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South Pointe High School
Rock Hill

South Pointe dominates in season opener

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Rock Hill—It’s extremely difficult to win three consecutive state championships, but South Pointe accomplished the feat last season and will look for four in a row in 2017. While the Stallions weren’t overly impressive during their scrimmages, they opened the regular season with a 40-7 victory over rival Northwestern.

“I didn’t expect that because we didn’t have the best summer this year,” head coach Strait Herron said. “When we got to the scrimmages, we looked okay against Gaffney, but everything else was inconsistent. I was concerned about execution. We ran the ball well but our passing game was lackluster. They stepped up against Northwestern and made fewer mistakes than I thought we would make.”

Offensively, six starters return, including quarterback and Clemson commit Derion Kendrick. Steve Gilmore and Scott Robinson are back at receiver along with newcomers Isaac Ross and Ty Good, who impressed the coaches in the preseason. Running backs Joe Ervin and Marice Whitlock formed a strong tandem in the opening game as well.

Jackson Chappell, Jaydon Collins and Keshawn Freeman return on the offensive line, and Dorian Jamison, Tyrone Jackson and Gavin Bennett have all earned snaps up front.

 “I’ve raved about our offensive line and that hasn’t been a shocker to me. That group has worked really hard and done a good job,” Herron said.

Eight starters were back on defense, including the entire defensive line and secondary. Virginia Tech commit Eli Adams and Jalen Pickett-Hicks are the ends while Adam Foxx and Keshawn Veal are on the inside. BJ Davis and Justin Reese are the safeties, and Jamari Currence and Jaylen Mahoney are at corner.

Moving into the linebacker spots are Dwayne Davis, Dee Huskey and Justin Corbin.

South Pointe also has weapon on special teams in kicker/punter BT Potter, a Clemson pledge that is rated the top player at his position by some recruiting services.

“He makes a huge difference in a game. Teams have to go 80 yards after a kickoff, which is a huge plus for the defense. He has the capability of kicking a long field goal and giving you points when you might not expect to get points. He’s a huge contributor to what we have going on,” Herron said.

The Stallions continue the regular season Aug. 25 at Nation Ford.

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