South Pointe may still be sorting through some offensive issues, but the Stallions made enough big plays on defense to roll to an easy 38-0 win over Clover in the first game of the Bank of York Jamboree.
The Stallions scored on a 80-yard interception return by Corey Neely as the first half ended, and then a scoop-and-score fumble return touchdown by Cody Blake in the third quarter as what had been a close game became a rout.
Those were two of the six turnovers Clover committed on the night, as they played without injured starting quarterback Ta Long.
"You've just got to take care of the football," Clover coach John Devine said. "When you have adversity, you have to fight through it. We did that in the first half, we fought and we limited them, but it wasn't enough."
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Clover had actually held the Stallions well defensively, limiting them to just 46 total yards in the first half. But a 3-0 game went by the wayside quickly on the final play of the first half. Clover quarterback Trey Childress' desperate heave before the gun was picked off by Neely and returned for a touchdown, killing what little momentum the Blue Eagles had built by playing some salty defense.
On the first possession of the second half, South Pointe junior quarterback Devin Pearson hit wide receiver Montay Crockett for an 82-yard touchdown, and JaRyan Jennings added a 44-yard touchdown run near the end of the third quarter. Tay Blake finished the scoring with a 44-yard run in the fourth quarter.
South Pointe coach Strait Herron said he liked his defense being opportunistic, but was hoping to straighten out a few other issues soon. He was playing without 12 players who didn't get their required offseason lifting in, which created some hiccups early.
"We've got to be more sound offensively," Herron said. "I think when we get some guys back that will take care of itself. But I think we did well for what we had to do. As we move on though, our offense is going to have execute better early."