Clover High School athletic director Carroll Hester and head football coach Jet Turner informed me earlier in the week that the South Point Red Raiders would bring a ton of people from Belmont, N.C.
Upon my arrival to 9,000-plus seat Memorial Stadium, I found their projections to be incredibly accurate.
I drove to the reserve parking lot behind the home stands and was told the lot was full.
Next I tried the parking area behind the visitors' stands and still no vacancies.
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Cars were being directed to a grassy area behind the trees across the street. I was thinking shuttle bus until I spotted an empty space at the end of a row of cars.
Once inside the stadium, I don't know if I've ever seen a larger crowd at a season-opening high school football game.
There had to be close to 9,000 in attendance, with South Point fans filling all but a few scattered seats on the visitors' side and Clover with a packed house on the home side.
And yes, there were some York fans in attendance.
But this was all about the success of the participating teams.
The Blue Eagles are the defending Class AAAA Division 11 state champions and the Red Raiders also have a state title on their resume.
Friday's game had more of a playoff atmosphere than a season-opening feel.
The game itself was a real crowd-pleaser from start to finish. The fans got their money's worth and more.
Like two heavyweight fighters trading blows, the Blue Eagles and Red Raiders traded touchdowns until Clover head coach Jet Turner, the boldest of all play-callers, decided to go for an onside kick after Clover tied the score in the fourth quarter.
The Blue Eagles' Richard Derderian recovered the ball near midfield after a mad scramble and the high-octane South Point offense lost a possession with the game on the line.
The opportunistic Blue Eagles marched down the field in seven plays, the last a 2-yard run around the right side by Tyron Douglas.
And speaking of Douglas, the 5-foot-10, 185 pound junior fullback had South Point defenders scratching their heads.
Combining speed and power, this talented running back shakes tackles like man's best friend shakes fleas. It is really something to watch.
Asked about his ability to shed defenders, Douglas said it's a frame of mind he takes to the game.
"I make up my mind not to be stopped by one defender," he said, grinning. "I use my instincts and react to the situation."
Last week's game was a high school classic. South Point players can hold their heads high and the Blue Eagles passed a major first-game hurdle. There were heroes everywhere. Michael Phelps would have been proud.