The Summerville Green Wave Reid McCollum to A. J. Green connection paid off one last time.
The duo accounted for one of the Sandlappers two third quarter touchdowns in South Carolina's 31-21 victory, which ended their two game skid to North Carolina in the 71st edition of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
In cold, rainy conditions, McCollum engineered South Carolina's two final scoring drives, capping the first with a 17-yard toss to Green and handing it off to J. J. Booker for a 31-yard scamper on the second.
With the Sandlappers clinging to a 17-14 edge, McCollum found Green open near the hash marks and the end zone. Inside the five-yard line, Green, with his back to the end zone, leapt high in the air to snag the ball. The senior Green Wave fell backwards with two North Carolina defenders closing in across the goal line to give South Carolina a two score game, 24-14, with 2:02 remaining in the third quarter.
"Reid did a good job of finding me," said Green, who has verbally committed to the University of Georgia. "He put it where I could get it and we really wanted that score."
Then in the fourth quarter, North Carolina cut into the lead with a field goal, 24-17. Looking to bump their lead back up to two possessions, McCollum quarterbacked the Sandlappers' game winning scoring drive.
"We needed those two scores," said the Gamecock-bound McCollum who was 4 for 8 passing for 67 yards and two interceptions. "North Carolina ended up having a good fourth quarter, so it felt pretty good to be involved in both scoring drives."
Green had his share of involvement as well. The talented receiver accounted for over 150 all-purpose yards, hauling in 108 receiving yards and 53 on kickoffs. South Carolina unleashed the senior Green Wave on the Tarheels' defense on the Sandlappers' first offensive snap.
After slipping and sliding for no gain on his punt return one play earlier, Green lined up on the left side of the formation all by himself. On the snap, the receiver breezed by the unsuspecting defensive back and raced by the helpless safety. South Carolina quarterback Richard Mounce uncorked a bullet as Green blew by the defenders. Angling in from the left sideline, Green extended to pull in the pass, tumbling to the ground after making the catch.
Fort Dorchester High School's Tony Mack rotated in and out every series, manning the right side corner back position. The 6-2, 180-pound shutdown corner was rarely tested on Saturday, helping the Sandlappers hold the Tarheels to only 163 passing yards.
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