High School Sports

Northwestern, Rock Hill preparing for rivalry football ticket stampede

As the countdown to Friday continues, the folks at Northwestern and Rock Hill high schools want to make sure there are no long lines at the ticket booths.

Northwestern hosts Rock Hill at 8 p.m. at District Three Stadium. Tickets ($7 each) will go on sale at both schools beginning Thursday.

Northwestern will sell tickets in its cafeteria from 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Rock Hill will sell tickets on the same days at the same times in the school's A Building.

This game is special for several reasons, as if any extra incentive was needed.

Northwestern is in the playoffs and will get a top seed. Rock Hill needs to win and have several other teams win or lose to earn enough points for an at-large bid. If the Bearcats lose, they still have a slim chance at getting in.

It's also the last time for at least two years the Trojans and Bearcats play in the final game of the regular season. Rock Hill, along with South Pointe and Lancaster, was realigned into Region 4-AAAA starting next season. Northwestern and Rock Hill will play in the third week of the season at least until the next realignment.

Don't forget about bragging rights for next year. These two old rivals have played since 1972, some years in the regular season and in the playoffs. Rock Hill has a 22-20 edge in the series.

• TRI-COUNTY: Chester wrapped up the Region 3-AAA championship with a 32-24 win over Fairfield Central last week and took three awards at Tuesday's Founders Federal Tri-County Football Coaches Association meeting in Richburg.

Gene McCaskill, announced as a North-South selection Monday, was voted offensive player of the week, Jeremy Price offensive lineman and Michael Walker defensive player. They were chosen in the Class AAA/AA/A Division.

In the Class AAAA Division, Northwestern quarterback Will King got another plaque for offensive player of the week after leading the Trojans to the Region 3-AAAA championship with a 41-18 win over South Pointe.

There was a tie in the division between Lancaster's Eric Patterson and York's Brian Hughes for defensive lineman of the week.

• IRON MAN: Fort Mill's Jared Shaw recently added another award to his collection.

Shaw was named the Army Iron Man of the Week for South Carolina. The award goes to a player that plays offense and defense. The award was for Week 9.

In Fort Mill's 17-3 win over Rock Hill, Shaw had 65 yards receiving on three catches, rushed for 10 yards on two carries, tossed a two-point conversion, made seven tackles and had four interceptions.

• CROSS COUNTRY: The state cross country meet is Saturday at the Clemson/Sandhills Research Park in Columbia.

The meet begins with the Class A boys at 9 a.m. and runs through to the Class AAAA boys at 12:30 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

There are several local favorites in the Class AAAA division.

Fort Mill's boys are the defending state champions, but have lost two straight meets to rival Northwestern. The Trojans were state champions in 2004 and 2005.

The Fort Mill girls will challenge for the team championship.

Three area girls will be in the mix for individual championships. Northwestern's Mary Kate DuBard has run the best time in the state this year and is the favorite. Rock Hill's Hannah Robinson and Fort Mill's Tiayonna Blackmon also have a shot at the title.

In the Class AAAA boys race, Fort Mill's Mark Blackmon and Clover's Mick Francis should be near the front of the pack.

• VOLLEYBALL: Lewisville's Jerrica Massey was selected to play in the Volleyball All-Star Game Nov. 17 at Lander University.

Massey, named to the North AA/A squad, was the only Herald-area player chosen. Players must be seniors.

• PLAYOFFS: Westminster Catawba football coach Mike Scurlock said his Indians will face SouthLake (N.C.) Christian in the first round of the Carolinas Private Christian Schools playoffs Friday. The Indians will travel to Huntersville, N.C., and kick off at 7:30 p.m. SouthLake beat Westminster Catawba 56-6 earlier this season.

Audio interview: Barry Byers interviews Northwestern coach Jimmy Wallace and Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery about Friday's game.