ROCK HILL — The Union County Yellow Jackets football team fell short of the Upper State championship in Friday night’s game at South Pointe.
The Yellow Jackets’ playoff streak ended Friday with a loss to South Pointe — the defending 3A state champions — in a final score of 27-12.
Friday night’s game began with South Pointe fumbling the opening kickoff and the Yellow Jackets recovering the ball. Union County scored with a 25-yard field goal, giving the Yellow Jackets a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Union County was forced to punt, and South Pointe scored on the next play with a 95-yard touchdown pass, giving South Pointe the 6-3 lead. Union County answered with Curtis Johnson kicking a 31-yard field goal, tying the game. Then, late in the half, South Pointe scored another touchdown and missed the PAT, giving them a 12-6 lead going into halftime.
The score remained until midway into the third quarter when South Pointe intercepted a pass for a touchdown and two-point conversion, giving South Pointe a 20-6 lead.
Union County scored a 75-yard touchdown late into the fourth quarter, narrowing South Pointe’s lead to 20-12. Then, South Pointe scored another touchdown with less than five minutes left in the game. With three minutes left in the game, a Yellow Jacket pass was tipped and picked off, sealing the Upper State Championship win for South Pointe.
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