D.H. Conley senior quarterback and East Carolina University recruit Holton Ahlers landed one of 44 spots on the North Carolina roster for the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, the oldest high school all-star game in the country.
The Shrine Bowl is scheduled for 2 p.m. On December 16th at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
Ahlers has led the Vikings to six consecutive wins since a season-opening overtime loss to Northeastern, throwing a state-leading 32 touchdown passes and just one interception. The 6-4, 235-pound left-hander had a hand in eight touchdowns in Friday’s 70-6 blitzing of Charles B. Aycock, tossing seven touchdown passes and running for another score.
For the season, Ahlers has completed 116 of 189 passes (61.4 percent) for 1,951 yards — and average of 278.7 yards per game — and has distributed the ball to 10 different receivers. Ahlers also is second on the team in rushing yards with 363 on 48 carries — an average of 7.1 per carry — with a team-high seven rushing touchdowns.
He also has recorded five tackles in a brief stints in the defensive secondary.
Joining Ahlers on the North Carolina roster is future ECU teammate Donovan Noel, a 6-4, 268-pound offensive lineman at Millbrook High School in Raleigh.
Havelock’s Avery Jones, an offensive lineman who has committed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Tyiyon Johnson, a 6-2, 200-pound linebacker, were the only other eastern North Carolina selections.
NC State, ranked 20th this week, placed five players on the North Carolina roster: Clayton wide receiver Devin Carter, North Davidson kicker Chris Dunn, Charlotte Harding cornerback Mailk Dunlap, Eastern Alamance offensive tackle Gabriel Gonzalez and Heritage running back Ricky Person.
Murphy High School head coach David Gentry will serve as the head coach of the North Carolina. He will be assisted by Tim Carson of Weddington, Thurman Leach of Garner, Kevin Gilespie of Greensboro Page, Robert Priest of East Bladen, Edward Shepard of Eastern Guilford and Joe White of South Mecklenburg.