Playing for a state championship is nothing new for the Shelby Golden Lions. They'll meet Salisbury Saturday at 11 AM at BB&T Stadium in Winston-Salem as they play for the second straight 2AA title. They've won state championships in five of the last six seasons.
The Golden Lions and Salisbury Hornets have met twice before. In 2010, Salisbury beat Shelby 21-14 in a fourth round playoff game en route to the Hornets' only state championship.
Salisbury is 13-2 and best known for a great defense. They've given up more than one touchdown in a game only twice this season--in their two losses. They'll need a terrific defensive show to stop the 13-1 Lions, whose only loss was to Kings Mtn. Shelby has averaged just over 46 points per game, scoring 648 points in their 14 games this year.
Senior quarterback Isaiah Bess has completed over 58% of his passes for 3482 yards and 40 touchdowns. His favorite targets are seniors Diavonni Daley, who caught 15 TD passes and Ja'hari Mitchell who caught 16. Mitchell also ran for 11 touchdowns, five of them last week when the Lions used a 'wildcat' direct snap to Mitchell in their victory over Burns.
Junior Omar Phillips had 17 TD runs and 683 yards rushing. Senior Donye Fuller was the team's leading rusher with 820 yards and 10 TDs; but if you're going to stop Shelby, you've got to stop Bess, as Kings Mtn. proved in the Lions' only loss. Nobody else was able to do that.
The game will be telecast on WCCB-TV (channel 18.1) and audio will be available on WOHS, WLON & WCSL radio stations.
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