High School Sports

Northwestern hammers Yellow Jackets

Northwestern was able to stop Fort Mill's offense all night long.
Northwestern was able to stop Fort Mill's offense all night long.

The sixth and final quarter of The Herald Jamboree pitted Northwestern against intra-county rival Fort Mill. By the time the final period kicked off, fans at District Three Stadium had witnessed more than five hours of South Carolina's best prep teams knocking heads.

If fans stuck around, they may have seen the cream of the crop with the Trojans, who pummeled Fort Mill 28-0 and extended the cumulative score to 103-26 in favor of the home team, shattering the record of 76 points by the home team in 1993.

The improvements to the District Three Stadium impressed spectators, but the new scoreboard could not keep up with the Trojans' offense. On Northwestern's fourth touchdown, the Trojans surpassed triple digits and the scoreboard reset.

It took less than a minute for the Trojans to break the record. Jarrett Neely nearly broke the opening kickoff for a score, returning the ball to 48 yards to midfield. Three plays later, Justin Worley found a wide-open Octavius Sherer streaking down the middle for a touchdown.

The touchdown established a pattern that had to have Trojan fans excited for the upcoming season. Northwestern lost to Byrnes in the Upper State finals a year ago, and as evidenced with their performance in the Jamboree, look poised to make some noise in 2008.

In the first quarter, Northwestern simply looked unstoppable. Sherer's touchdown was the first of four for the Trojans during the period, including two by senior Cordarrelle Patterson.

For his first score, Patterson split two Yellow Jacket defenders and out-sprinted another for a 36-yard score.

Fort Mill fumbled two plays later and Northwestern took little time converting the error into points when Worley found Patterson for an easy 23-yard touchdown.

Neely added the final score on another touchdown pass from Worley. Neely's score came with 40 seconds remaining in the first period, and thankfully for Fort Mill, it was the final score of the evening.

Northwestern backup quarterback Stewart Hunt played the majority of the final period, as Northwestern coach Jimmy Wallace gave his backup players valuable experience.

It was just that kind of night for Fort Mill. The Yellow Jackets gained 17 yards on 19 carries and lost four fumbles. The Jackets advanced into Trojan territory just once, and failed to score.

Both teams are off Friday before beginning the season on Aug. 29, when Northwestern hosts Goose Creek and Fort Mill travels to Chesterfield.

Off the field, York Compressive picked up the Spirit Trophy for the visitors, after showing up at the stadium at 10 a.m. to decorate their side with black and white streamers. South Pointe picked up the trophy for the home side.