South Carolina appeared to be in the gift-giving mood on Saturday.
Just for one half, though.
The Sandlappers fell behind early due to a pair of costly mistakes, but scored 42 unanswered points en route to a 42-10 victory against North Carolina in the 74th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas at Wofford College's Gibbs Stadium.
Myrtle Beach quarterback Everett Golson had a hand in the comeback, completing 9 of 15 passes for 79 yards, including one of Scott's Branch receiver Jerell Adams' three touchdown receptions.
Golson, who has commited to play at Notre Dame, did not throw an interception but was sacked once. Golson and Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley rotated under center nearly every play in the first half, then alternated most possessions in the second half.
Donte Sumter, Golson's East Carolina-bound Myrtle Beach teammate, had two catches for 13 yards, with both passes coming from Golson, one in the first quarter and the other in the fourth..
The Tarheels jumped to an early 10-0 lead with the help of two South Carolina mishaps.
Trever Austin (Crest) connected on a 43-yard field goal following a high snap on a South Carolina punt that set the Tarheels up at the Sandlappers' 20-yard line. North Carolina increased its lead after Brandon Ellerbe (Anson Senior) intercepted a Worley pass and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.
Austin was named the N.C. team's offensive most valuable player. Kris Frost (David W. Butler) was named the team's defensive MVP, finishing with seven tackles, including three for loss.
The Tarheels had an opportunity to increase the lead after Benjamin Councell (A.C. Reynolds) blocked a punt at the South Carolina 4. However, Sandlappers linebacker Dexter Staley (Williston-Elko) forced a fumble that was recovered by teammate Julius Pendergrass (Chester) to end the threat.
South Carolina cut the deficit to 10-7 at the half after Adams caught a 3-yard jump pass from Staley for a touchdown with 51 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
The Sandlappers outscored North Carolina 21-0 in the third quarter for a 28-10 lead.
Quinn Backus (Greenwood) intercepted a Vad Lee (Hillside) pass and returned it for a 33-yard touchdown on the first play of the quarter to get the Sandlappers rolling.
"Our kids played hard and worked hard all week," South Carolina coach Mickey Moss (Blacksburg) said. "They did everything we asked. We bit ourselves in the first half but knew they would come back."
The Sandlappers added a 12-yard run by Shon Carson (Lake City) and a 5-yard pass to Adams from DeEdward Burris (Gaffney) for touchdowns to cap the quarter. Carson was named the South Carolina offensive MVP.
Adams' third touchdown of the game was on a 19-yard pass from Golson in the fourth quarter for a 35-10 lead. Adams finished the game with five catches for 62 yards.
"It was a good experience," Adams said. "With all the big-time wide receivers we have out here, I was glad to get what I got."
"Jerell played a heck of a game," Moss said. "He's a Class 1A kid. A lot of people say they can't play, but he answered a lot of questions today."
South Carolina capped its scoring with 6:06 to go in the game on a 2-yard run by Staley.
The Sandlappers outgained the Tarheels 381-75 in total offense, including a 171-7 advantage in rushing yards.
"We couldn't move the ball offensively," North Carolina coach John Lowery (Forest Hills) said. "The pass interception to start the second half made the difference, and we couldn't recover after that."
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (South Pointe) was named the team's defensive MVP, finishing with five tackles with two for loss and three sacks.
"I was beating [their offensive lineman] off the edge on every play," Clowney said. "This is the best defense [South Carolina] has put out here ever."
"He did what we expected him to do," Lee said. "We had no answer for him."