COLUMBIA - South Pointe's defense returned four Spring Valley turnovers for touchdowns, rolling to a 52-0 win and keeping its region season spotless.
The victory, coupled with Rock Hill's 50-21 demolition of Blythewood, set up an in-city showdown for the Region 4-A championship.
"This is what we've been looking for," South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll said. "You know, this is the fourth year of our program playing varsity football and we're going into next week looking for our second straight region title.
"Our defensive coaches work their butts off and they really do some hard work. It showed tonight."
Except for running back Ce-Ce Jones, South Pointe's offense sputtered throughout the first half. Quarterback Corey Rawls only connected on three of his first 10 passes and the Stallions (8-2, 4-0 Region 4-A) ran 32 offensive plays in the first two quarters.
Yet they led 38-0 at halftime.
Spring Valley quarterback Dwayne Duckett hit Tommie Doxie with a quick strike to the sideline on the game's first play. Doxie was hit, the ball bounced up and directly into the arms of Corey Neely, whogalloped to the end zone.
On the first play of the second quarter, Duckett was rushed and threw an emergency outlet to the flat. The receiver was open butManzey Miller leaped in front, snared it and took off for a 30-yard touchdown.
The Vikings (2-8, 0-4) were undone again three plays later. Austin Hill took over for Duckett and faced the same pressure, so he threw toward a man on the streak. It was just a little off the mark.
But Jeremy Massey intercepted it while running with the receiver. He cut a wide U-turn, then blasted back across the field and into the end zone for another return.
Spring Valley managed to get through two more
three-and-out series before South Pointe struck again. After Hill twice hit Tobias Young on lengthy passes to set up at the Stallions' 28, he was got off a hasty throw against the rush.
Seeking Young in the corner of the end zone, all Hill saw was Neely intercept at the 3. The sophomore quickly turned, danced through the remnants of the Vikings' offensive line and hit the sideline for a 97-yard score.
"I saw my feet were still in-bounds so I just kept running," Neely said. "We're ready for Rock Hill. I feel good about it."
South Pointe 10 28 0 14 - 52
Spring Valley 0 0 0 0 - 0
SP - Corey Neely 28 fumble return (Landon Ard kick)
SP - Ard 29 FG
SP - Manzy Miller 30 interception return (Ard kick)
SP - Jeremy Massey 36 interception return (Ard kick)
SP - Ce-Ce Jones 3 run (Ard kick)
SP - Neely 97 interception return (Ard kick)
SP - Raphael Ratliff 17 run (Ard kick)
SP - Ta Hicklin 13 run (Ard kick)
First downs 16 6
Rushes-yards 36-222 12-19
Passing 43 124
Comp-Att-Int 4-12-1 12-21-3
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 9-4
Penalties-Yards 2-20 3-20
RUSHING -South Pointe: Ce-Ce Jones 19-103; Corey Rawls 7-45; Raphael Ratliff 5-65; Ta Hicklin 4-(-4); Dominique Fergerson 1-13. Spring
Valley: Randall Lawyer 3-(-9); Dwayne Duckett 5-10; Baylen Blocker 1-0; Austin Hill 2-(-17); Kadrick Thompson 1-35.
PASSING - South Pointe: Rawls 4-12-43-1. Spring Valley: Duckett 6-11-18-1; Hill 6-10-106-2.
RECEIVING - South Pointe: Hicklin 1-12; Jones 1-13; LaKeenan Mobley 1-3; JaRyan Jennings 1-15. Spring Valley: Tommie Doxie 1-8; Lawyer 1-(-7); Tobias Young 6-67; Leroy Coad 2-54; Chris Brown 2-2.