Blocked PAT gives Stallions win over Cycs

Chester's Brent Minter avoids a tackle by South Pointe's Kaytron Peoples.
Chester's Brent Minter avoids a tackle by South Pointe's Kaytron Peoples.

This one came down to special teams. South Pointe blocked Chester's extra point kick with 4:29 to go in the second quarter to preserve a 7-6 win.

South Pointe scored on its first possession, a 12-play drive that started at its own 9-yard line. Devin Wherry bashed through the goal line from a yard out and the PAT gave the Stallions a 7-0 lead. Quarterback Stephon Gilmore had runs of 13 and 18 yards on the drive.

Chester, without three starters, including quarterback Tony McNeal, took advantage of good field position in the second quarter. The Cyclones started at the Stallions' 35.

Backup quarterback Tevin Worthy completed two passes on the scoring drive. His second throw found speedy wide receiver Devin Jackson cutting across midfield. Jackson raced to his right and down the sideline for a 20-yard touchdown.

South Pointe's Pat Burris and Pete Roseboro charged through Chester's line to block Marshall Whitesides' PAT attempt.

Stallions coach Bobby Carroll told his team after the game that it made a thousand mistakes and still won.

"This football team thinks they should win every game 70-0. They don't understand yet that they have a bull's-eye on their chest. Teams are gonna give us their best game every week," Carroll said.

Chester played for a state championship last year. It showed it was not afraid to throw the ball downfield out of new coach Maurice Flowers' spread offense.

The Cyclones, playing without starters McNeal, right guard Quintin Griffin and outside linebacker Deshawn Walker, felt good about the results.

"We respect South Pointe. They have outstanding athletes and a great coaching staff," Flowers said.

"I came into a good situation here. We've been to a state championship. We don't fear anyone. The defense gave up just one score. I'm happy to go toe-to-toe without some of our key components."

McNeal, Griffin and Walker will all be ready for Chester's season-opener on Friday, according to Flowers.

The Rock Hill area got its first look at South Pointe's Devonte Holloman, who played for Charlotte's Independence High School last year. He is coveted by many major colleges, although he's headed to Clemson.

Holloman didn't disappoint with two interceptions on the night.

"The guys work hard. It is a close-knit group," Holloman said. "The defense was trying to help the offense tonight."

Both of Holloman's interception returns were called back by holding penalties.

"We had too many penalties. But that's why it is good to play in the Jamboree. We can make some mistakes and go to work correcting them," Carroll said.