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CarolinaPreps Week 9 preview: Shrine Bowl roster

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This is always a special week in the Carolinas for high school football. Not only are we finally experiencing true football weather and seeing some exciting conference races, but we now know the players selected to represent North Carolina in the 76th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is the oldest high school all-star game in the nation and always marks the end of the season. The North Carolina roster consists of 44 of the top players in the state, many of which will be playing at the highest levels of college football next season.

Many of those players have been household names for several years at the local level and a few may even have the opportunity to advance beyond the collegiate ranks to play professionally.

As we take a look at this week’s top games, several of the players selected to the Shrine Bowl will have a chance to make an impact on some conference championship chases.

Knightdale at Garner
We all know about Garner, at (8-0) they’re a Top-10 ranked team and were the state 4AA runner-ups from a year ago. What you may not have realized though is that Knightdale is coming into this game at (7-1) and this game should settle the Greater Neuse River 4A championship.

Garner linebacker Tim Thorb was selected this week to be a member of this year’s Shrine Bowl team as a tight end and fullback.

Asheville at T.C. Roberson
In Western NC, traditional power Asheville will travel down Interstate 26 to Skyland where they will take on the undefeated Roberson Rams. Robeson has been receiving Top-10 votes all season and are led by two Shrine Bowl bound players, quarterback Noah Suber and offensive linemen Jeff DeLeon.

The Rams have had a magical season thus far and have been able to shed off challengers, but the battle against the Cougars could be their toughest challenge yet.

North Davidson at West Forsyth
The West Forsyth Titans put a kink in the Central Piedmont Conference title hopes of Davie County last week and they hope to be the first team to knock off North Davidson this week. North has steam-rolled everyone on in their path to advance to an (8-0) record.
While West Forsyth only has a (4-3) record, the three losses they have suffered were to three teams with a combined 20-2 record. (Reagan, Richmond County, East Forsyth)

Pine Forest at Douglas Byrd
While this is a non-conference game, it could still have playoff seeding implications as these two (6-2) teams collide in Fayetteville.

Byrd is a perennial 3A contender but Pine Forest has emerged on the scene after posting a (1-10) season last year. Byrd is led by Shrine Bowl bound running back Garry Lewis.


North Carolina Shrine Bowl Roster








No.PlayerPos.School
1T.J. LoganRBNorthern Guilford
2Khris FrancisRBDurham Hillside
3Daryl WilsonWRHendersonville
4Noah SuberQBAsheville Roberson
6 Matt WoganKIndian Trail Porter Ridge
7 Chris BlairDBEast Forsyth
9 Malik DiggsDBScotland County
10Dequaivs MannDBNorthern Nash
12Carlis ParkerQBStatesville
15Korrin WigginsDBDurham Hillside
19B.J. BeecherQBConcord
20Larenz BryantLBCharlotte Vance
22Pharoh CooperWRHavelock
24Tim ThorbHB/TEGarner
26Garry LewisRBFayetteville Byrd
28Brian WalkerDBCharlotte Mallard Creek
30Keeon JohnsonWRKannapolis Brown
32Kalif PhillipsRBKannapolis Brown
33Jack TochoDBCharlotte Independence
34Demetrius OliverWRAshbrook
35Sean WigginsLBMatthews Butler
36A.J. CopelandDBHavelock
37Quinton PattersonLBShelby Crest
40Nazair JonesDERoanoke Rapids
42Dane Rogers Jr.DLShelby Crest
44Artemis RobinsonLBScotland County
46Tristan MumfordLBStatesville
48Lachasten SmithLBSouth Iredell
51Blake DueittDLCornelius Hough
62Tyrone CrowderOLRichmond County
64Cole BlakenshipOLDavie County
70Ryan GouldOLWest Forsyth
72Eric McCauleyOLShelby
73Christian MatauOLNew Bern
74Patrick RoaneOLGray's Creek
75R.J. PrinceOLAlbemarle
79Jeff DeleonOLAsheville Roberson
81Tyquan LewisLBTarboro
82Aaron ClayWR/RBEastern Alamance
83Lewis NealDEWilson Hunt
85Kirk DonaldsonTECharlotte Vance
89Devante CovingtonDLRichmond County
90Jordan StarnesLBSouth Stanly
99Greg GilmoreDLHope Mills South View

Head Coach: Nelson Smith (Garner)
Assistant Coaches: Russell Stone (Fayetteville Byrd), Doug Illing (Davie County), Adrian Snow (West Forsyth), Mike Byus (East Lincoln), Dave Grant (Burlington Williams), B.J. Laughter (Hendersonville).

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