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Police: South Pointe High quarterback charged with selling pot at school

By Jonathan McFadden
    South Pointe hosts Fort Mill Sept. 27, 2013. South Pointe's quarterback Davonta Blake looks to pass as Fort Mill's Jessie Horine defends.

ROCK HILL South Pointe High School’s starting quarterback was arrested Tuesday afternoon before classes were dismissed for the day after officials learned he had been selling marijuana at school, police say.

Davonta Blake, 17, faces six total drug charges after police and school officials found him with marijuana at school and in his bedroom at home, said Rock Hill police spokesman Mark Bollinger.

He will not play in South Pointe's game against rival Northwestern High School on Friday, said Rock Hill schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker.

It was unclear Tuesday evening how school administrators discovered that Blake had illegal drugs on him while at school, Bollinger said. But administrators searched him and found seven wrapped packages of marijuana in a large prescription pill bottle, Bollinger said.

School officials also learned that Blake had sold pot to another student on Tuesday, Bollinger said, but it's unclear how much he sold, the weight of the pot or how much he charged for the drugs.

School officials notified the school's resource officer, and Blake was taken into custody.

A joint investigation between the Rock Hill Police Department and the county's multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit began, Bollinger said. Authorities executed a search warrant for his Mays Court home and found in his room a Mason jar filled with 12 baggies. He lives in Rock Hill's College Downs neighborhood, which boasts its own community park.

He is charged with: two counts of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute; possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute in proximity to a school; possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute in proximity to a park; distribution of marijuana; and distribution of marijuana in proximity to a school.

Blake was taken to the York County Detention Center, where he was awaiting a bond hearing Tuesday night.

Penalties for students caught possessing and selling drugs on school grounds can be "severe," said Baker, the schools spokeswoman. The penalties range from suspension to recommendations for expulsion.

Blake was arrested at the high school, Baker said, before classes had dismissed for the day.

Efforts to reach Stallions football coach Strait Herron were unsuccessful Tuesday evening.

Blake, a senior, has rushed 49 times for 254 yards and four touchdowns this season. He’s also thrown for 912 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Stallions, 4-1, play top-ranked and undefeated Northwestern on Friday at South Pointe High School.

Herald sports writer Bret McCormick contributed to this report
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