Posted On: 11/29/21 6:00 AM

I was on the sidelines for the fourth-round playoff game between Cardinal Gibbons HS and Panther Creek HS.  I observed Cardinal Gibbons high-powered offense control the game with the ground attack for the majority of the game.  The players’ listed performances were outstanding throughout the game.

Connor Clark Connor Clark 6'6" | QB Cardinal Gibbons | 2023 State NC , QB, 6’6" 220, Cardinal Gibbons HS.  Connor displayed calmness and leadership while directing the offensive unit.  He has a quick release on his throwing motion.  Connor displayed good arm strength on the short-range and long-ball throws.  The passes were delivered on target with accuracy in the pocket and on the run.  He tucked it and ran when needed to gain yardage.  Connor Clark Connor Clark 6'6" | QB Cardinal Gibbons | 2023 State NC completed 5 of 9 passes for 71yards and 2 TDs.

Donovan Shepard, RB, 5’9" 165, Cardinal Gibbons HS.  Donovan displayed patience while following blockers to gain tough yardage while running inside.  Donovan displayed the speed to get outside and accelerate past defenders to gain yardage.  He plays at a high-energy level throughout the game.  Donovan Shepard had 19 carries for 142 yards, gaining tough yardage while running inside.

Blake Raphael Blake Raphael 6'0" | ATH Cardinal Gibbons | 2023 State NC . RB, 6’0" 195, Cardinal Gibbons HS.  Blake displayed good hands on the pass

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