The nationally ranked Newberry football team's linebacking crew has a Rock Hill flavor. Three of the four starters are graduates of either Rock Hill High School or Northwestern.
Stewart Good, an outside linebacker, and Mike Grase, an inside LB, are out of RHHS while another outside linebacker, Chris Reed, is a Northwestern graduate. All are redshirt juniors and have started the Indians' first two games.
Good, a 5-foot-10, 203-pounder, has five tackles, including one for loss. Grase, a 5-10, 225-pounder, has eight stops, one for loss.
Reed (5-10, 218), has seven tackles (two for loss) half a sack, one interception, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
Former Lewisville High School standout Clifford Crockett is a starting defensive back for the Indians. Other area players on the roster are defensive linemen Jamell Gaines (Northwestern), Andre Clark (Rock Hill), Josh Stinson (Chester), quarterback Chad Smith (Fort Mill); defensive back Kamaal McIlwain (Indian Land) and linebacker Jareth Bailey (Buford).
Indians opponents are averaging only 88.5 yards rushing and 60 yards passing a game. The Indians (2-0) outscored their first two opponents 108-7, beating Chowan 67-0 and Bowie State 41-7.
Coach Zak Willis' team is ranked No. 12 in the D2Football.com media poll, NCAA Division II American Football Coaches poll and Don Hansen's Football Gazette Division II poll.
The Indians visit North Greenville at 7 p.m. today.
• TENNESSEE STATE: Former South Carolina quarterback Antonio Heffner is the starting signal-caller for the Tigers.
In two games, Heffner has completed 33-of-61 passes for 405 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 96 yards on 20 carries.
The 6-2, 195-pound junior played at USC in 2005 before transferring.
• WINTHROP: Former Eagles pitcher Heath Rollins won his second game in the South Atlantic League playoffs when he led Columbus to a 5-2 victory over West Virginia earlier this week.
Rollins, an 11th-round pick of Tampa Bay in the 2006 draft, went six innings, yielded six hits, walked two and struck out four.
The game was the first of the best-of-five SAL championship series.