South Pointe

South Pointe 2016 schedule

August: 19 at Northwestern; 26 Nation Ford

September: 2 Rock Hill; 9 at St. Frances Academy (Towson University); 15 Mallard Creek  (Thursday); 23 Open; 30 Ridge View

October: 7 Westwood; 14 at Lancaster; 21 Richland Northeast; 28 at York

Scheduling blues

Scheduling isn't easy at South Pointe. 

There aren't many schools willing to square up to the state's youngest football power, a program with four state titles in just 10 years. Thus, Strait Herron's team will travel to Maryland - though that trip has yet to be entirely finalized - and also play North Carolina's youngest perennial power, Mallard Creek, with a short week of preparation.

The 2016 schedule is typically tough, especially for a team that was hit pretty hard by graduation. The non-region slate will either make or break the defending state champs in advance of a tough region run that includes budding rivals York and Lancaster.