GOOSE CREEK — South Pointe senior place-kicker Kyle Dix knew he had some big shoes to fill. In the Stallions’ short history, they have a tradition of great kickers. A family tradition in fact, as brothers Logan and Landon Ard both parlayed their successful high school careers into opportunities to perform the same duties at the University of South Carolina for the Gamecocks.
On Friday night, Dix sure did his part to fill those kicking shoes and carry on the legacy of South Pointe kickers. He booted three field goals in the Stallions’ 30-27 victory at Goose Creek to play a major role in handing the Gators their first loss in 38 games and propel South Pointe into the Upper State AAAA Division II semifinals next Friday against Stratford, which beat South Florence 30-14. He was also perfect on his three point-after tries in a game where every point mattered.
“It feels great,” Dix said. “I know both of the (Ard brothers). I’ve been around both of them for my whole high school career. It feels great to continue (the legacy). It feels awesome.”
South Pointe coach Strait Herron did not hesitate to send Dix in for any of the big kicks Friday night. His first was a 30 yarder with 6:07 left in the first half to give the Stallions their biggest lead of the night at 17-7. After South Pointe snatched back the momentum to start the second half after trailing at the half 21-17, Dix calmly trotted out at the 5:49 mark of the third quarter for a 29 yarder to put the visitors up 27-21. Another three-and-out by the South Pointe defense led to another scoring opportunity, and with 51 seconds left in the quarter Dix booted a 25-yarder for a 30-21 lead.
The last boot proved to be the difference as Dix’ Goose Creek counterpart missed a 35 yarder of his own late in the fourth quarter.
“There were nerves on my part a little bit, just because it was a playoff game,” Dix said. “After tonight, coach gave me a lot of confidence.”
And after the win, both Dix and South Pointe are still kicking.