I'll admit I was a bit surprised when I was asked to write a guest column for The Rock Hill Herald today, because I know so few South Pointe fans who have the ability to read. To be frank, it seemed like a gigantic waste of my time.
They actually found a way to misspell a one-syllable word when naming their school. Every time I've typed South Pointe this week, I've had to stare at a red squiggly line telling me I spell like a first-grader. Do you know how annoying that is?
But I enjoy writing, and what better activity to do while sitting on the beaches of the Lowcountry soaking in the warm December weather. Those of you South Pointe fans still with me are probably reading this from your smartphone (irony) from the inside of a Bass Pro Shop or Spencer's Gifts or some other overpriced store in one of your mini-malls, which, from what I'm told, are about the only thing of note in Rock Hill -- other than an interstate that gets you to a better place: Charlotte.
Seriously, I spent hours on Google trying to come up with jokes about Rock Hill. Here's what came back: "Rock Hill? Did you mean Dwayne Johnson?"
Wow, Google is smart, I thought. Yes, I did mean Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
On to the game. I'm told by many fans across the state that South Pointe is considered the favorite. When I ask why, the most common answer I get is experience. The Stallions have been here before, I'm also told.
You do realize they lost last season, right? Is it a really an advantage to have experience losing? I see only one advantage: You will be more prepared for it when it happens again tonight.
See, let me warn you, this Bluffton High School team you've probably never heard of and also can't spell, it's pretty good. No, it's really good. Undefeated, in fact. So good that when it measures its 40 times, it does so in yards, not feet, as South Pointe does.
The Bobcats are the only perfect team remaining in Class AAA and will be left standing tonight. They've beaten up opponents all season that are bigger, stronger, faster.
C.J. Frazier has been darn-near unstoppable as the focal point of the offense, mostly because he has an incredible number of weapons surrounding him. Bluffton will make South Pointe pick its poison -- as it has with every opponent all season -- and you can't stop everything.
Defend the run, and Frazier will light you up. Defend the pass, and Eric Boyles and Jerry Scott will run loose on the outside.
I would generally end a column by telling readers where they can send me fan (and hate) mail, but that would imply anyone in Rock Hill actually knows how to use a computer. And we're not in the business of wasting space.
In all seriousness, congratulations to the Stallions. Second place out of 48 teams is a heck of an accomplishment. You should be proud.