SPARTANBURG — Three South Carolina commitments found the end zone in the Shrine Bowl here Saturday, with the final score coming in game-winning fashion.
Gaffney High receiver Shaq Davidson caught the go-ahead 21-yard touchdown with 16 seconds left in the game to lift the South Carolina all-stars over North Carolina 28-23.
Davidson, who made the move to receiver this week after playing quarterback at Gaffney, said he had an extra focus on the final drive after dropping a tipped ball earlier in the game.
I was working on concentration this week, he said after the game. On this last drive I promised myself I would look it in all the way.
Davidson caught the score from Northwestern High quarterback and Oklahoma State commitment Mason Rudolph, who finished with three touchdown passes to capture offensive MVP honors.
Davidson, who tore an ACL his sophomore season, found motivation this week from the teams visit to the Greenville Shriners Hospital for Children. The game benefits the local Shriners Hospital and 21 others around the country.
It touched my heart to be able to do this for the kids, Davidson said. Ive never experienced anything like this, going to the hospital and seeing the disabled kids. It made me work twice as hard this week at practice knowing how I was when I couldn't walk after surgery. It made me go 10 times harder.
Davidson is not done playing high school football. He will play Jan. 4 in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
Here is how the six other South Carolina commitments for the class of 2014 fared Saturday:
- Chapman High receiver Tyshun Deebo Samuel also caught a 21-yard touchdown from Rudolph. That was the only catch on the day for Samuel, who found out after the game that will play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla., after Christmas. He also had a rush that lost one yard and returned one punt for five yards.
- Dillon Highs Joe Blue primarily played linebacker and special teams Saturday, recording six tackles, two of those for loss. He also had six carries on offense, scoring a 1-yard touchdown on fourth and goal that put the SC team ahead 21-17 early in the fourth quarter.
- Kevin K.C. Crosby of Bamberg-Ehrhardt played receiver, tight end and special teams, catching two balls for 27 yards. Crosby will next play in the Under Armour All-America Game in Tampa, Fla.
- Goose Creek Highs Kalan Ritchie played tight end in the Shrine Bowl after being a defensive end for most of his senior season. He did not record a catch Saturday and also will play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
- Offensive linemen Donell Stanley of Latta High and Malik Young of Woodmont High manned the tackle spots on Saturday, with Stanley at left and Young on the right. Both could end up being guards at USC. Stanley will join Davidson at the U.S. Army bowl, while Young is headed to Florida for the Offense-Defense game.