South Pointe H.S. QB accused of selling pot

Credit: York County Sheriff's Office

Davonta Blake


by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on October 2, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 6:20 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The starting quarterback of a local high school football powerhouse is now an accused drug dealer.

Rock Hill Police say 17-year-old Davonta Blake not only sold marijuana at South Pointe High School Tuesday afternoon, but confessed to having an even bigger stash at his house.  He's now charged with six counts of drug possession and distribution.

Investigators say someone saw a student holding marijuana and reported that student to school officials.  Police say upon questioning, that student identified Blake as his dealer.

Police questioned Blake and found seven packages of marijuana stored in a prescription bottle.

Then, police say Blake confessed to having more marijuana at home. A search of the house found a dozen baggies of marijuana in his bedroom.

"He lived in the weight room. That's why this whole situation is a big shock. I never saw it coming.  If you put 100 people lined up, he'd be the last on the list you'd think this would happen to. That's the type of guy he is," said Blake's longtime friend and neighbor Kaleb Hemphill, who also played football at South Pointe.

Three of the six drug charges against Blake are more serious due to the locations of the alleged offenses: at school and near a city park a stone's throw of Blake's house.

"Both of those just add onto the seriousness of the case," said Rock Hill Police Captain Mark Bollinger.

Bollinger doesn't know how long Blake has allegedly been selling drugs at the school.

"It would appear to me it wasn't his first day," Bollinger said.

"He shouldn't be doing it period, but it's really bad he got caught doing it at school," Hemphill said.

Blake is suspended from school and is off the team. He has a school hearing coming up to determine if he'll ever be able to come back.

Blake appeared before a magistrate Wednesday morning and bonded out of jail in the afternoon.