It took the South Pointe Stallions 29 seconds to score three times in the second quarter and open a 20-0 lead over rival Rock Hill in their 27-0 non-region victory.
The first quarter ended in a scoreless tie at District Three South Stadium, and the game had become a defensive battle with neither team able to sustain a drive.
The Bearcats (3-1) were at their 20 on first down, and quarterback Corey Wessinger dropped back to pass. He was drilled by South Pointe's Albert Neely and the ball popped loose. Jadeveon Clowney picked it up at the 16 and ran it in for the game's first touchdown.
"After we scored the first quick touchdown, it was like, 'Yes, yes, yes. Let's do it over and over again ... keep on doing it,'' South Pointe defensive back Corey Neely said. "You don't expect it to really happen, to score three times that quick, but we were playing a good team and that's what it took for us to win.
"Our game plan was to get to their quarterbacks quickly and keep them from passing as much. And our goal, as it always is, was to get the shutout. We pretty much did what we set out to do.''
Wessinger moved slowly to the sideline after fumbling, and Dre Williams went in at quarterback for the Bearcats' next possession. Not much changed. Williams fumbled on first down after being hit by James Jackson. Trey Mackey picked up the ball and ran it in from 12 yards out for the Stallions' second TD in just six seconds.
Another South Pointe kickoff. Another Williams fumble after another hit by Neely, this one picked up by Jacquese Jones , who ran this one in from the 23 for a 20-0 Stallions' lead.
Twenty-nine seconds elapsed between South Pointe's first and third touchdowns.
"We quit playing after the 30-second span,'' Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery said. "Well, our defense kept playing hard, but we weren't doing anything on offense. We gave them the game on that side of the ball.
"South Pointe's defense was coming up quickly and getting in our facemasks. On the fumbles, they were on us almost as soon as the ball was snapped. And once we got down that quick and the way we did it, it was difficult for us to come back.''
The lone offensive touchdown came late in the third quarter after Corey Neely returned a Bearcats punt to Rock Hill's 22. On South Pointe's third play, the Stallions (3-1) made a call not often seen these days - a jump pass.
Quarterback Tay Hicklin took the snap, backed up three quick steps and cocked his arm while leaping into the air. He threw the ball on a rope to JaRyan Jennings, who was standing just across the goal line in the middle of the end zone. Landon Ard booted his third of four extra points and the Stallions capped the scoring with a 27-0 lead.
SOUTH POINTE 27
ROCK HILL 0
SP - Jadeveon Clowney 16 fumble recovery (Landon Ard kick)
SP - Trey Mackey 12 fumble recovery (kick blocked)
SP - Jacques Jones 23 fumble recovery (Ard kick)
SP - Tay Hicklin 7 pass to JaRyan Jennings (Ard kick)
RUSHING - Rock Hill: Arthur Heyward 5-3, Savion Thoms 6-23, Corey Wessinger 4-(-3), Dre Williams 11-29, Jonathan Adam 2-9. South Pointe: Diami Gilmore 21-92, Jennings 2-(-9), Hicklin 10-60, Jalen Massey 1-2, Dominique Ferguson 2-(-1).
PASSING - Rock Hill: Wessinger 5-9-35-1; Williams 5-12-39-0. South Pointe: Hicklin 1-5-7-0.
RECEIVING - Rock Hill: Kirob Sims 1-6, Trey Murdock 4-55, Heyward 3-6, Joe Perry 1-2, DeBreon Crockett 1-5. South Pointe: Jennings 1-7.
RECORDS - South Pointe 3-1; Rock Hill 3-1.