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South Pointe High School
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Four South Pointe players chosen for all-star games

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Rock Hill—After recording its first undefeated regular season since 2008, South Pointe now begins its quest for a fourth consecutive state championship. The Stallions captured the Region 3-AAAA title with a 41-27 victory over York and sit 10-0 heading into the playoffs.

“Earlier in the season we were still making mistakes, but I told our players that was okay because we didn’t want to peak too early,” head coach Strait Herron said. “I feel like we’re very consistent right now, which is good thing, but we still have things we need to fix. I just hope that our guys aren’t wearing down or burning out. As long as they’re feeling good then I’ll be okay.”

While the team has done well, several individual players were bestowed accolades as well. South Pointe has two players that will compete in the Shrine Bowl, including quarterback Derion Kendrick and defensive end Eli Adams.

Kendrick, a Clemson commit, has completed 130-of-179 passes for 1,843 yards and 21 touchdowns to just five interceptions. He has also carried 76 times for 678 yards and nine scores. Adams, who has pledged to Virginia Tech, has 67.5 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks.

“I think it’s a tremendous compliment for them and I think they’re very deserving. The main thing I’ve tried to convey to them is that they’re playing for a bigger cause. It’s more than just a game and a score. I’m very proud of them and I know they’ll go up there and represent us well,” Herron said.

 Defensive back B.J. Davis and wide receiver Steven Gilmore were chosen for the North-South all-star game. Davis has 70 tackles, including eight for loss, six pass breakups and three interceptions. Gilmore has caught 22 passes for 365 yards and nine touchdowns, and is also a threat in the return game.

“I nominated a handful of guys for North-South, and I believe they could have taken any of the two,” Herron said. “I’m glad those two guys got picked because they’re both explosive players, but you could have also thrown in Jamari Currence, Scott Robinson, Jaydon Collins and Keyshawn Freeman.”

South Pointe, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA, opens the playoffs against Midland Valley and will host the first two rounds.  

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