Foxes fall to South Pointe
By Coach Jimmy White
For the second year in a row the Hartsville Red Foxes faced the South Pointe Stallions for the 4-A state championship. Last year the Stallions defeated the Red Foxes for their third consecutive state championship, and their fifth overall since 2008. Once again the Stallions proved that they are the best team by defeating Hartsville 38-14 in a dominating performance.
The Foxes fall to 13-2 while South Pointe finished 15-0 as the fifth ranked team in the country. The Foxes tried to pull off an onside kick to start the game, and while they recovered the ball officials ruled it did not travel the required 10 yards. With great field position the Stallions quickly moved down field as QB Derion Kendrick scored on an 11 yard run.
Potter added the PAT and the Foxes trailed 7-0 with only 2:14 off the clock. After Hartsville was forced to punt the Stallions quickly moved 57 yards for another score as Kendrick threw a 14 yard TD pass to Scott Robinson. The extra point was good and the Foxes trailed 14-0 with 2:02 left in the first quarter. The Red Foxes got on the board with a 14 play, 61 yard drive that ended with an A.J. Joyner four yard run.
Caleb Caldwell added the PAT and Hartsville trailed 14-7. The Stallions answered quickly with a 66 yard drive that ended with a Marice Whitlock one yard run. The PAT by Potter put South Pointe up 21-7 as the half ended. After stopping the Foxes on their first drive in the third quarter the Stallions moved down the field behind the running and passing of Kendrick to add another score when Ty Good caught a two yard pass from Kendrick making it 28-7.
Once again Hartsville was unable to move the ball and a bad snap to the punter gave South Pointe the ball on the Foxes’ 19 yard line. One play later Kendrick connected with Whitlock for another score and the Foxes trailed 35-7. The fourth quarter saw Potter add a 23 yard FG and the Stallions led 38-7.
With 1:19 left in the game Dariyan Pendergrass scored on a two yard run and Caldwell’s PAT made the final score 38-14. The Bizzell’s Offensive Player of the Game was Collins Bishop as he had nine carries for 39 yards and did a great job blocking. The Bizzell’s Defensive Player of the Game was LB Kevon Haigler who had eight tackles and a sack. Despite the loss the Foxes had a great season, finishing 13-2. With a young team this was a credit to Coach Calabrese and his excellent staff. Congratulations Red Foxes.