Sandlappers Take Down Tar Heels in Shrine Bowl

SPARTANBURG, S.C.                                               Andrew Eison - December 21, 2019

On Saturday afternoon, the South Carolina Sandlappers downed the North Carolina Tar Heels 28-17 in the 83rd annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolina at Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

“In the first half we just kept hurting ourselves.  I told them at halftime that character and overcoming adversity would be the keys to the game.  We had adversity in the first half, and they came out and showed they’re character in the second half.” Said South Carolina Head Coach Dean Boyd.

South Carolina had a big day offensively as they racked up 411 total yards of offense, which included 254 yards in the second half. The Sandlappers tacked on a pair of scores through the air and two more on the ground.

Dutch Fork’s Jalin Hyatt was named the South Carolina Offensive MVP. Hyatt finished with six catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns.  Laurens’ Duane Martin was named the South Carolina Defensive MVP.  Martin finished with eight tackles and a pass breakup.

Mountain Island’s Elijah Burris was named the North Carolina offensive player of the game.  Burris finished with twenty-one carries for seventy-three yards.  Vance’s Stefon Thompson was named the North Carolina defensive player of the game.  Thompson finished with seven tackles, featuring a tackle for loss.

Hyatt scored the game’s opening touchdown as he caught a beautiful twenty-three yard pass from Chapman quarterback Mikele Colasurdo with just under two minutes to play in the first quarter.

#2 Mikele Colasurdo (Chapman) (above photo) throws a touchdown pass to #84 Jalin Hyatt (Dutch Fork) (below photo). #70 Adam McKanna (Summerville) and #36 Rahjai Harris (Byrnes) providing pass protection.   Photo by: Steve Roper - UpState Prep-Cast

Photo by: Elton Chapman - UpState Prep-Cast

Midway through the second quarter, North Carolina forced a safety after the Sandlappers were called for intentional grounding in the end zone to cut South Carolina’s lead to 7-2.

The Tar Heels got a pair of big special teams plays to swing the momentum.  Stefan Thompson and Shane Whitter each were able to block a Sandlapper punt. Whitter’s block was scooped by Ja’Qurious Conley and carried fifteen yards to the end zone with just over a minute left in the first half.  A successful two point conversion by the Tar Heels gave them a 10-7 halftime advantage.

Jalin Hyatt’s second touchdown came on a screen pass from Carolina Forest quarterback Mason Garcia.  Hyatt caught the pass out in the flat and raced seventy-two yards for the score. 

North Carolina responded as Page’s Javondre’ Paige connected with South Point’s Ray Rose for a 28 yard scoring strike to put the Tar Heels back in front 17-14 with 3:06 left in the third quarter.

Carolina Forest’s Mason Garcia ran it in from one yard out to put the Sandlappers back in front 21-17 with 13:26 left in the fourth quarter.  Byrnes’ Rahjai Harris ran for twenty-three yards on fourth down to set the Sandlappers up first and goal at the three yard line. 

Harris salted the game away for the Sandlappers by taking it from twenty yards out to make it 28-17 in the Sandlappers favor with 2:32 remaining.  Harris’ teammate from Byrnes, Buddy Mack, picked off a Tar Heel pass to seal the game on the ensuing drive.

Harris had a strong fourth quarter as he finished with ninety-five yards on fourteen carries and a score, but sixty-six of those came on six carries in the fourth quarter.

“We won Monday through Friday.  Today we just had to finish. To come out here and get a win is a real good feeling,” said Harris.

Spartanburg’s Henry Bishop was a perfect 4 for 4 on PAT attempts.

Chapman’s Mikele Colasurdo completed four of his eight pass attempts for eighty-four yards and a score.

Clover’s Jaylin Lane, son of former Byrnes and Woodruff Head Coach Brian Lane, finished with four catches for thirty-four yards. 

The win improves the Sandlappers’ lead to 45-33-5 all-time in the Shrine Bowl.