FORT MILL — The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets are known for getting off to fast starts, but on Friday night it was the South Pointe Stallions who came out of the starting gates with a full-head of steam.
The fourth-ranked Stallions thundered past Fort Mill 35-14 to stay perfect on the season. The game was the first in Region 3, class AAAA for both teams.
South Pointe wasted no time showing its dominance, scoring 21 straight points to open the game. Fort Mill committed two turnovers in the opening period.
I am real excited about how we came out of the locker room, said Stallions head coach Strait Herron. The energy left us in the second quarter, but we made stops when we needed too.
South Pointes first series started at the Jackets 38 after a punt.
Facing a fourth down, South Pointe faked a punt and kicker Logan Ard ran for the first down. On the next play, senior Brandon Barber scored from the 28 on a run up the middle.
Fort Mill methodically moved down the field on its second drive but quarterback Rylan Wells was picked off by defensive end Tay Ribinson-Locke.
The Stallions took advantage of the mistake, scoring four plays later when hit junior Kyle Brandt for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
Fort Mill committed another costly turnover on its next drive, fumbling at Jackets 27. South Pointe junior Davonte Blake returned the fumble for a touchdown.
You cant do that (have turnovers) against real good teams, Fort Mill head coach Ed Susi said. You cant give them more opportunities to be successful.
The Jackets defense finally stopped South Pointe in the second quarter, forcing the Stallions to attempt a field goal that missed.
Fort Mill finally got on the board with about 50 seconds left in the half when Wells hit junior running back Deryan Sanders on a touchdown pass.
I liked the way the kids fought and came back, Susi said. We didnt quit.
The Jackets cut South Pointes lead to just one touchdown to start the fourth quarter as Wells hit senior Tony Godbolt for a 33-yard touchdown that capped a seven-play drive.
South Pointe countered with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Pearson to Anthony Johnson and 3-yard touchdown run by CJ Pendergrass.
South Pointe 35, Fort Mill 14
SP Brandon Barber 28-yard run (Logan Ard kick)
SP Devin Pearson 19-yard pass to Kyle Brandt (Ard kick)
SP Davonte Blake 27-yard fumble return (Ard kick)
FM Rylan Wells 13-yard pass to Deryan Sanders (Wells kick)
FM Wells 33-yard pass to Tony Godbolt (Wells kick)
SP Pearson 48-yard pass to Anthony Johnson (Ard kick)
SP CJ Pendergrass three-yard run (Ard kick)
Rushing South Pointe: Devin Pearson 13-76, CJ Pendergrass 15-61, Logan Ard 1-8, Brandon Barber 6-87, Josh Brice 2-(-1).
Fort Mill: Rylan Wells 17-41, Tony Godbolt 12-21, Deryan Sanders 4-24, Malik Long 3-12, Breshon Simpson 2-1, Chandler Kryst 2-3.
Passing South Pointe: Devin Pearson 9-16-1 154.
Fort Mill: Rylan Wells 9-15-1 131.
Receiving South Pointe: PJ Heath 4-55, DeShawn Davis 3-32, Kyle Brandt 1-19, Anthony Johnson 1-48.
Fort Mill: Deryan Sanders 2-18, Brandon Plyer 2-22, Malik Long 1-18, Tony Godbolt 2-47, Josh LaFoe 2-26.
Records: South Pointe 5-0, 1-0 Region III-AAAA; Fort Mill 3-2, 0-1 Region III-AAAA.