Rock Hill South Pointe high school football coach Strait Herron is one of six finalists for the 2017 U.S. Army All-American high school football coach of the year.
The winner will be announced Friday, Jan. 5, one day ahead of the annual U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio.
Herron led the Stallions to their fourth straight S.C. state title two weeks ago, beating Hartsville 38-14. South Pointe has won 20 straight playoff games.
▪ Two Observer-area stars are up for the national player of the year. Shelby linebacker Dax Hollifield and South Pointe QB Derion Kendrick are among six players being considered for the national award that has previously been won by two area stars – Independence High QB Chris Leak and Charlotte Catholic RB Elijah Hood.
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Kendrick was named S.C. Gatorade player of the year Tuesday.
U.S. Army All-American high school coach of the year finalists
Strait Herron, Head Coach, South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, SC
Gabe Infante, Head Coach, St. Joseph’s High School, Philadelphia, PA
Eric Kaperowicz, Head Coach, Pine-Richland High School, Gibsonia, PA
Mike Kirshner, Head Coach, Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis, IN
Bruce Rollinson, Head Coach, Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, CA
Patrick Surtain, Head Coach, American Heritage School, Plantation, FL