Saturday will be remembered for a long time by fans who attended the ESPN doubleheader at District Three Stadium.
They will remember that two of the nation's top teams -- Hoover, Ala., and Byrnes -- came to Rock Hill and joined South Pointe and Northwestern in the national spotlight.
They saw Hoover win a defensive battle in the opening game, 14-0. Televised nationally on ESPN, the game showed that while Byrnes is going to be good on defense, the Rebels' run in the national spotlight may be in danger if the offense doesn't start clicking.
Hoover was featured for two seasons in the MTV reality series, "Two A Days." Those who watched might remember that in one episode, former coach Rush Propst had a newspaper story taped to a wall near his office and pointed at it.
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He said the subject of the article, Charlotte's Independence High School, was a model program that every team should strive to emulate.
Northwestern and South Pointe took center stage at 4 p.m. on ESPNU, and I understand the crowd went wild when the Trojans and Stallions took the field. I wish I could have been there, but I have had some health issues. As the Rolling Stones put it: "What a drag it is gettin old."
So after stopping by to eat some BBQ cooked by Magistrate Bob Davenport at the South Pointe tent, it was to the house for a day of football.
Each time the announcers said Rock Hill, each time there was a shot toward the north and you could see the buildings at Winthrop, each time the stadium was heaped with praise and the word hospitality was used, chills ran up and down my back.
A lot of folks need to be thanked for making this happen, but I'll single out Northwestern athletics director Bill Warren, who spearheaded getting ESPN to come to town and worked hard to ensure southern hospitality was shown to everyone.
In the Northwestern-South Pointe game, those people watching in eastern Tennessee must have been thrilled. Northwestern trailed 20-7 at the half, but Trojans quarterback Justin Worley - who has committed to Tennessee - put on a third-quarter highlight clinic with five touchdown passes in five minutes. The Trojans won 42-20.
And folks got to see the nation's No. 1 player, South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Northwestern did a good job most of the game keeping Clowney away from Worley, who helped himself by getting rid of his passes quickly.
So, how about a tripleheader on ESPN next year? But mix it up a little. Have Rock Hill play Hoover, Northwestern play Independence, and South Pointe vs. Byrnes.
I'll be able to come next year. I'm banking on it. So, Bill, you did a great job with this one. Maybe if you start working on the six-team extravaganza now, you can pull it off.