Monday, December 15, 2008

South Pointe named area's top team

Rock Hill South Pointe, which last week won the S.C. 4A Division II championship in its third season, was named High School Football Team of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Sports Authority.

The unbeaten Stallions (15-0), coached by Bobby Carroll, defeated rival Rock Hill Northwestern 35-14 in the title game at Clemson. The award is presented to the team that best exemplifies hard work, dedication, perseverance and sportsmanship.

South Pointe is No. 3 in the national poll, No. 4 in Massey national rankings and No. 6 in the national poll. The Stallions outscored opponents 617-84.

Mike Mistler of the Charlotte Regional Sports Commission will make the trophy presentation on WBTV’s “Football Friday Night” at 11:30 p.m. Friday.

South Pointe is the first S.C. school to win in the award’s 12-year history.

Previous winners:

2007: Mt. Pleasant
2006: Independence
2005: Independence
2004: Charlotte Catholic
2003: Charlotte Latin
2002: Independence
2001: Unionville Piedmont
2000: Independence
1999: Butler
1998: Vance
1997: Kannapolis Brown

-- Cliff Mehrtens