Stallions Claim Fourth Straight State Title

Maddie Taylor and Vy Mai

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On Dec. 2, the South Pointe Stallions won the football game against the Hartsville Red Foxes in the State Championship. Williams-Brice Stadium was filled with a sense of revenge from the Red Foxes after losing to the Stallions in the state final twice out of three years. The stadium was filled with black, red, and grey, ready to see the Stallions compete for their fourth state championship ring in a row.

In the beginning of the game, South Pointe dominated over Hartsville leading at the end of the first quarter with a score of 14-0. In the second quarter, neither side was able to score a touchdown and was at a standstill. It wasn’t until the final minutes of the first half when Hartsville scored, putting the score at 14-7. This put fire under the Stallions right before the half. Coming out of halftime and into the rest of the game, the Stallions had control, putting up a total of 35 points on the board while Hartsville only had 14 points.

The Stallion defense was able to keep the total amount of points for Hartsville low because of key players, such as DL Jalen Pickett-Hicks. Hicks was able to come off of a week of no practice, due to injury, and start in the state game.

DL Jalen Pickett-Hicks fights off the opponent.

Hicks states, “The whole week, I got mental reps. I was just watching film to learn their schemes.”

This shows that the Stallion defense is able to keep a spark alive despite setbacks. The defense’s determination to keep Hartsville from scoring is what helped their win.

Not only was South Pointe’s defense able to put on a show, the offense proved once again that they are a force to be reckoned with. The quarterback keepers and the strong force in Running Backs Marice Whitlock and Joe Ervin kept the Stallions in front after halftime.

RB Marice Whitlock runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown.

“This win meant a lot to us because a lot of people doubted us and thought we couldn’t make it. We wanted to prove that we’re the best time in South Carolina,” said Whitlock.

The exposure to success, this year, is going to drive the success in the years to come.

Ervin states, “Next year, we just want to keep up the Stallion tradition of winning state five in a row.”

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