Friday, November 24, 2017
Shelby High School
Mt. Plesant High School
There is an saying in the playoffs which says, “Survive and Advance” and the Golden Lions did just that in a hard fought defensive battle against the host Mount Pleasant Tigers. The Golden Lions defeated the Tigers 7-0 to advance to the Western Regional Finals for the 5th consecutive year and for the 7th time in the last 8 years. The Golden Lions will travel to Lenoir to face the undefeated Hibriten Panthers.
The Golden Lions offense had difficulty getting into a rhythm against a tough Mount Pleasant defense until early in the 4th quarter when the Golden Lions utilized a fake punt. Dorian Davis took the snap and ran 15 yards to gain a first down. Five plays later, Xavier “DaDa” Brooks scored on a 1 yard run and Chase Hendrick connected on the extra point for a 7-0 Shelby lead and would prove to be the final score. In the 4th quarter, the Golden Lions had 197 yards (142 rushing/55 passing) for the game. Xavier Brooks had 28 rushing attempts for 118 yards and the only TD of the game. Brooks set a new school record for career 100+ yard rushing games (19). Malik Sarratt set two new school records, most career passing yards (5,991) and most career passing attempts (645).
The Golden Lion defense held the Tigers to 205 total yards (84 rushing/121 passing). The Golden Lions posted their 3rd shutout of the season. Dax Hollifield led the way with 16 total tackles including 1 tackle for loss. Hollifield set a state record for most career varsity games played (62). Bryant Spencer and Jack Hollifield each had 7 total tackles. The Golden Lion defense had a key stop right before half-time as the Tigers had 4th and 2 at the Lions 3 yard line but a delay of game penalty which moved the ball back to the 8 yard line and on 4th and 8, the Tigers missed on a 25 yard Field Goal attempt. The closest the Tigers would get to scoring in the 2nd half was the Shelby 32 yard line on the Tigers last possession of the game.
With the win, the Golden Lions have won 23 consecutive playoff games dating back to the 2013 season. The winner of the Shelby/Hibriten game will face the winner of the East Duplin/ North Davidson game for the 2AA State Championship on December 9th at Chapel Hill.
Shelby—Xavier Brooks 1 yard run—–Chase Hendrick X-PT