Gilliard leads way past N.C.

CorrespondentNovember 29, 2008 

— LaQuan Gilliard was a two-way star without leaving South Carolina's offense in the Oasis All-Star Shrine Classic.

Gilliard, a receiver at Pinewood Prep, grabbed the go-ahead touchdown pass from MVP Cliff Ayers of Hammond School early in the fourth quarter.

He delivered his defensive play by forcing a fumble after the North Carolina squad had intercepted a pass.

The fourth annual all-star game matches players from the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association against a similar squad from the S.C. Independent School Athletic Association.

Gilliard put S.C. ahead with a twisting, leaping catch from 22 yards out to put South Carolina in front 13-6. The completion was one of eight straight for Ayers in the fourth quarter.

"Me and the quarterback talked and I told him to just throw it up and I'd get it," said Gilliard, who finished with seven catches for 104 yards. "I just went up and made a play."

Gilliard and Ayers set up the final score on a 33-yard pass and catch that led to Rickie Crum's 1-yard plunge.

North Carolina, which had won the last two meetings, rallied in the third quarter with defense and a potent running attack. Ravenscroft's Lanny Funsten intercepted a pass at the S.C. 48, setting the stage for a 33-yard run by Terrell Tyrance of Charlotte Providence Day.

North Carolina had its chances in the first half, getting only three points from three possession deep in South Carolina territory.

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