Lowcountry players had a big role in Saturday’s South Carolina Shrine Bowl 23-19 victory over North Carolina at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College.
Goose Creek linebacker Gerald Turner tallied six tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception, and Hilton Head quarterback Michael Julian threw for 143 yards and a touchdown to lead the Sandlappers to their second win in the last three years. South Carolina now leads the overall series, 42-30-4.
“This was a great experience,” said Turner, who is headed to play for the University of South Carolina next season. “It feels great to go out with a win. I felt like I played pretty well, but it was easy because we had so many good players here.”
Stratford coach Ray Stackley was the South Carolina coach this year and came away impressed with the performance of the Lowcountry’s contingent.
“Not only were they all very talented football players, but they were also great young men and they represented their high schools very well this week,” said Stackley. “In games like this, it’s sometimes hard to stand out because of the way players are rotated in and out and the caliber of athletes in this game. But the Lowcountry kids did themselves proud. It was a great honor for me to coach all of these great players.”
Unfortunately, Goose Creek’s Tramel Terry, committed to play at Georgia, never played an offensive snap after injuring a leg on the opening kickoff.
“They tell me I tore my ACL, but I don’t know about that,” Terry told ESPN RecruitingNation. “It feels fine to me. I’m going to have an MRI on it as soon as I get back to Charleston.”
Terry tweeted (@TeamTDterry_GC) after the game, “At moments in life GOD tests ur faith to make u stronger. He’ll never give u more than u can bare. Trust in him and the sky is the limit.”
Ashley Ridge running back Romelo Doctor scored the Sandlappers’ first touchdown on two-yard run to tie the game at six with 5:53 to play in the first quarter. Doctor rushed for 27 yards in the game.
Austin McKinney and Brian Moore of Timberland played on the Sandlappers’ defense. McKinney was credited with two solo tackles while Moore had one tackle.
Stratford offensive line coach Tony Smith also served on the South Carolina coaching staff.
South Carolina trailed, 13-9, entering the fourth quarter but Conway’s Mykal Moody gave the Sandlappers a 16-13 lead with a five-yard run on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Late in the game, Julian tossed a 14-yard pass to Keinan Lewis, giving South Carolina a 23-13 lead with 3:14 to play.
Stackley was complimentary of the play of the Seahawks signal caller.
“He’s a young man whose best football is ahead of him and he’s going to be a special player at the next level,” said Stackley. “He made some big plays today, with his feet and his arm.”
T.L. Hanna linebacker Ben Boulware, a Clemson verbal commitment, was named the MVP of the South Carolina defense, finishing the game with nine tackles and an interception.
Conway receiver Malcolm Green was the South Carolina offensive MVP, catching three passes for 98 yards.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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NC Tarheels......... 6 0 7 6 - 19 Record: (30-42)
SC Sandlappers...... 6 3 0 14 - 23 Record: (42-30)
1st 13:22 NC - Noah Suber 0 yd fumble recovery (Matthew Wogan kick failed), 3-8 1:27, NC 6 - SC 0
05:53 SC - Romello Doctor 2 yd run (Ben Hinson kick failed), 10-90 3:27, NC 6 - SC 6
2nd 00:00 SC - Ben Hinson 21 yd field goal, 5-23 1:32, NC 6 - SC 9
3rd 06:42 NC - Pharoh Cooper 45 yd run (Matthew Wogan kick), 4-80 2:10, NC 13 - SC 9
4th 14:03 SC - Mykal Moody 5 yd run (Ben Hinson kick), 13-80 3:59, NC 13 - SC 16
03:14 SC - Keinan Lewis 14 yd pass from Michael Julian (Ben Hinson kick), 11-80 5:40, NC 13 - SC 23
00:36 NC - Noah Suber 10 yd run (Matthew Wogan kick blockd), 10-75 2:38, NC 19 - SC 23
Goose Creek’s Gerald Turner returns an interception during the Shrine Bowl on Saturday at Gibbs Stadium. South Carolina all-stars beat North Carolina, 23-19. More photos online at postandcourier.com.×
(Alex C. Hicks Jr./Spartanburg Herald-Journal) Stratford and South Carolina Shrine Bowl coach Ray Stackley×
(Alex C. Hicks Jr./Spartanburg Herald-Journal) Goose Creek's Gerald Turner makes a tackle during the Shrine Bowl on Saturday at Gibbs Stadium.×