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Mecklenburg leads Shrine Bowl roster
11 county players on the N.C. roster
Published Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7:08 pm
by Herbert L. White

The North Carolina Shrine Bowl roster has a distinct Mecklenburg County vibe.

Olympic High’ defensive lineman Robert Dinkins (15), a North Carolina recruit, is one of 11 Mecklenburg County players selected to the Shrine Bowl  game.

Eleven of the squad’s 40 players hail from Mecklenburg schools – tops among all counties – with eight from Charlotte. Mallard Creek and West Mecklenburg each have two players on the team, with Berry Academy, Olympic, Hopewell, Hough, Butler, Charlotte Catholic and Providence each providing one.

The Shrine Bowl, first played in 1937, is the nation’s oldest high school all-star game and has raised over $75 million for Shriners Hospitals.

Greensboro Dudley and New Bern were the only other schools to place multiple representatives on the roster with two each. No other county had more than three selections.

West Mecklenburg quarterback Jalan McClendon and defensive back Shaun Wilson made the cut while Mallard Creek defensive back Cameron Mattison and linebacker Stephen Askew were named to the squad.

The Shrine Bowl will be played Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

Among the Mecklenburg players selected for the game:

Berry Academy – Cayson Collins (LB)

Butler – Isaac Stewart (LB)

Charlotte Catholic – Elijah Hood (RB)

Hopewell – Dominique Heath (WR)

Hough – Jacob McCreary (OL) 

Mallard Creek – Stephen Askew (LB), Cameron Mattison (DB)

Olympic – Robert Dinkins (LB)

Providence – Bentley Spain (OL)

West Mecklenburg – Jalan McClendon (QB), Shaun Wilson (DB)


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