ROCK HILL — South Pointe’s playmaker and its playmakers came though as expected and held on to beat the Irmo Yellow Jackets 17-10 in the season opener for both teams Friday night at District Three South Stadium.
The playmaker was Stallions quarterback Devin Pearson. South Pointe’s offense had been sluggish the entire second half and one of the teams had to make something happen to win the game, which was tied at 10 late in the final quarter.
The playmakers, who played defense like a herd of charging bulls, sacked Irmo quarterback Grant Davitte, and South Pointe’s Justin Hart fell on the ball at the Yellow Jackets’ 23.
Pearson kept the ball around the left side on second down and broke the tie on a 20-yard touchdown run with a little more than five minutes left.
There was still time for Irmo to tie the game or win it with a 2-point conversion. Irmo got two shots while holding South Pointe to a three-and out.
But on the final Irmo possession, the Stallions sacked Davitte three times for 23 yards and forced a pair of incomplete passes.
South Pointe held Irmo to 62 rushing yards and sacked Davitte eight times.
South Pointe was cruising along with a 10-0 lead late the second quarter and had not allowed Irmo to cross midfield.
But a bad punt took care of that. It was partially blocked and Irmo took over at the Stallions’ 28.
The Yellow Jackets wanted to make sure they didn’t leave empty handed. So Irmo coach Bob Hanna called a trick play on first down, a double pass.
Davitte took the snap and made a move along the line. He stopped and threw the ball behind him to the other side of the field, a lateral fired like a pass.
Trey Suber caught the ball and looked to the right sideline, where Andre Jamison was streaking all alone toward the end zone. Suber hit him on the button, and Jamison ran into the end zone to tighten the game.
South Pointe scored on 20-yard field goal by Logan Ard after taking the opening kickoff, and the Stallions made it 10-0 on a 5-yard run by C.J. Pendergrass.
Irmo tied the game at 10 in the second half on Ben Hinson’s 41-yard field and that was it until the final five minutes.
|South Pointe||3||7||0||7||– 17|
SP – Logan Ard 20 FG
SP – C.J. Pendergress 5 run (Ard kick)
I – Andre Jamison 28 pass from Trey Suber (Ben Hinson kick)
I – Hinson 41 field goal
SP – Devin Pearson 20 run (Ard kick)