South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll's one-word description for the first quarter was, "horrible."
Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said matter-of-factly, "It's the worst game we've played since I've been here."
Maybe that's the trick to being the top-ranked team in the state.
Back-to-back defensive scores by Clowney and Tay Hicklin ignited a 28-point second quarter and helped the Stallions wrap up a 49-6 win against Eastside in first-round Class AAA playoff action at District Three South Stadium on Thursday. South Pointe (10-1) faces the winner of Daniel (6-4) and Clinton (7-3) on Nov. 12.
Why was everyone so upset?
Eastside (2-9) milked seven minutes, 26 seconds off the clock on its opening drive after a series of quick-fire passes by quarterback Chandler Miller. The Eagles' drive stalled at South Pointe's 17-yard line. Eastside ran 15 plays, but had no points to show for it.
"I'll take complete blame for that," Carroll said. "We came out flat against a 2-8 team."
The Stallions answered in seven plays, and JaRyan Jennings vaulted past the pylon for a 13-yard touchdown. Malik Jamerson added a two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
"They had a lot of the momentum," Jennings said. "We knew we had to come back and score a quick touchdown. ... I just smelled the end zone."
Jalen Massey scored on a 4-yard touchdown on the third play of the second quarter, but South Pointe's next drive ended after an interception by Eastside's Sylvester Willingham.
Perhaps Willingham should have dropped the ball.
Clowney recovered a fumble in the end zone on the next play for a touchdown. On the Eagles' very next play, Tay Hicklin intercepted an errant pass and sprinted 33 yards for another score.
Two plays. Two defensive touchdowns. Clowney still wasn't happy.
"We have to practice harder," Clowney said. "We played lazy tonight. Like I said, it's the worst game we've played since I've been here."
Quarterback Devin Pearson's 31-yard strike to Keith Harris set up a 1-yard score by Jamerson in the final minute for a 36-0 halftime lead. Corey Neely opened the second half with a 67-yard kick return to the 10-yard line, and Jennings scored on the next play.
Eastside ended the shutout bid with an 18-yard pass from Miller to Seth Greer with 6:31 left in the third quarter. South Pointe's Garrick Mackey closed the scoring with a 18-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Carroll later joked that winning by such a large of margin and being ticked off is "kind of crazy," but he issued a stern warning for his team in the post-game huddle.
"If you play like that next week, it's over."
South Pointe 49, Eastside 6
SP - JaRyan Jennings 13 run (Malik Jamerson conversion)
SP - Jalen Massey 4 run (Landon Ard kick)
SP - Jadeveon Clowney 13 fumble return (Ard kick)
SP - Tay Hicklin 33 interception return (Ard kick)
SP - Jamerson 1 run (Ard kick)
SP - Jennings 10 run (Kick failed)
E - Chandler Miller 18 pass to Seth Greer (Kick failed)
SP - Garrick Mackey 18 run (Corey Rebh kick)
Passing-Yards;10-24-1, 138 yards;2-5-1, 40 yards.
RUSHING - Eastside: Miller 8-6, Andrez Corbin 14-3, Diamante Sullivan 3-19. South Pointe: Devin Pearson 8-34, Massey 9-48, Jamerson 10-38, Jennings 3-36, Montay Crockett 4-39, Ja'Naris Chisholm 2-26, Mackey 2-20, JaColvin McCoy 1-1, Marquis Cunningham 1-5, Dominique Fergerson 3-6, Logan Yard 2-9, Brandan Barber 1-10.
PASSING - Eastside: Miller 10-24-1, 138 yards. South Pointe: Pearson 2-5-1, 40 yards.
RECEIVING - Eastside Seth Greer 4-97, Jack Fossing 3-23, Wesley Bright 2-12, Corbin 1-6. South Pointe: Keith Harris 1-31, Jamerson 1-9.
RECORDS: Eastside 2-9; South Pointe 10-1.