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South Pointe looking for fifth straight title

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Rock Hill—The drive for five begins Nov. 9 for the South Pointe football team.  The Stallions are aiming for their fifth consecutive state championship after capturing another region title and finishing the regular season with a 9-1 record.

Many outsiders were hesitant on picking South Pointe to win it all this season after key losses to graduation last spring.  The team has had to win some close games throughout the campaign, but the expectations remain the same.

“We’ve got guys that can make plays.  People might think we couldn’t do what we’ve done in the past, but our guys don’t believe that.  We know what’s being said, but as a team we feel we’re just as talented as we have been in the past,” head coach Strait Herron said.

“We realize we’re going to have some tighter games.  I think the past experiences that we’ve had in the playoffs are really going to help us.”

The Stallions begin the postseason at home against Walhalla.  A victory would then have them host the winner between Daniel and Eastside.

A handful of South Pointe players were recently honored with selections to all-star games.  Defensive back Jaylen Mahoney and offensive lineman Jackson Chappell were chosen for the Shrine Bowl, but will only compete if the Stallions are not playing during the final weekend.

Mahoney has recorded 40 tackles, including four for loss, with seven pass breakups and four interceptions.  Chappell has anchored an offense that averages nearly 460 yards per game.

“Both of those guys are great kids that are going to be a positive on any team.  They’re winners and go-getters, and they want to perform well.  It doesn’t matter where they’re playing, they’re going to give it their all.  Jaylen is a quiet person, but he’s a leader.  Jackson is a little more outspoken.  They’re huge assets to the Shrine Bowl team,” said Herron.

Running back Joe Ervin will also get the chance to compete against the state’s top players after being picked for the Touchstone Energy Bowl North-South game.  Ervin has rushed for 1,493 yards and 19 touchdowns on 183 carries this fall.

“He moves so well and has great vision.  He could be a focal point in that game,” Herron said.

There are still plenty of other players that could have an impact down the stretch as well.  Quarterback Tahleek Steele has thrown for 1,995 yards on a 133-for-211 clip with 27 touchdowns to 12 interceptions.  He has also picked up 300 yards and three scores on the ground.

Marice Whitlock continues to be electric whenever he touches the ball, putting up more than 1,100 all-purpose yards with 11 touchdowns.  Wide receivers Isaac Ross (463 yards, 8 TD) and Ty Good (354 yards, 6 TD) should also be key factors.

Defensively, Savion White leads the team with 97 tackles, with eight tackles for loss, and five sacks.  Troy Frazier, Dwayne Davis, Da’shaun Davis and Rontarious Aldridge each have at least 40 stops while Choncey Massey has four sacks and Jhace Stevenson has three interceptions.

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