Cardinal Gibbons struck first on a 34-yard pass when Connor Clark hit Maverick Shotwell on a beautiful back shoulder throw with 4:57 to go in the opening quarter. The touchdown broke the ice of a defensive slugfest and within minutes of the score going on the board, the heavens opened wide with buckets of sideways rain as a torrential downpour turned the field into a sloshy track and both teams had to battle 30-40 mile per hour winds.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Shelby passing attack on the arm of Daylin Lee who tossed five touchdown passes in the game, lifting the Golden Lions to a 55-34 victory over Wallace-Rose Hill in the 2A State Championship Game.
For the 4th straight year, Chambers will play for the 4A state football championship tomorrow when they take on Cardinal Gibbons at 7 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. It’s a game where the Crusaders will have a slight advantage.