Championship week

Looking on the bright side, Rock Hill fans of high school football can't lose tonight. No matter who wins, one local team will come home with a state champion-ship.

The South Pointe Stallions will square off against the Northwestern Trojans at 8 p.m., at Clemson's Memorial Stadium for the Class AAAA Division II state championship. While both are in Division II, they are on different sides of the bracket, making this showdown possible.

This has been a matchup brewing all season. Both Northwestern and South Pointe are powerhouses.

Northwestern is 13-1 after demolishing Lancaster, 45-14, last week in the playoffs. The Trojans' single loss this year was at the hands of the Stallions.

South Pointe is unbeaten going into the title game, knocking out Laurens last week, 55-17. The Stallions have allowed only 87 points all season.

Tonight's championship should be an outstanding game. While only one team will bring home a trophy, this has been a phenomenal season for both, and the word "loser" will not apply, whatever the result.

Meanwhile, in the Class AAA title game, we're pulling for the Chester Cyclones. They take on Myrtle Beach at 6 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Stadium.

This is the second straight year that the Cyclones have appeared in the state championship. They lost to Wilson last year, but are 11-3 going into the title match with an average of 406 yards offense per game through the playoffs.

As with the two Rock Hill teams, this has been an outstanding season for Chester, no matter what happens Saturday. The team has been formidable throughout the season, and we hope the Cycs top it off with a state trophy.

Meanwhile, local football fans couldn't ask for much more.