line.

"I just ran a go [route] and he threw it to me and I just came down with the ball," Shankle said. "[When it was in the air] I just thought ‘Catch the ball, you've got to catch the ball.'"

Two plays later with the time expired, Detric Allen connected with Cruz Long in the endzone.

Instead of sending the game into overtime with an extra point, South Stanly head coach Luke Little decided to go for two.

James Watkins took a handoff and was stopped at the one-yard line, but bounced free. On his second effort, Watkins fumbled the ball into the end zone where it was recovered by a teammate. However, the officials whistle had blown on the initial stop at the one.

On the night, Shankle caught three passes for 50 yards. He also ran the ball twice for six yards.

Defensively, Shankle, who lined up at cornerback and both safety positions, recorded three tackles (one solo), but didn't see a pass thrown in his direction the entire night.

"It's frustrating at times," Shankle said. "As long as the other side holds up, it's ok."

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Shankle says Tennessee has joined North Carolina and NC State on his finalist list.

"They've always been in the picture, but they've been talking to me a lot lately," Shankle said. "I went down there a week before I went down to Carolina."

However, UNC remains Shankle's leader.

"I just like the coaches," Shankle said. "I feel at home. I feel comfortable with everybody. I feel I can be my best at Carolina."

Shankle isn't sure when he'll make his verbal commitment.

"Maybe at the end of the [football] season," Shankle said.

Shankle hasn't begun to set up official visits, but says he's only looking to schedule trips with UNC, NC State, and Tennessee.


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