Two local players selected for 2022 NC/SC Shrine Bowl

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Williams High School football players Clifton Davis Jr. and Will Rhodes have been selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

Clifton Davis, Jr.
Will Rhodes

Davis, a defensive back and return specialist, and Rhodes, a linebacker, have been key players for the Bulldogs this season.

The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is a North Carolina vs. South Carolina game featuring seniors from each of those states. This year, the game will be held December 17 at Spartanburg High School’s Viking Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.

The weekend announcement regarding player selections was another honor for Davis.

On Friday night during a 21-10 victory against Western Alamance, Davis was selected as homecoming king.

Davis has been wearing a protective device after suffering a broken thumb in the second game of the season. He missed games against Eastern Randolph and Northwood.

In the season opener, Davis returned a kickoff for a touchdown in a home game against Cummings. His father is an assistant principal at Cummings.

Rhodes, who has made a verbal commitment to play for Elon, set the Williams single-game record for tackles in a September 2 victory at Southern Alamance. He was credited with 28 stops in that game.

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Williams (5-3 overall, 3-1 Central Carolina 3-A Conference) is off this week before games at Cedar Ridge (October 21) and home against Roxboro Person (October 28) to close the regular season.

Because of the pandemic, the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas was cancelled the past two years. This year, the head coach for the North Carolina team is Paul Hoggard of Holmes High School in Edenton.