SHRINE BOWL: Maiden’s Culliver leads 4 area selections for North Carolina

CULLIVER (247 sports photo)

All-Star game — set Dec. 17 in Spartanburg (S.C) —

returns after 2 COVID-impacted years with no contest



SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Maiden High receiver Chris Culliver highlights a list of four players from area football conferences selected for North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team.

The other three picks are: North Lincoln tight end Bryson Esser, Watauga defensive lineman Isaiah Shirley and East Lincoln linebacker Ben Cutter.

The 86th Shrine Bowl Game is scheduled Dec. 17 at Spartanburg (S.C.) High at 1 p.m., capping a week of workouts in Spartanburg.

The North Carolina head coach is Paul Hoggard of Edenton Holmes. He was head coach at West Caldwell from 1994-1997.

Culliver — a 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver who has committed to North Carolina — is leading Maiden (6-1, 4-0), and his first post-SB selection game is Friday at 7:30 p.m. when the Blue Devils battle visiting Bunker Hill (7-0, 4-0) for the Catawba Valley 2A Athletic lead.


Esser (6-8, 260) has helped North Lincoln to a 2-4 overall/2-2 Western Foothills 3A start, and the Knights face Fred T. Foard at North Lincoln on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Shirley (6-2, 240) , an N.C. State commit, is a defensive star for Watauga (6-1, 2-0), which shares the Northwestern 3A-4A lead with Hibriten and plays the Panthers in Boone on Friday night (7:30 p.m.).

Cutter (6-1, 210) has committed to West Virginia, and is a defensive leader for East Lincoln (7-0, 4-0), which leads the Western Foothills 3A.

The Mustangs go to St. Stephens on Friday for a conference game (7:30 p.m.).



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