ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen head football coach Robby Priest has been selected as an assistant coach for the North Carolina team in the 81st annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
The game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
“It was a total surprise,” Priest said. “But I am honored to be chosen — I know there are great coaches out there who haven’t had this opportunity yet, so I won’t take it for granted.”
Priest, who has been the Eagles head coach for the past five seasons, spent several years as an assistant under head coach Lenon Fisher, who retired after 30 years as a football coach. East Bladen’s football facility is named after Fisher.
During his five seasons as head coach of the Eagles, Priest has put together a 48-18 record.
He’s also had some stellar players come out of East Bladen during his tenure as head coach — including 2015 graduates Farrell Murchison and his twin brother Larrell.
Farrell Murchison, a running back, broke numerous school season and career rushing records and, after his senior season that saw him rush for 2,419 yards and 34 touchdowns, was the Four County Conference Player of the Year and tabbed the Cape Fear Region Player of the Year by The Fayetteville Observer. Larrell Murchison, a fullback and defensive lineman, was a first team all-conference selection. Both went on to play for Louisburg College and, recently, Larrell signed to play at N.C. State.
Priest will serve as an assistant under North Carolina’s head coach David Gentry of Murphy.
“I look forward to working with some of the best coaches in North Carolina,” Priest said. “I know I will learn a lot from the staff that is assembled and I am grateful to be selected.”
The North Carolina is on a two-game winning streak in the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, having defeated South Carolina 17-10 in 2016 and 54-39 in a shootout in 2015. Prior to that, however, South Carolina had won three straight and six out of eight games. Overall, South Carolina leads the series 44-32-4.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.