High School Sports

Bluffton's Grant, Ridgeland's Scott earn Shrine Bowl spots

Michael Grant doesn't really know much about Wesley Scott, though he's heard the name.

He should know Scott's story. It should sound a little familiar.

A late-blooming football player who has caught the eye of college coaches. An athletic, hard-working defensive player who coaches can't figure out how to stop.

Grant could pass off Scott's story as his own -- the resemblance between the two high school seniors is clear.

And now the duo -- Grant of Bluffton High School and Scott of Ridgeland High School -- can add another similarity to their resumes. The pair of Lowcountry football players were selected Thursday for the 75th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, arguably the state's most prestigious honor for high school football players. The game, which features the best players from South Carolina against the best from North Carolina, will be played Dec. 17 at Wofford College's Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg.

Bobcats coach Ken Cribb was previously selected as an assistant coach for the game.

Grant and Scott are the first players to make the Shrine Bowl from their respective schools.

"It means a lot because of all the good athletes that have come through Bluffton," Grant said. "Even when the team wasn't real good, they still had some real good players."

In his senior season, Grant has emerged as one of the best. Through seven games, Grant has 49 tackles -- including 10 for loss -- four sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a safety. Most impressively, he's scored three defensive touchdowns.

But it was more than statistics that stood out to South Carolina's coaching staff, which selected the roster. Cribb, part of the selection staff, said other coaches commented about how Grant stood out on film.

"He's a beast on the field," Cribb said. "He plays with such a high intensity level. He's all over the field. And he doesn't just tackle -- he tackles hard."

Scott's nod was the latest bit of good news during what has been a successful senior year. The announcement comes about a month after Scott committed to play Division I football at Miami of Ohio. Scott's future RedHawks teammate, Bamberg-Ehrhardt defensive lineman David DeLeon, was also a Shrine Bowl pick.

Through the Jaguars' first five games, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Scott tallied 29 tackles, including eight tackles for loss.

"He's got great character and great leadership through his play," said Ridgeland coach Richard Kirkland, who learned this past weekend Scott had been picked. "He's not a very vocal guy. He's practiced since the beginning, always here, comes to the weight room all the time."

75TH SHRINE BOWL OF THE CAROLINAS

When: 1 p.m. Dec. 17.

Where: Gibbs Stadium, Wofford College, Spartanburg

Tickets: $15 advanced, $20 day of game

Notes: Proceeds from the game benefit the Greenville Unit Shriners Hospital for Children

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