2017-08-11 / Sports

Indians get the (South) Pointe

Stallions score three times in first six plays vs. Indians
By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

South Pointe looked the part of a 3-time defending state champion - especially at the beginning of its scrimmage Wednesday against Gaffney.

A big crowd gathered at The Reservation to watch the scrimmage that also included Clover and Mauldin.

The Stallions scored on their first, third and sixth play from scrimmage before the Indians regrouped and posted three scores in the much-anticipated match-up.

The Stallions scored twice on the run-pass option plays by taking advantage of the Indians’ defensive scheme.

After that, the Indians settled in and bottled up the Stallions.

“You play a team that you don’t have film on and you don’t see,” Gaffney co-defensive coordinator Randy Birch said. “We got out of that defense (against the run-pass option) and we settled down.”

Birch said the Indians would have employed a different defense if the Indians had time to prepare for the Stallions.

The Gaffney defense also was more effective in stopping Clover and Mauldin.

After the game, Gaffney coach Dan Jones hinted that he would make some personnel changes on defense.

One change will be to move Shannon Rodgers from outside linebacker to the defensive line.

There were some bright spots on defense, including defensive lineman Anthony Burris, linebacker Tae Sullivan and safety/backer Quez Smith, who had a big pick against Clover.

During the South Pointe scrimmage, defensive leader Hunter Decker injured his groin and was held out of the remainder of the action as a precaution.

Offensively, the story continues to be the play of sophomore running back Kelvin “Peanut” Kirby.”

Despite his small frame (5-6, 150-pounds), Kirby constantly flashes his big-play ability.

Kirby had two touchdown runs against Clover and one against Mauldin.

After the game, Jones praised all his running backs.

“We have some backs,” Jones said. “We have a stable of backs.”

Tomario Phillips, Reggie Harris and Adam Lemmonds all caught TD passes.

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