Well the rain did go away, and on a cool overcast night the battle of the border was on. Despite the weather a crowd of over 6,000 saw an exciting night of high school football as the teams from North Carolina walked away with a 2-1-1 advantage over the teams from South Carolina by out scoring them 74 – 33.
"I was pleased with crowd and fan support because not only was the weather a factor but the Carolina Panthers were playing at home and there were a couple of other high profile scrimmages taking place around the area," said Coach Ollis.
A big thank you goes out to Coach Steve Patton and Athletic Director Chuck Burch of Gardner-Webb for the use of Beautiful Spangler Stadium, despite the early rain the field was in great condition.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes added some spice to this year's Showcase by sponsoring the player of the game.
The first half saw the Canton Pisgah Bears run over the Cardinal of Landrum by a score of 28 – 0.
On the Bears opening possession Zack Jaynes, the top QB in Western North Carolina, led them on a five play 63 yard drive to pay dirt. Jaynes connected with Justin Wilson on a 43-yard pass for a touchdown to put the Bears up 7-0.
In the second quarter the Bears showed why they will be a force this fall in North Carolina 2AA as they put 21 points on the board with Brad Bermudez scoring twice, from 1 yard out and from 20 yards out.
Landrum senior tailback Garrison McDowell and for Pisgah senior free safety Joey Blake earned player-of-the-game honors.
The ninth ranked Dorman Cavaliers (by the HSSR) took the field against the defending North Carolina 2AA State Champion Shelby Golden Lions. Although the Cavaliers dominated this half of football running 26 more offensive plays than the Golden Lions the half ended in a 6 –6 tie.
Shelby struck first when Darryl Montgomery connected with Marc Williams on a 40- yard touchdown strike. The extra point was missed and Shelby led 6 –0.
Dorman finally got on the board when Gerald Foster capped a 48-yard drive with a 3- yard touchdown run. The extra point was missed, tying the contest at 6.
Dorman had one more chance to win the half but Jacob Robinson, who missed another field goal early on, kicked a 50-yard field goal try wide right.
Shelby junior Marc Williams and Dorman senior Gerald Foster won the player-of-the-game award for their respective teams.
The third half was a match-up of the host Polk County Wolverines taking on the Broome Centurions.
The Wolverines forced a fumble on a hard hit by Derrick Overholt and Polk took over on their 48-yard line. Austin Ollis connected with Phillip Wullimann on fourth and goal from the 7-yard line to put Polk up 7–0.
Following an interception of Broome QB Heath Hembree, Ollis connected again, this time with Derrick Overholt on 34-yard touchdown catch and run, Polk was up 13 – 0.
The Centurions scored on the first play of the second quarter when Hembree hit Markish Jones on a perfectly thrown 49-yard bomb to make the score 13- 7.
Derrick Overholt finished the scoring when he stepped in front of a Hembree pass and took it back 37-yards for a touchdown. On the night the hard-hitting Wolverine defense forced 4 Centurion turnovers.
Earning player-of-the-game honors were Polk junior Derrick Overholt and Broome senior Xaiver Armstrong.
The final contest featured the third ranked (by the HSSR) and defending Big 16 State Champs the Gaffney Indians against North Carolina powerhouse Crest Chargers. This contest lived up to the hype.
The Indians got on the board first when QB Malcolm Long hit Tyson Petty with a 44- yard bullet, 7-0 Gaffney.
Following a 55-yard kick-off return by Mario Washington, the Chargers drove 35 yards to the end zone with Ryan Black going the final 9-yards, Crest missed the extra point making the score 7-6.
Gaffney answered with a 12-play 69- yard march and went up 14 – 6 when Anthony Tyus rumbled in from 3 –yards out.
Crest came right back but the Indians Johnny Woods stepped in front of a Jordan Robinson pass at the goal line and the Indians still led 14-6.
After a Gaffney punt the Chargers went 45-yards in 6 plays capped by Tosh Toms 12-yard run, the 2- point conversion try was missed and Gaffney still led 14-12.
After a Gaffney fumble, Jordan Robinson went in from the 3-yard line and the following 2-point conversion gave the Chargers the lead at 20 –14.
Malcolm Long then led the Indians on a 8-play, 65-yard drive with Steffen Foster going in from the 26 and the extra point put Gaffney back on top 21-20.
Bruce Smith gave the Chargers life, returning the kick-off 55 yards to the Gaffney 35. Johnny Woods ended Crests chances when picked –off Jordan Robinson for the second time at the goal line.
Player-of-the-game recognition went to Crest senior Jordan Robinson and Gaffney senior Malcolm Long.