Guess you've heard about the coveted city championship trophy, the one that went to the winner of the Rock Hill versus Northwestern game until South Pointe began playing varsity football in 2006.
If not, Part 2 is Friday night on South Pointe's campus when the Stallions host the Bearcats at 7:30.
So who ya picking?
First through, let's talk about the championship. The first game involving the three in-town rivals was played on Aug. 28 in front of a national TV audience on ESPNU. South Pointe looked to be in the driver's seat with it's 20-7 lead, but Northwestern stormed back in the third quarter with gun-slinging quarterback Justin Worley firing five TD passes in a little less the five minutes in a 42-20 Trojans win.
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So one down. Northwestern 1-0. South Pointe 0-1.
To avoid being knocked out of the race, South Pointe has to win Friday and avoid going 0-2 for the coveted bragging rights for the next year. No wait a minute, all three could end up 1-1 but the outcome will have to be decided on Nov. 5 if Rock Hill wins. It will be the last night of the regular season and the first time three years the Bearcats and Trojans end the regular season against each other.
Thank goodness the powers that be put them back in the same region.
So, if Rock Hill (3-0) wins this week, the city championship comes down to the last game. It should never be any other way. Never should the Bearcats, Trojans or Stallions play each other without some sort of prize on the line.
South Pointe (2-1) was moved down the Class AAA for the next two years based on its lack of numbers in the student body to stay up with its in-town rivals. Hopefully that problem will be solved before the next realignment is done in August of 2011.
Friday night's game promises to be a good one. If you haven't noticed by now, both teams has benefitted from defenses that force turnovers and put their offenses in good field position. But when the offense take the field, there is a big difference.
South Pointe's offense is built around junior quarterback Tay Hicklin, who is a lot like former Stallions All-American QB Stephon Gilmore in the way he leaves tacklers grabbing at air as he speeds by. As he goes, so goes South Pointe.
Rock Hill counters with a bevy of offensive weapons, not something that is new for the Bearcats. They have three quarterbacks -- Kenterius Hinton is out with a high ankle sprain -- in Corey Wessinger and Dre Williams. Wessinger started last week and passed for 120 yards and a touchdown. Williams, a safety on defense, came in last in the second quarter and went 91 yards for a TD on his first snap. He ended up with 140 rushing yards.
Tailback Savion Thoms, who backs up Arthur Heyward, rushed for 96 yards and Kirob Sims has become a big threat at tight end.
But South Pointe has the tools to counter. The Stallions have the No. 1 player in the entire country in senior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Run to the other side and meet Gerald Dixon, who is being recruited by many Division I schools.
And South Pointe holds advantages in the kicking game with boomer Landon Ard, and in the return game with Corey Neely, also a good cover man on defense.
So what can we expect? Rock Hill, like South Pointe, is stout against the run. Where each team is suspect is in the defensive secondary defending the pass. It might come down to which teams can pressure the other's quarterback the most. Do, you give that edge to South Pointe?
Not exactly because although Rock Hill is young, the Bearcats are still loaded with speed. They have the ability to run past the rush, but Stallions coach Bobby Carroll knows that and has never been shy about using gimmick defenses.
But who knows? It could come down to a long field goal by Ard. One team could blow out the other by forcing turnovers. This is a rivalry that is beginning to be, just like the one Rock Hill has built with Northwestern, and it's a good bet that seats will be hard to come by.
Advance tickets will go on sale at South Pointe Pointe today during lunch (noon-2 p.m.) in the school's lobby. They will also be sold Thursday and Friday and are $7 each.
BIG RIVALRY: None of the old timers around here have pinned it down, but most say the York/Clover rivalry is the oldest in the state. Regardless, the newest version takes place Friday in York's new stadium with the carpet (field turf) playing field.
This should also be an attractive game on several counts. Both teams are young, York a lot younger. First-year coach Mike Propst said during August practice that he would start at least 12 sophomores and let them take their lumps while preparing for the future.
So far that's been the case.
The Cougars are 0-3 and their top offensive threat has been a senior, tailback Lee Wright. But junior Corey Dover can play all the skill positions and returns kick. Sophomore quarterback Spencer Carroll has looked good throwing the ball.
Clover has the edge with senior quarterback Aaron Miller handling the ball. He's had to take on an expanded role running the ball this season and has led the Blue Eagles to a 4-0 record.
But interesting? Sure it will be. This is a rivalry game. The underdog always has a fighting chance. And it's the first time they play at York's new palace. Take nothing for granted.
Tickets for the game are on sale between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at both high schools. Tickets are $6.
TRI-COUNTY: The Tri-County Football Coaches Association held its weekly meeting on Tuesday and the following players were award winners:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Aaron Miller (Clover) 18 rushes for 204 yards 2 TDs; 1-of-2 passing 23 yards, TD. Honorable mention: Shaq Williams (Lancaster); Dre Williams (Rock Hill). OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Nick Derderian (CL) graded 94 percent. Honorable mention: Johnny Cline (RH). DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Lamar Mitchell (Northwestern) 15 tackles, TFL. Honorable mention: B.J. Hinton (CL); Thomas Perry (RH). DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Daniel Foster (LN) 13 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 p pressures, caused fumble. Honorable mention: Andre Wade (N); Mitchell Jeter (RH). SPECIAL TEAMS: Michael Burklin (RH) 5-5 on PATs.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Josh Parker (Westminster Catawba) 9 carries, 124 yards, 3 TDs. Honorable mention: Rondreas Truesdale (Indian Land); Deon Strong (Chester); Jake Williams (Nation Ford). OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: AJ Gordon (IL) graded 93 percent. Honorable mention: Darius Foote (CH); Corrie Feely (NF). DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Julius Pendergrass (CH) 18 tackles, TFL. Honorable mention: Johnny Mace (IL); Josh Driscoll (NF); Peyton Hinson (WC). DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Logan Daugherty (NF) 8 tackles, fumble recovery, QB pressure, TFL. Honorable mention: Jimmy Locklear (IL). SPECIAL TEAMS: Chad Thomas (IL) 8-8 on PATs. Honorable mention: Austin Kerr (CH); Sean Potts-Harris (NF); Cameron Adkins (WC).