By Michael Burns
and Bob Castello
After his Goose Creek High School team’s season was cut short by the South Carolina High School League’s disqualification from the playoffs, the state’s Mr. Football had his Shrine Bowl game ended with a knee injury on the opening kickoff.
Tramel Terry was carted off the field for examination and returned to the sidelines in a track suit.
Terry said after the game he didn’t know the extent of his injury, but South Carolina Shrine Bowl coach Ray Stackley said he feared bad news of an injury that could require surgery.
“I think there’s ligament damage, but it could be an MCL sprain,” Stackley said. “It could be an ACL. It could be a partial tear. Trainers are pretty much like doctors. They’re going to tell you the worst to start with and work backwards from there. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”
A serious injury would effectively undo efforts Terry made for quick acclimation at the University of Georgia, where he’s already signed, will enroll next month and had planned to participate in spring practice.
Bullet — Aside from Ben Boulware, Clemson commitments had a mostly quiet afternoon.
Dane Rogers, a defensive end commitment from Crest (N.C.), and Jadar Johnson, a defensive back from Orangeburg-Wilkinson, each finished with three tackles.
Lake Marion wide receiver Mike Williams got open at times but did not make a reception. The South Carolina team completed just nine passes in the game.
Bullet — South Carolina commitments fared better. Pharoh Cooper, who’s set to join the Gamecocks as a wide receiver, played most of the second half as a wildcat-formation quarterback.
Cooper finished with a game-high 104 rushing yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 39 yards and earned North Carolina’s offensive MVP award.
USC recruit Gerald Turner, a defensive end, recorded six tackles, 1½ for loss, and grabbed an interception for the Sandlappers.
Larenz Bryant had four tackles and a pass breakup for North Carolina. Fellow Gamecock commitment Devante Covington recorded three tackles and forced a fumble.
Gamecock commitments D.J. Park and Bryce King played on the Sandlappers’ offensive line.
Bullet — After the game, North Carolina offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder of Richmond County High reiterated Clemson’s lead over Georgia in the chase to land his signature on signing day, but he said the Bulldogs aren’t out of it yet. He plans to set up an official visit to UGA in the coming weeks.
Bullet — North Carolina State commitment Quintin Patterson led the Tar Heels with six tackles, two for loss, and a pass breakup and was named his team’s defensive MVP.
Bullet — Conway wide receiver Malcolm Green had three catches for 98 yards and was named South Carolina’s offensive MVP.
Bullet — Greenwood High senior Devon Durant, who bonded with Boulware throughout the week, tied Boulware for team honors with nine total tackles. Durant also forced a fumble and returned another 47 yards.
Bullet — Blue Ridge’s Wade Cooper, who coached wide receivers for the Sandlappers, said Blue Ridge defensive back Corey Dogan “made great strides” during the week.
“I think he learned to compete at a higher level, and that’s real important for him if he wants to go on to the next level,” Cooper said.
Bullet — Christ Church’s Don Frost, who coached defensive backs for South Carolina, was born pigeon-toed, had a steel bar across his baby shoes to straighten his legs and was a patient at the Shriners Hospital from three months until 16 years old.
“So this has been very special to me,” Frost said.