GREENWOOD, SC- After hosting the first two rounds of the Division II, 4A State Playoffs, the No. 3-seeded Greenwood Eagles will travel to South Pointe to take on the Stallions, with a State Championship berth on the line.
The major question mark leading into Friday is the health of senior signal caller Evin Sims, who was knocked out of Greenwood’s 34-32 win over North Augusta. The Eagles’ quarterback suffered an apparent concussion midway through the third quarter of last week’s contest. If he is unavailable, Thomas Turner and Kaleb Chalmers will see time with the first team offense. Turner went 3-8 for 55 yards in the absence of Sims against North Augusta.
“He (Sims) is going to the doctor today (Wednesday) to get checked out,” Greenwood Head Coach Gene Cathcart said. “We are preparing as if he’s not going to play (Friday). If he is able to play, then it will be a luxury. If he can’t, then we will hopefully be able to go down there and get things done, in hopes that he can play the following week.”
The Eagles potent double wing offense, putting up 38.4 points per game, will have to contest with an athletic Stallions defense, giving up just over 11 points per game. The Stallions are led on defense by junior defensive tackle Zeek Rodney.
“He (Rodney) is very quick and athletic,” Cathcart said. “They (South Pointe) talk a lot about he is one of the fastest kids on their team. It will be a test for our offensive line.”
The Eagles defense, allowing just 11.1 points per game, will have to contain quarterback Devin Pearson, a North-South All-Star game selection. Pearson led offense is scoring just over 35 points per game.
“They have a very athletic, mobile quarterback,” Cathcart said. “A lot of spread teams run a one back offense, but they are sort of a spread team with a two back offense, because of how well he (Pearson) runs it. It will be a challenge for our football team.”
As the Eagles are just one game away from their third consecutive Division II, 4A State Championship game appearance, Cathcart explained that keeping things simple will be key Friday night.
“You do have to game plan for certain difference makers at this stage of the season,” Cathcart said. “At the same time, we have to worry about preparing for South Pointe as a team. They have to worry about preparing for Greenwood as a team. When you’re playing the day after Thanksgiving, every team left is a very good team.”