The excitement on the home side of York Comprehensive High School's football stadium on Friday night hung like a cloud that refused to be blown away.
The atmosphere stayed that way through a quarter. As quick as York looked like it was capable of giving No. 1 South Pointe a run for its money, the Stallions again showed off their big-play offense and scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter for 35-7 lead at the half that grew to 56-7 by the final horn.
South Pointe ended the regular season 9-1 overall and 5-0 in Region 4-AAA. The playoffs pairing will not be official until today, but it appears the Stallions will host Eastside next Friday in the first round. York's season ended at 3-7,1-4.
The anticipation was high, starting with the introduction of York's seniors. Former York player and South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll had returned home to coach against his his son, York sophomore quarterback Spencer Carroll.
And the subplot was just as interesting - who South Pointe would start at quarterback after backup Devin Pearson ran like a stallion in last week's 55-17 win over Chester.
He was starting his first game in place of Tay Hicklin, who served a one-game suspension for being ejected the previous week.
Pearson got the start and again shined.
A high snap sailed over Carroll's head on the game's fourth play and South Pointe recovered at the Cougars' 20. The Stallions scored on Malik Jamerson's 1-yard plunge and the lead moved to 7-0 on Landon Ard's PAT.
York responded on first down, with Carroll firing a bomb down the right sideline to Tony Thomasson who outran defender Corey Neely for an 80-yard touchdown.
"When we scored on the big play, I was thinking this was going to be a close game, a great game,'' Spencer Carroll said.
"They scored again before the end of the first quarter, but we weren't thinking 14-7 was bad and that the game would turn the way it did.
"But South Pointe exploded, just as they have all season. We should have made it close but we kept giving them the ball in good field position.''
The beginning of the end of York's first season under coach Mike Propst took on the look of a surgical strike. South Pointe broke the tie on the only carry of the game by All-America defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, a stand-up 2- yard run
SOUTH POINTE 56
SP - Malik Jamerson 1 run (Landon Ard kick)
Y - Tony Thomasson 80 pass from Spencer Carroll (Caleb Shuford kick)
SP - Jadeveon Clowney 2 run (Ard kick)
SP - Devin Pearson 8 run (Ard kick)
SP - Montay Crockett 6 run (Ard kick)
SP - Tay Hicklin 36 pass from Pearson (Ard kick)
SP - JayRyan Jenning 6 run (Ard kick)
SP - Jaylen Massey 1 run (Corey Rebh kick)
SP - Brandon Barber 6 run (Rebh kick)
RUSHING - South Pointe: Pearson 13-102, Crockett 8-32, Logan Yard 1-3, Massey 3-31, Jamerson 14-124, Jennings 4-13, Clowney 1-2, Ard 1-17, Hicklin 3-8, Barber 1-46. York: Cor'Tavious 3-1, Lee Wright 9-73, Carroll 8-22, Andarius Sanders 1-10, Garrett Smith 1-3.
PASSING - South Pointe: Pearson 5-8-113-0. York: Carroll 5-13-134-2.
RECEIVING - South Pointe: Barber 1-30, Massey 2-43, Hicklin 1-36, Jennings 1-4. York: Aziellee Smith 1-8, Thomasson 3-123, Wright 1-3.
RECORDS: South Pointe: 9-1, 5-0. York: 3-7, 1-4.