Kendrick stole the show Friday night, sending South Pointe to another state title game
Derion Kendrick put on a show Friday night, again showing why he is not only the top-ranked player in South Carolina but also one of the nation’s best.
The Clemson commit scored a whopping seven touchdowns for South Pointe High (Rock Hill, S.C.) as he led his team to a 67-21 victory over Greer High in the Class 4A Upper State championship game.
The Clemson Insider was on location at Greer for the game as part of our Tour of Champions and caught up with Kendrick, who totaled more than 400 yards of offense. He ran determined throughout the contest, finishing with 162 yards rushing on 14 carries (11.6 average) and five rushing touchdowns.
“I was just motivated and ran the ball hard, kept my feet moving at all times, and it got me far this game,” Kendrick said.
Kendrick completed 16-of-21 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. The four-star prospect tossed a 46-yard touchdown pass and ran for two more scores in the first eight minutes of the contest.
Kendrick’s touchdown total would have been eight instead of seven had the referees not blown the play dead on one of his runs in the second quarter. Kendrick squirmed through a few defenders and found the end zone, but the officials ruled that his knee was down in the field of play.
“I felt that I wasn’t down, and I kept running,” Kendrick said. “They blew the whistle when I was stepping foot over the end zone, and I was just wondering why they wouldn’t call it in even though I wasn’t down.”
It didn’t matter in the end, as South Pointe (14-0) cruised to its 25th straight win. The Stallions will play for their fourth straight state championship Dec. 2 against Hartsville.
“I’ve got to capitalize on it,” Kendrick said of the opportunity to win another title, “and finish the season out right.”
Win or lose, it will be Kendrick’s final game before he suits up in a Clemson uniform.
The future Tiger will sign his national letter of intent in December and enroll early at Clemson in January.
“It’s a stress reliever,” Kendrick said of finishing out his recruiting process. “I’ve been wondering what college I was going to go to since I was younger, and now it’s that time, so I just have to take advantage.”
Kendrick committed to Clemson in January over offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina and others. Kendrick, who will be a wide receiver at Clemson, is ranked as a top-100 overall prospect in the 2018 class.