The South Pointe Stallions passed one of the big regular-season games on Friday and stayed on top of the S.C. Prep Writers' Poll Class AAA poll with a 17-7 win over No. 3 Fairfield Central.
But it doesn't get any easier for the 7-1 Stallions in trying to run the table in Region 4-AAA play and holding onto to their No. 1 state ranking. South Pointe hosts Chester, a 6-2 team not to be ranked in the Top 10 this week, on Friday.
Chester, 6-2, is led by senior quarterback Tony McNeal, who has committed to Clemson. And while the Cyclones are certain who will take the snaps, there is uncertainty at South Pointe.
Starter Tay Hinton was ejected in the second quarter at Fairfield Central, and unless an appeal is made and arrived, he'll sit out this week's game. With Hinton banished, Stallions coach Bobby Carroll turned to cornerback Devin to drive the team home.
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Pearson struggled at times, but threw a dart into the hands of Montay Crockett for a crucial 25-yard TD in the final quarter.
The other big game unfolds on Friday night at District Three Stadium, where Class AAAA's number 2 team, Northwestern, hosts No. 9 Clover.
Northwestern, 8-0, is led by record-setting quarterback Justin Worley, who is rewriting the state's passing records and has committed to Tennessee.
Clover, 7-1, is also led by its quarterback, Aaron Miller. He's a runner, does his damage with his feet instead of his arm.
1. Dorman (1); 2. Northwestern (2); 3. Goose Creek (3); 4. Greenwood (5); 5. Summerville (4); 6. Gaffney (6); 7. Irmo (8); 8. North Augusta (7); 9. Clover (10); 10.Byrnes (9).
1. South Pointe (1); 2. Myrtle Beach (2); 3. Belton Honea Path (4); 4. Greenville (5); 5. Fairfield Central (3); 6.Berkeley (7); 7. Marlboro County (NR); 8. Camden (8); 9. Bluffton (9); T10. Wade Hampton (10); T10. Clinton (6).
1. Dillon (1); 2. Central (2); 3. Timberland (3); 4. Silver Bluff (5); 5. Mid-Carolina (7); 6. Manning (4); 7. Woodland (8); 8. Lake City (6); 9. Palmetto (T9); 10. Strom Thurmond (NR).
1. Williston-Elko (1); 2. Bamberg-Ehrhardt (3); 3. Hemingway (4); 4. Abbeville (6); 5. Calhoun County (2); 6. Lamar (5); 7. Scott's Branch (7); 8.Christ Church (8); 9.Blackville-Hilda (10); 10.Johnsonville (9).
The S.C. Prep Writers' Poll is compiled by The State with voting by Cam Huffman-Aiken Standard, Adam Regan-Anderson Independent Mail, Justin Jarrett-Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet, Bob Castello-Greenville News, Shane Bowen-Myrtle Beach Sun News, Matt Anderson-Greenwood Index-Journal, Barry Byers-Rock Hill Herald, Kevin Melton-Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Mark Holmes-Allendale Sun and Akilah Nelson-The State.