Shelby High’s Golden Lions won their 12th straight game in Saturday’s N.C. 2AA state championship game, and more importantly, Shelby won the 17th state championship in school history.
Shelby pounded North Davidson 42-21 at N.C. State in a game that was never close. Shelby won its 10th N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship. The Golden Lions are state championships in a season that began with a tough 1-3 start.
Shelby most outstanding defensive performer Jack Hollifield had a 93-yard interception return for a touchdown to open the scoring. He finished with nine tackles and a pass break-up.
Shelby pushed the lead to 21-0 early in the second quarter. Championship MVP Isaiah Bess threw the first f his three scoring passes. Bess finished with 192 yards passing and three touchdowns, completing 17-of-26 throws.
North Davidson got within 14 points, at 28-14, when it cashed in on an 11-play, 50-yard drive in the third quarter. But Shelby kept scoring. Jaylon Scott put the game away with a one-yard run with 75 seconds to play.