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South Pointe coming through in close games

By C.R. Cumbee
Staff Writer

Rock Hill—Head coach Strait Herron knew the 2018 edition of the South Pointe football team would have its share of ups and downs, but the Stallions have still performed well after having to replace a number of starters from last year.
The team lost to city rival Rock Hill early, but currently sits at 5-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play after a victory over Westwood.
“It was a hard-fought game.  Westwood is very good and very athletic.  I was just proud of our players.  In order for us to get to where we want to get to, we’re going to have to win close, hard-fought games,” Herron said.
Quarterback Tahleek Steele has done a solid job in his first season as the starter, completing 90-of-145 pass attempts for 1,404 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.  He has also rushed for two other scores.
“He’s getting better and better, seems to be getting more comfortable every game.  The other night he struggled and threw two interceptions, but he’s been productive.  We need him to get the ball where it needs to go and let our players make plays.  He’s done a good job of what we’ve asked him to do,” Herron said..
Joe Ervin is the top rusher with 745 yards and 11 TDs on 104 carries while Marice Whitlock has accounted for over 700 all-purpose yards with six touchdowns.
“He’s so valuable out in space with his speed and quickness, so that was the plan for him all along,” Herron said of Whitlock, who moved from running back to receiver during the offseason.  “It has worked out well for us.”
Isaac Ross (323 yards, 5 TD) and Ty Good (256 yards, 4 TD) are other playmakers at receiver.
Defensively, senior Savion White leads the team in tackles with 62 stops, including six for loss with two sacks.
“He has good instincts and has a nose for the football.  He was pretty good last year and led us in some categories.  We expected that out of him,” Herron said.
Dwayne Davis, Da’shaun Davis and Troy Frazier all have more than 30 tackles this season while Kobe Shannon, Rontarious Aldridge, Ja’Marion Heath and Adam Foxx are other contributors.
In the secondary, Jaylen Mahoney has 27 stops with three interceptions.  However, one of the more pleasant surprises has been sophomore Omega Blake, who is tied for the team-lead with three interceptions.  Blake worked as the backup quarterback all summer, but was too valuable to remain on the sidelines.
“He’s one of our best athletes and we have to get him on the field more often.  He and Jaylen are tied in interceptions, but Jaylen probably has seven times more snaps.  He’s not a surprise because we know his talent, we just have to get him coached up,” Herron said.
South Pointe continues its quest for another region championship Oct. 5 at Lancaster.
“Their offensive production has been incredible and they’re increasingly getting better.  It’s going to be another test so our guys have to be ready,” Herron said.

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