Friday, December 9, 2016
Monroe High School
Shelby High School
The Golden Lions defeated the Monroe Redhawks 28-7 at George Blanton Memorial Stadium to advance to the 2AA State Championship Game at NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC. Shelby extended their winning streaks to 20 consecutive games won ( longest active streak in NC), 19 consecutive playoff wins and 41 consecutive wins vs 2A opponents.
The offense finished with 188 yards of total offense (131 rushing, 57 passing) and 13 first downs. Juwan Sims led the way with 19 rushing attempts for 82 yards and 1TD. Devin Gullatte added 16 rushing attempts for 76 yards. Jayden Borders had a 57 yard punt return TD ( his first career punt return TD). Darius Fuller had an 18 yard TD reception.
The Defense limited Monroe to 31 total yards of offense (-18 rushing, 49 passing) and 6 first downs. The Golden Lion defense made it impossible for Monroe to gain any offensive rhythm . Tre’ Jolly had a 52 yard fumble return TD (first career TD). Dax Hollifield had 8 total tackles including 3 tackles for loss and 1 sack. Michael Carson had 6 total tackles including 5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 1 caused fumble. Will Stites added 6 total tackles including 2 tackles for loss and a 1/2 sack.
The Golden Lions are 8-3 in Western Regional Championship games since 2003 The Golden Lions will be in their 8th championship game since 2004 (2002-07 & 2013-16).
Shelby—-Jayden Borders 57 yard Punt Return TD—-Ethan Triplett x-pt
Shelby—Tre' Jolly 52 yard Fumble Return TD—Ethan Triplett x-pt
Shelby—Juwan Sims 4 yard run—Ethan Triplett x-pt
Monroe–Ty Brewer 91 yard Kickoff Return–Brayan Diaz-Reyes x-pt
Shelby—Darius Fuller 18 yard pass from Malik Sarratt—Ethan Triplett x-pt