High School Sports

History again for Stallions

Clover running back Chris Douglas, left, congratulates Blue Eagles wide receiver Jontavious McCoulley after a big play in their 40-21 win over Gastonia Ashbrook last Friday.
Clover running back Chris Douglas, left, congratulates Blue Eagles wide receiver Jontavious McCoulley after a big play in their 40-21 win over Gastonia Ashbrook last Friday.

Bobby Carroll didn't know how to handle the news Monday.

Should he tell his South Pointe football team before or after practice that it was ranked for the first time in school history?

The Stallions are No. 8 in this week's Prep Writers Poll, voted on by writers from the state's McClatchy papers: Steve Wiseman (The State), myself, David Hale (Beaufort Gazette), Jeff Kidd (Hilton Head Island Packet), Josh Hoke (Myrtle Beach Sun News) and Jason Gilmer (Spartanburg Herald-Journal).

It's not The Associated Press poll, which comes out this afternoon, but it's a start.

"The first time; this is great,'' Carroll said. "Ranking are rankings, but this is good for us. If I tell my guys before practice, I know they'll get after it (Monday).

"If you play teams like Irmo and win, you get recognition from around the state. We have some good teams coming up, so we'll see over the next four weeks if we have earned this.''

South Pointe, in its second year of varsity ball, was 3-8 last year. With everyone back except two players, big things are expected this season. The Stallions' 13-10 win over Irmo was a good start.

Clover is No. 6 in Class AAAA.

In Class AAA, Chester made a big jump to No. 3. Lewisville fell out of the Class A poll and Great Falls moved in at No. 10.

The poll with points based on order of voting:

• BIG: Can you believe the early numbers?

Clover (2-0) is off and running in its variation of the wing-T offense, which is more of a double-wing set. In two games, the Blue Eagles have run for 755 yards and scored 33 points

It wasn't too many years ago when it was a big deal when a runner passed the 100-yard mark in the game. These days it's common -- the numbers have gone up and there are teams such as Clover that put two over the mark each week.

In Clover's first game, Ricky Moore had 119 yards and Chris Douglas 107. Last Friday, Steven Sanders ran for 179 yards.

In one of the bigger upsets of the week, South Pointe used a punishing ground attack and beat Irmo. The Stallions ran for 401 yards, getting 178 from quarterback Stephon Gilmore and 169 from tailback Devin Wherry.

Chester quarterback Gene McCaskill, who is headed to Kentucky to play wide receiver, ran for 155 yards in a 30-14 win over Lewisville.

It's also happening in the air.

After re-adding the stats and with help from Steve Kirby, who does Northwestern's stats, the final passing yards for Will King last week counted up to 372 yards. His top receiver was Labris Adams, with six catches for 120 yards.

In another stunner, Westminster Catawba played its first game in three seasons and knocked off Richard Winn 32-20. Indians quarterback Evan Andert passed for 281 yards, 120 to wide receiver Chris Burt.

Add York quarterback Adrion Crawford, who passed for 109 yards and two TDs.

• CHANGE: Northwestern has played three overtime games the last two years and is 2-1.

Last season, the Trojans opened with a 20-19 win over Country Day in three overtimes and four weeks later beat North Augusta 66-59 in five OTs.

Last week, Northwestern opened with Country Day and lost 51-48 in four overtimes, spoiling the re-debut of Trojans coach Moose Wallace.

Schools in our state settle ties with the Kansas City shootout format. After a coin toss, the teams get four plays each to score from the 10. The teams switch ends of the field after each OT, and the one that had the ball last gets it first on a new series.

Northwestern and Country Day matched touchdowns and extra points on the first three OTs. Northwestern had the ball first in the fourth OT and missed a field goal. Country Day sent kicker Thomas Cavalaris in for a field goal on first down and he nailed it from 26 yards and won the game.

In my opinion, it's a flawed system.

If the score is tied after the first overtime, do one of two things. Move the ball back five yards on each extra period or make the teams go for two-point conversions after touchdowns the rest of the way.