ROCK HILL — The fans might have liked it when South Pointe and Blythewood combined for 40 points in the first quarter of Friday’s Week 1 contest, but Stallions coach Strait Herron wasn’t among those enjoying the fun.
South Pointe straightened out and held the Bengals scoreless in the second half en route to a 47-24 win.
“I don’t know if we came out so pumped up in the first half that we lost our adrenaline,” Herron said. “But our front really exploded in the second half.”
The teams combined for 555 total yards in the first half, which started with that wacky first quarter.
Blythewood’s Javon Smith threw a 42-yard strike for a touchdown to Lynard Jamison on the first play from scrimmage. Smith later threw a 28-yard touchdown to Deyon Grayer on the last play of the quarter.
“That’s a really good Blythewood team,” Herron said. “We knew we were going to have a challenge.
South Pointe, meanwhile, took advantage of three highlight-reel touchdowns. Marveon Mobley jumped an out route for an 82-yard interception return for a score. Trae’von Hinton added a second “pick-six” on Smith’s next pass.
Tay Blake topped it off with a 90-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Johnson. South Pointe led 23-17 after one quarter, one in which Smith and Blake combined for 320 passing yards.
“I was man coverage,” Johnson said of the long-distance touchdown. “I saw the safety cheat over the middle and went and got the ball.”
Kyle Dix added his second field goal at the 9:07 mark, but Blythewood’s Anthony Peak returned the ensuing kick 85 yards for a score. Bengals linebacker Darrin Ransome added a goal-line interception, and South Pointe held a 26-24 lead at halftime.
The Stallions dominated the second half. Zeek Rodney’s sack in the third quarter provided solid field possession, and Blake made good with a 14-yard touchdown run on a keeper for a 33-24 lead.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Blake lobbed a fade to Johnson, who made a leaping catch for a 30-yard score and 40-24 advantage. Vinny Emanuele’s 6-yard TD run put the finishing touches on the win.
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B—Javon Smith 42 pass to Lynard Jamsion (Greg Huegel kick)
SP—Kyle Dix 33 field goal
SP—Marveon Mobley 68 INT return (kick failed)
SP—Trae’von Hinton 36 INT return (Dix kick)
B—Huegel 30 field goal
SP—Blake 90 pass to Anthony Johnson (Dix kick)
B—Smith 28 pass to Deyon Grayer (Huegel kick)
SP—Dix 27 field goal
B—Aaron Peak 85 kick return (Huegel kick)
SP—Blake 14 run (Dix kick)
SP—Blake 30 pass to Johnson (Dix kick)
SP—Vinny Emanuele 6 run (Dix kick)
SWANSEA 48 PELION 6
At Swansea, Clay Lucas passed for 151 yards and three touchdowns, and Travis Loadholt rushed for 110 yards and another score on nine carries as Swansea rolled.
Lucas finished 9-of-10 passing for the Tigers. Chris Brunswick led the Swansea defense with 9 tackles.
S—Johnathan Sutton 1 run (Arthur Myers kick)
S—Chance Walker 19 pass from Clay Lucas (kick failed)
S—Myers 38 FG
S—Craig Johnson 55 pass from Lucas (Myers kick)
S—Sutton 11 run (Myers kick)
S—Nick Tompkins 36 pass from Lucas (Myers kick)
S—Devin Johnson sack for safety
S—Travis Loadholt 13 run (Myers kick)
P—Ervin Green 1 run (kick failed)
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE 39, CHAPIN 24
At Batesburg, Batesburg-Leesville’s Rickie Smith rushed 28 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns, and Terrence Wilson added 120 yards rushing and a touchdown on 11 carries to lead the Panthers.
Wilson also return a kick 88 yards for a score.
For Chapin (0-1), Matt Charpia completed 25 of 37 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a pair of scores.
Batesburg-Leesville (1-0), plays at Brookland-Cayce next week.
BL — Rickie Smith 8 run (kick failed)
BL — Jacquiel Chandler 1 run (Terrance Wilson, run)
C — Nate Blankenship 19 pass from Matt Charpia (kick failed)
BL — Wilson 88 kickoff return (Alexander Caughman, kick)
C — Blankenship 18 pass from Charpia (pass failed).
C — Charpia 2 run (kick failed)
BL — Quay Tolen 6 run (kick failed)
BL — Wilson 29 run (kick failed)
C — Charpia 1 run (pass failed)
BL — Smith 3 run (kick failed).
GILBERT 43, A.C. FLORA 41
At Gilbert, Zach Kilgore booted a 22-yard field goal as time expired to lift Gilbert.
The kick spoiled a fourth-quarter rally by A.C. Flora. Trailing 40-28 entering the final quarter, JuWan Simon scored on a 62-yard run to cut the lead to five with 11:49 to go. With 1:03 remaining in the game, A.C. Flora took the lead on 39-yard scoring pass from Brendan Greene to Denzel Johnson.
Johnson finished with 171 yards and three touchdowns on four catches, and Greene was 9-of-10 for 223 yards passing, three touchdowns and one interception. Simon tallied 113 yards on the ground with two scores while Aven Pollard added 144 yards on the ground.