A week after becoming the first quarterback since Gainesville’s Deshaun Watson to beat Buford (Ga.) on its home field, Derion Kendrick accomplished another impressive feat.
The Clemson commit led South Pointe to a 25-0 shutout of Shelby (N.C.) on Friday night, ending Shelby’s streak of 26 consecutive victories.
The Clemson Insider was on location in Rock Hill, S.C., to watch Kendrick as part of our Tour of Champions and caught up with him afterward.
“It was a tough game,” Kendrick said. “A lot of big plays. Our defense did an outstanding job keeping our offense going.”
One of those big plays came in the waning moments of the second quarter, when a 26-yard touchdown pass from Kendrick gave South Pointe a 13-0 lead and momentum heading into halftime.
Kendrick then helped the Stallions take control early in the third quarter, throwing a 68-yard bomb to extend their lead to 19-0.
Overall, Kendrick completed 18-of-23 passes for 241 yards and the two scores.
“That pass gave the offense some momentum going into the half,” Kendrick said. “We came back out, our defense played how we usually play, and our offense executed.”
The week before against Buford, Kendrick totaled 324 yards of offense and four touchdowns as he handed the opponent its first home defeat since 2012.
Kendrick has starred all season as South Pointe’s signal-caller, but as good as he is at quarterback, his future at Clemson is at a different position.
The outstanding athlete will become a member of “Wide Receiver U” when he arrives on campus next year, and he is looking forward to catching passes from five-star Clemson commit Trevor Lawrence at the next level.
While Kendrick shined on Friday, so did Lawrence. The Cartersville (Ga.) quarterback paced his team to a 41-7 win over Cedartown with 326 yards passing and four total touchdowns, including one rushing score.
Kendrick believes he and Lawrence will be a problem for opposing defenses.
“It’s going to be an A-team,” Kendrick said of the future tandem. “I know he’s a good thrower, a good runner, so whatever he can do to get the ball in my hands, it’s going to be trouble.”
Kendrick is currently Clemson’s lone commitment at receiver in the 2018 class. He pledged to the Tigers back in January following a visit to Clemson for its junior day.
Kendrick most recently returned to Tiger Town for Clemson’s victory over Auburn on Sept. 9. The experience made him even more eager to get on campus full time and begin his college career.
“It’s crazy,” Kendrick said of the atmosphere in Death Valley. “It’s a warm feeling at heart, knowing that you’re going to be there next year and you’re going to be going through the same thing.”