North Carolina defeats South Carolina 17-10 in the 80th Shrine Bowl

Spartanburg, S.C - The latest installment of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas may go down in history as one of the most thrilling, and considering the storied history of this annual tradition, a game that has stood the test of time over 80 years, that’s a strong statement.

With only 20 seconds remaining, North Carolina quarterback Jack Davidson of Myers Park High School found a diving Thomas Hennigan of Northwest Guilford in the back corner of the end zone for the go ahead score.

The Tar Heels, who overcame a 10-point deficit held off a fierce Sandlapper charge in the final seconds to prevail 17-10 in the nations oldest running high school football all-star game.

The touchdown capped off a solid Shrine Bowl week by Hennigan, an Appalachian State commit who has seen his stock value rise considerably in the recruiting process.

North Carolina’s victory marked the first time in nearly a decade that the Tar Heels have won back-to-back victories over their foes from the South.

Davidson was named the offensive MVP of the game while Butler High School’s Christian Dixon was named defensive MVP.

Gray’s Creek’s David Lovette goes down as the head coach of record for North Carolina as he was elevated to the top role in the absence of Murphy’s David Gentry who led his Bulldog squad to the 1A championship earlier in the day.  

South Carolina still holds a 44-32-4 advantage in the series that dates back to 1937.



  • Millbrook’s Larry Roundtree III rushed for 78 yards on 14 carries.
  • Mooresville’s Chris Ingram and Middle Creek’s John Singleton both had interceptions.
  • Garner’s Matthew Butler and Orange County’s Stone Edwards were nearly unblockable on the defensive lines.



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