Heath takes charge as South Pointe Stallions trample Blythewood

Herald correspondentAugust 25, 2012 

— South Pointe’s offense was not pretty on Friday. It was barely good-looking.

But P.J. Heath was stunning.

The Stallions’ senior wide receiver/defensive back was a perfect 10 with seven catches for 85 yards, including a touchdown catch, and a reception that led to another touchdown, as South Pointe earned a 39-16 win over Blythewood.

Heath, for good measure, intercepted a pass that led to his touchdown and a 20-10 lead early in the third quarter.

“The thing about P.J.,” Stallions coach Strait Herron said, “he’s a senior and didn’t play last year. We’re glad to have him back. I told the team that sooner or later it would start clicking and it did.”

After that, the offense woke up to at least place in the pageant.

The Stallions (2-0) had nine possessions before they broke through, one which ended the first half on a kneel-down and another that produced the go-ahead touchdown and a 13-10 halftime advantage. The others were filled with penalties, dropped balls and plugged running lanes, and ended with punts.

Heath helped turn around a quick Blythewood lead in the second quarter, when he leaped for a pass on third-and-8 from his own 31-yard line. Devin Pearson dropped back and Heath, locked in single coverage on the sideline, leaped for the toss, seeming to ride his defender’s arm through the air for an extra boost, to come down with the ball for a 27-yard first down.

“Devin didn’t put it where I wanted it,” Heath good-naturedly said, “so I had to go up and get it anyway. I had to find a way.”

With new life and enough time to march for a score, South Pointe instead took one snap. C.J. Pendergrass bolted through a wide-open hole and ran past the shocked secondary for a 42-yard go-ahead touchdown.

Following the half, Blythewood (0-1) had to punt, but forced two South Pointe punts. On the Bengals’ next possession, quarterback Kylin Binn fired long on third-and-13, only to see Heath, reading right away that the pass was short, come off his man and pick off the pass.

“I was just listening to what coach (Calvin) McCullough told me,” Heath said. “‘Watch the quarterback’s eyes, adjust, make a play.’”

South Pointe 39, Blythewood 16

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SP–Cody Blake 18 fumble return (Logan Ard kick blocked)

B–Greg Huegel 29 FG

B–Ben Ruiz 25 run (Huegel kick)

SP–C.J. Pendergrass 42 run (Ard kick)

SP–P.J. Heath 26 pass from Devin Pearson (Ard kick)

SP–Pendergrass 7 run (Ard kick missed)

B–Dean Beckford 90 kickoff return (Run failed)

SP–Pearson 68 run (Ard kick)

SP–Pearson 5 run (Ard kick missed)


South PointeBlythewood
First downs1813
Passing yards125104


RUSHING–South Pointe: C.J. Pendergrass 14-78; Devin Pearson 13-93; Davonta Blake 2-11; Josh Brice 7-49; Brandan Barber 2-19; TEAM 1-(-2). Blythewood: Devin Albert 11-43; Kylin Binn 10-(-57); Dean Beckford 5-0; Ben Ruiz 4-31; Travis Palmer 2-7; Joe Britt 3-(-14).

PASSING– South Pointe: Pearson 12-22-121-0; Blake 2-3-4-0. Blythewood: Binn 8-16-96-1; Palmer 2-6-10-1; Britt 1-2-(-2)-0.

RECEIVING– South Pointe: Anthony Johnson 1-10; P.J. Heath 7-85; Jonathan Hall 4-33; DeShawn Davis 2-(-3). Blythewood: Shyheim Brown 7-59; Javon Smith 2-30; Beckford 1-13; Ruiz 1-2.

RECORDS– Blythewood 0-1; South Pointe 2-0

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