Wherry leads Stallions past Cougars

And Devin Wherry was sick all week?

What's he going to do when he's completely healthy -- pass it to himself, score the touchdown and kick the extra point?

"I had a little cold," Wherry said moments after rushing for 122 yards and a touchdown in South Pointe's 38-19 romp over York on Friday. "A little sinus infection. It cleared up tonight."

No kidding.

Wherry charged through the Cougars' line for runs of 24 and 38 yards, dragging several white jerseys with him, and led the Stallions to another win and the clincher for an intriguing setup. South Pointe plays Region 3-AAAA leader Northwestern next week in a game that's likely to decide the region champion and a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

"We've been taking it week by week, but it's a big game," Wherry said. "Our coach came from there, so we really want to beat them."

Coach Bobby Carroll said Wherry's close to 100 percent and credited the tailback for his physical style. He blamed himself for not practicing in shoulder pads last week -- there's been too many banged-up Stallions already -- but said Wherry answered the call when he needed too.

Wherry responded simply.

"No one man can take me down," he said. "That's my motto."

The Stallions (8-1, 4-1 Region 3-AAAA) didn't come by it easily. The resilient Cougars (3-6, 1-3) matched South Pointe big play for big play in the first half before Wherry and quarterback Stephon Gilmore shouldered the load.

Once those two got in motion, the game turned. South Pointe's defense came up with several stops, and the Stallions rolled into their dream matchup.

"There's a prize next Friday night these boys are looking towards," said Carroll, a former Northwestern assistant. "We've fought through so much adversity, and we're 8-1 now."

The game began with a bang as the teams combining for six touchdowns among the first seven possessions. But once York took its only lead after recovering a botched punt, the Stallions took over.

It only took two plays for South Pointe to regain the lead, as Wherry blasted through York's defense for 38 yards and Gilmore finished with a 25-yard jaunt to the end zone. The Stallions scored another touchdown -- Wherry pinballing off four tacklers for an 11-yard scamper -- and let the defense take over.

The Cougars valiantly hung in but were undone by some strange plays. Quarterback Adrion Crawford threw two touchdowns, but a bad snap landed at his feet late in the third quarter, and before he could reach down, South Pointe's Dontae Aldridge was cradling it.

York got back into the game when South Pointe's Charles Holmes took a screen pass and streaked to the 5-yard line with no resistance. Eddie Peters never gave up on the play, though, and stripped Holmes at the 5 for a touchdown-saving fumble.

Fortune didn't smile too brightly -- two plays later, Crawford's pass was tipped by Harold White into the arms of Pat Burris, who rumbled 14 yards for a South Pointe touchdown.

Trailing 35-19, Crawford tried to lead the Cougars downfield, but a bullet pass was intercepted by Pete Roseboro. Roseboro tucked and ran for daylight, but Crawford stuck with him, stripped the ball at the 10 and recovered.

Fleeced out of two touchdowns by York's never-say-die spirit, the Stallions regrouped and shut down the Cougars' last-ditch drives. The horn went off, and South Pointe began looking ahead to a potential Region 3-AAAA title -- in only its third year of existence.

"A little of this was my fault in the first half," Carroll said. "We didn't practice in shoulder pads last week, not one single solitary day. We've been so banged-up here lately. We're just proud we're 8-1."



South Pointe.....8.....14.....13.....3.....--.....38


SP — Stephon Gilmore 9 run (Devin Wherry run)

Y — Charlie Mobley 58 pass from Adrion Crawford (Pass failed)

SP — Breon Jackson 35 pass from Gilmore (Graham Tuttle kick)

Y — Adriane Kirkpatrick 56 run (Matt Guempel kick missed)

Y — Richard King 5 pass from Crawford (Guempel kick)

SP — Gilmore 25 run (Tuttle kick)

SP — Wherry 11 run (Tuttle kick)

SP — Pat Burris 14 interception return (Tuttle kick missed)

SP — Tuttle 31 FG



First downs.....13.....12



Passing yds.....129.....113

Fumbles lost.....5-2.....4-2



RUSHING — York: Adriane Kirkpatrick 16-111, Bryce Dudley 6-17, Adrion Crawford 7-27, Taylor McSwain 1-6, Chamair Cowan 1-0, Quastin Walker 1-5. South Pointe: Devin Wherry 14-122, Stephon Gilmore 9-76, Bobby Hemphill 1-3, Kaytron Peoples 1-(-1), Raphael Ratliff 1-3, Dentrial Jackson 3-0 PASSING — York: Crawford 11-29-129-3, Quention Wright 0-1-0-0. South Pointe: Gilmore 5-13-113-0, Corey Rawls 0-1-0-0

RECEIVING — York: Charlie Mobley 2-68, McSwain 2-10, Richard King 1-5, Kirkpatrick 1-10, Wright 2-9, Joseph Goins 1-7, Daniel Dixon 2-20. South Pointe: Laterious Duncan 1-17, Charles Holmes 2-58, Breon Jackson 2-38

RECORDS — York 3-6, 1-3 Region 3-AAAA; South Pointe 8-1, 4-1