Opinion

South Pointe is perfect

Perfection. That says it all about the South Pointe Stallions' football season.

South Pointe was unbeaten through the regular season, through the playoffs and, finally, in the state champion-ship game against crosstown rival, Northwestern. The Stallions have not just won, they have dominated teams, allowing only 101 points the entire year.

That includes the 14 points scored against them Friday night in the title game, which they won 35-14, bringing home the Class AAAA Division II state trophy. And South Pointe's football program is only three years old.

Northwestern also had an outstanding season, demolishing most opposing teams. The Trojans' only loss during the regular season was to the Stallions, and Northwestern was relishing the rematch Friday.

But a few costly Northwestern mistakes -- mistakes South Pointe capitalized on -- spelled the Trojans' fate. Northwestern didn't score until the final quarter, and by then, it was too late.

Hats off to South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll, who came from Northwestern in 2005 to build the Stallions' football program from the ground up.

"This is a great end to a dream season," Carroll said Friday. "To beat your rival twice in the same season, the second time for a state championship, shows the character of our players and assistant coaches."

Another local team came up disappointed in state championship play. The Chester Cyclones fell to the Myrtle Beach Seahawks, 31-21, on Saturday in the Class AAA finals. This is the second year in a row the Cyclones have made it to the finals, returning as runners-up both times.

But Chester had a great season overall. The Cyclones finished the year 11-4, and the team has young talent that will return next year.

Northwestern and Chester may take little consolation now from coming so close to a state title. But both had a great ride, and the players from these teams are not likely to forget this season anytime soon.

Meanwhile, congratulations to South Pointe for what can only be described as a perfect season.

IN SUMMARY

Runners-up Northwestern and Chester also had seasons they won't soon forget.

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