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South Pointe seniors put exclamation point on careers

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Rock Hill—From the first practice over four months ago, the South Pointe seniors had one goal: win their fourth straight state title and be remembered as the best team in school history. After handling Hartsville, 38-14, the Stallions accomplished their mission.

“The seniors want to be known as the best South Pointe team ever,” head coach Strait Herron said earlier in the week. “It’s hard to do that when you have that 2008 team that had Stephon (Gilmore) and (Jadeveon) Clowney and those guys. Right now the numbers are in their favor. It’s a perfect motivator. That group has learned through the years of how to be great.”

It was the sixth state championship overall for South Pointe and marked the first perfect season (15-0) since 2008.

Quarterback Derion Kendrick concluded his final year with 2,670 yards passing on a 187-of-258 clip, and added 1,194 yards rushing on 119 carries. He accounted for 50 total touchdowns and was named the 2017 HSSR Mr. Football.

Scott Robinson, another four-year varsity letterman, was the team’s top receiver with 52 catches for 901 yards and eight scores. Fellow senior Steven Gilmore wrapped up the campaign with 676 receiving yards and 11 TDs. Offensive linemen Jaydon Collins and Keyshawn Freeman will also graduate.

Defensively, the Stallions will take a big hit as well, losing key players at every level. Defensive end Eli Adams finished the season with 92.5 tackles to go with 17.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. Jalen Pickett-Hicks, the other defensive end, had 92.5 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Keshawn Veal was a senior defensive tackle.

Linebacker Deangelo Huskey led the team with 139.5 stops, 19.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and four interceptions. Justin Reese departs after picking up 69.5 tackles and 11.5 hits behind the line of scrimmage.

Strong safety B.J. Davis (86 tackles, 4 interceptions) and cornerback Jamari Currence (74 tackles, 18 pass breakups, 3 interceptions) leave a void in the secondary.

Special teams will have to be overhauled as well with the absence of B.T. Potter, who recorded touchbacks on 115 of 124 kickoffs this year. He was 77-for-81 on extra points and 12-of-17 kicking field goals to go with a 37-yard punting average.


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