South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll called his team's nonconference schedule "a mouthful" before the season.
The last bite fittingly took a little longer to get down.
The Stallions survived an overtime thriller against Spartanburg on Friday, pulling out a 14-13 win at Wofford College's Gibbs Stadium in a game televised on ESPN2.
"It was a hard schedule but we knew what to expect," South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said. "We have some bumps and bruises, but we're good."
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South Pointe (4-1), ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, took a 14-7 lead in overtime on Jalen Massey's three-yard touchdown run, and forced Spartanburg (2-3) into a fourth-and-goal from the 17. Vikings' quarterback Adrian Kollock lofted a touchdown pass to DaQwan Fuller, and Spartanburg coach Freddie Brown opted to go for two.
Stallions' linebacker JaRyan Jennings applied the pressure, and Kollock's desperation heave fell incomplete.
"We knew they were going to the jump ball," Carroll said. "They had Jadeveon blocked, but JaRyan was able to get pressure from the other side. They have a tall receiver back there; we were fortunate to get a hand on it."
The overtime scoring matched regulation, which featured hard hitting and nasty defense on both sides.
The Stallions opened the game with six straight running plays and faced a fourth-and-4 from the Vikings' 34-yard line.
Carroll used a time out to dial up the perfect play. Quarterback Tay Hicklin faked a toss to Montay Crockett, took two steps to the right, and heaved the ball back to Crockett, who wheeled down the left sideline for a 34-yard score.
"It was a bootleg, and we knew where the pressure was coming," Carroll said. "(Tay) made a great throw, and there was a great catch. It was beautiful execution."
South Pointe forced a three-and-out, and on the Stallions' first play, Hicklin tried his luck downfield again. Spartanburg's Daquan Brown hauled in the interception, however, and weaved through a host of Stallions for an 89-yard touchdown.
The teams traded possessions - and missed opportunities - in the second quarter, but still treated fans with a series of nominees for "ESPN's Top 10 Plays."
South Pointe's Corey Neely returned a punt 52 yards with help from a peel-back block by James Jackson, who knocked the helmet off of Evan Ledford's head in the process, but the Stallions lost a fumble on the next play.
Spartanburg drove to the South Pointe 15-yard line with help from a 27-yard, one-handed grab by Tryricus Rankine, but the Stallions snuffed the drive when Gerald Dixon sacked Kollock. That led to a missed field-goal attempt, and the score remained tied at halftime.
"The first thing our coaches tell us is to never give up," Dixon said. "Me being a leader, I had to tell the other guys to go hard. We didn't let up."
The Vikings opened the second half with a 15-play drive that reached the Stallions six-yard line, but Dixon had another tackle for loss to set up second-and-goal. Kollock looked for Rankine on a fade to the end zone, but South Pointe's Marquis Cunningham skied for the interception.
Spartanburg threatened again early in the fourth quarter, but Albert Hughes recovered a fumbled pitch for the Stallions with 10:16 remaining. The Vikings fumbled again on their next drive, this one recovered by Jackson at his own 44- yard line with 6:35 remaining.
Massey ran five straight times for 18 yards, and a facemask penalty gave the Stallions first-and-goal from the six. Spartanburg held, however, and Terry Stewart blocked Landon Ard's 20-yard field-goal attempt with 2:32 remaining to set up overtime.
South Pointe opens Region 4-AAA play at home against Fort Mill on Friday.
SOUTH POINTE 14
SPARTANBURG 13 (OT)
SP - Montay Crockett 34 pass from Tay Hicklin (Landon Ard kick)
S - Daquan Brown 89 interception return (Michael McNeely kick)
SP - Jalen Massey 3 run (Ard kick)
SP - DaQwan Fuller 17 pass from Adrian Kollock (Conversion failed)
RUSHING - South Pointe: Hicklin 4-7,JaRyan Jennings 8-37, Crockett 8-9, Massey 14-44. Spartanburg: DeShawn Sims 15-77, Tyquane Garner 14-34, Rodshon Murphy 2-9, Kollock 13-(-3).
PASSING - South Pointe: Hicklin 4-12-78. Spartanburg: Kollock 9-19-117.
RECEIVING - South Pointe: Crockett 3-62, Keith Harris 1-16. Spartanburg: Tyricus Rankine 2-35, Garner 2-20, Daqwan Fuller 3-27, Arland Woodruff 2-29.
RECORDS: South Pointe 4-1; Spartanburg 2-3