South Pointe beat Wal­halla, be­gan 5th straight state ti­tle

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - High School Football - BY STEVEN BOW­ERS Spe­cial to The Her­ald

Marice Whit­lock had 100 yards rush­ing and re­ceiv­ing to go with four touch­downs, and Joe Ervin had 231 yards rush­ing and three touch­downs in the first half for the South Pointe Stal­lions, who de­feated the Wal­halla Ra­zor­backs 56-19 Fri­day night at home in the first round of the 4A play­offs.

The four-time de­fend­ing state cham­pi­ons will host tra­di­tional power Daniel next week.

“Coach (Brent) Ven­ables at Clem­son, his son is the quar­ter­back and a su­per ath­lete and he can throw the ball re­ally well” said South Pointe head coach Strait Her­ron. “So we’ve got our hands full.”

It was the first time the Stal­lions had played a game since a Mon­day Night Foot­ball Re­gion 3-4A cham­pi­onship win­ning per­for­mance 11 days ago at York. The South Pointe de­fense may have pitched a shutout if not for phe­nom­e­nal East Carolina-bound kicker Patrick Na­tions and his four field goals for the vis­i­tors, one of which was 52 yards. The Ra­zor­backs touch­down was on a pass that was ruled back­wards and picked up by Cody Barnes, who re­turned it 40 yards to cut South Pointe’s lead to 14-10 with 2:24 left in the first quar­ter. TURN­ING POINT Wal­halla still had a glim­mer of hope at half­time only trail­ing by three scores 35-16. Whit­lock squelched that im­me­di­ately to start the third quar­ter by tak­ing a jet sweep to­ward the vis­it­ing side­line, rev­ers­ing course, and then shoot­ing straight up the mid­dle of the field and pulling away for an 80-yard score 19 sec­onds into the se­cond half to make it 42-16. That matched Ervin’s 80-yard run which was the first score of the game for South Pointe.

“That’s tough on coach- es,” added Heron. “Coach Mac is try­ing to spread the love around, but at the same time do­ing what we need to do. Ev­ery­thing is based on what the de­fense gives us. We can hand the ball to Joe and he hits a seam and he can go, and you get the ball to Marice and he makes a move and makes some­body miss and then he’s gone. They’re both dy­namic play­ers.” STAR CON­TRIB­U­TORS

Tahleek Steele was 7for-11 for South Pointe for 195 yards and two touch­downs. Ervin and Whit­lock ac­counted for 472 to­tal yards of of­fense and seven touch­downs. ON DECK

Wal­halla’s sea­son ends at 7-4. The Stal­lions will host Daniel next week.

ANDY BURRISS Spe­cial to The Her­ald

South Pointe Stal­lions rocks theWal­halla Ra­zor­backs for a 56-19 win at home in the first round of the 4A play­offs. South Pointe’s Joe Ervin heads for his se­cond touch­down Fri­day.

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