Spartanburg rolled past Rock Hill 30-14 to spoil the Bearcats' Homecoming on Thursday at District Three Stadium.
The loss also dims the Bearcats' hopes of grabbing a playoff spot in Region 3-AAAA. Rock Hill has not missed the postseason since 1981.
If the playoff streak is to continue the Bearcats must find a way to stop Clover's running attack next week, which is something it struggled to do against Spartanburg.
Vikings quarterback Adrian Kollock and tailback Deshawn Sims each ran for 118 yards. Kollock had a pair of touchdowns and Sims added another.
The Vikings took the opening drive 68 yards before the Rock Hill defense was able to apply the brakes.
Kollock led Spartanburg to the 7-yard line. It was then the Bearcats clamped down and limited the Vikings to a 20-yard field goal after Sims failed to reach the end zone on three straight running plays. Michael McNeely's field goal gave Spartanburg the early lead and the Vikings never trailed.
Much like its defensive start, the young Bearcats offense sputtered out of the gate and was forced to punt after picking up only 12 yards on its first drive. The Vikings answered with a clock-chewing 13-play drive that led to a second score, but it wasn't without a bit of drama as the Bearcats appeared to stuff Kollock for no gain on a 4th-and-1 at the 39. A generous spot gave the Vikings a first down and a few plays later Kollock sprinted 16 yards straight up the middle for the score to put Spartanburg ahead 10-0.
The Bearcats settled in on the ensuing possession and answered with an 11-play, 71-yard drive, led by Corey Wessinger. The junior quarterback was an impressive 3-for-3 on the drive for 38 yards. His third strike was an 18-yard toss to Jamel Jones in the corner of the end zone to draw the Bearcats to within three at 10-7 with 5:25 left in first half. The drive nearly ended twice, but Rock Hill converted on both of its fourth down attempts to keep the drive alive.
After forcing the Vikings to a three-and-out, Rock Hill coach Joe Montomgery decided to again go for it on fourth down. The passback play went for a 9-yard loss and gave Spartanburg excellent field position with 1:25 left in the half.
"We show periods of being a good football team," said Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery. "But when we hit that adversity we don't pick back up and overcome that adversity. That's the young part of the football team. We don't have a lot of seniors and that's what happens."
Rock Hill was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty that extended Spartanburg's drive. On the next play, Kollock floated a pass into the end zone for Daquan Fuller who adjusted his route and snagged the touchdown reception in front of two Bearcats defenders.
Wessinger, who finished with a very efficient 11-for-13 passing performance for 113 yards, added his second touchdown pass, a 28-yard strike to Dre Williams with 6:56 left in the third quarter.
Spartanburg added another score late in the fourth and the deficit was too much for the Bearcats to overcome.
Rock Hill must win its final two games against Clover and Northwestern to make the playoffs.
ROCK HILL 14
S - Michael McNeely 20 yard FG
S - Adrian Kollock 16 run (McNeely kick)
RH - Jamel Jones 18 pass from Corey Wessinger (Micah Burklin kick)
S - Deshawn Sims 38 run (kick failed)
RH - Dre Williams 28 pass from Wessinger (Burklin kick)
S - DaQwan Fuller 6 pass from Kollock (McNeely kick)
RUSHING - Rock Hill; Wessinger 7-(-9), Arthur Hayward 13-49, Jonathan Adams 6-18, Jamaih Fowler 2-3, Joe Perry 2-21. Spartanburg: Kollock 19-118, De'Shawn Sims 20-118, Jesse Mack 3-9.
PASSING - Rock Hill: Wessinger 11-13-112-0, Dre Williams 1-1-(-9)-0. Spartanburg: Kollock 7-8-76-0.
RECEIVING - Rock Hill; Hayward 1-12, Jones 3-35, Wessinger 1-(-9), Williams 3-32, Trey Murdock 3-31, Daniel Foster 1-2. Spartanburg: Fuller 3-37, Arland Woodruff 1-7, Team 1-19, Daquan Brown 2-13.
RECORDS: Spartanburg 4-5 (1-2 Region 3-AAAA); Rock Hill 2-6 (0-3)