High School Sports

Wild Stallions

South Pointe's Pete Roseboro causes Lower Richland's Harold Poole to fumble in the second quarter.
South Pointe's Pete Roseboro causes Lower Richland's Harold Poole to fumble in the second quarter.

Lower Richland was celebrating last week after beating Dreher 35-21 and breaking a 32-game losing streak.

Friday night, the Diamond Hornets spent most of three quarters trying to figure out how to stop South Pointe tailback Devin Wherry. It didn't happen, and Wherry showed a new running style while leading the Stallions to a 35-6 victory.

At 6-foot, 215 pounds, Wherry is built more like a fullback and runs straight on with power on most carries. The difference is he has tailback speed.

At District Three South Stadium, Wherry showed the Diamond Hornets he could make cuts like a tailback.

"Our game plan was for me to find a hole, then cut either left or right because Lower Richland plays a 4-3 defense,'' Wherry said. "My coaches said when I got through the line to cut because the middle would be wide open.

"My offensive line made the holes. I ran through them and made the cuts to the open zones. We're 2-0. We expect to be 3-0 next week.''

Wherry had 22 carries for 175 yards and three touchdowns. He could have easily gone over 200 yards and likely would have scored again if he hadn't given way to his backups most of the final quarter. South Pointe ended the night with 325 yards rushing.

South Pointe made it look easy, scoring two quick touchdowns in the opening quarter. The Stallions won the toss and elected to receive. After Mark McCullough returned the kickoff 33 yards, South Pointe went 59 yards in five plays and scored on a 38-yard run by quarterback Stephon Gilmore.

The Stallions held the Diamond Hornets to a three-and-out and took over at their 44. South Pointe went 56 yards in four plays, starting with Wherry's 44-yard run on first down and ending when he bulled in from the 1. The Stallions went up 14-0 on Graham Tuttle's conversion.

"Devin is a beast,'' South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll said. "He's a pure power runner, and he's hard to tackle.

"This time last year, we were 1-1, and we're 2-0 now. We live by the motto of Tony Dungy: 'No excuses. No explanations.' There's no better team to model yours after than the Indianapolis Colts.''

South Pointe's defense played well, completely shutting down Lower Richland's ground game and forcing the Diamond Hornets to pass. Lower Richland had 23 carries for 2 yards. Ten plays went for negative yardage.

Lower Richland quarterback Nicholas Smith connected on 11-of-25 passes, the biggest coming late in the first half. Smith lofted the ball down the right sideline to Willie Smith, who leaped over South Pointe defensive back Mike Gaither in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown catch.

"Other than the blown coverage we had on that touchdown play, our defense did a good job,'' Carroll said. "We only had one video on them (LR), and we usually have three on teams we play. Our defensive coaches went with what we saw, same as the offense coaches, and got our kids ready to play.''

Lower Richland missed the PAT but went into the second quarter trailing only 14-6 with a fighting chance. But South Pointe had Wherry, who wasn't about to let this one slip away.

Wherry scored on a 27-yard run late in the half, giving the Stallions momentum and a 20-6 lead going into the break.

Dontae Aldridge recovered a Lower Richland fumble late in the third quarter on a dropped snap on a punting situation. On first down from the 2, fullback Harold White blasted into the end zone.

Midway through the final quarter, Wherry came back in for one last play. He took a handoff at the Diamond Hornets' 1 and went over the right side standing up for the final TD.

"Our goal was to give 100 percent and get the shutout,'' White said. "We told our offense to put points on the board and we'd keep the other team from putting any on the board. We didn't shut them out, but we played well.''

South Pointe 35

L. Richland 6

Northwestern 14, Spartanburg 0

Rock Hill 38, Fairfield Central 18

South Pointe 35, Lower Richland 6

Clover 34, Forestview (N.C.) 0

Hartsville 69, York 35

Fort Mill 15, Lewisville 7

Great Falls 48, Nation Ford 6

Chester 52, Indian Land 0

Crestwood 40, Lancaster 7

Jireh Prep (N.C.) 34, Westminster Catawba 7

-- Stories on pages 2D, 3D