For the third time in the last four years, Hartsville will meet South Pointe with a state championship on the line.
South Pointe has captured three consecutive titles. In 2014, the Stallions defeated Hartsville 21-7. That was followed by a 51-28 win last season in the Class 4A game.
The Stallions look as potent as ever. They are ranked fourth nationally by USA Today and have won 25 straight contests, the longest streak in the state. It's up to Hartsville head coach Jeff Calabrese to figure out a way to beat the machine.
"It's a big, tall order for us, but man, we need to relish in the opportunity," he said.
"We have a chance to go up against arguably the top team in the state of South Carolina with a chance to win the game. That's exactly how we're going to play it and we'll give it our best shot. That's all we got."
Hartsville quarterback A.J. Joyner has seen South Pointe up close in those title games.
"We do have a chip on our shoulder," Joyner said.
"We're going to go out there and try to prove everybody wrong. They are the top dogs right now. They've won it, what, three years in a row. We just have to go out and do what we do."
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