South Point remains unbeaten
If it wasn’t for two interceptions by junior Michael Lewis, the outcome could have been different. Lewis got his first interception inside the Red Raiders' 10-yard line early in the third quarter. He got his second one late in the fourth quarter that sealed the deal 35-21 in favor of the Red Raiders.
Aaron Crumbley put the Red Raiders on the board first with a short touchdown run. The Green Wave would respond with a 83-yard Ryan Gordon run to give the Green Wave a 7-6 lead. FB Jordan Toomer would extend the lead with a six-yard run and the Green Wave was up 14-6. Aaron Crumbley would get the Raiders back in it with a one-yard plunge into the end-zone. A Desmond Lowery would tie the game with a two-point conversion.
The Green Wave got the ball first in the second half and drove deep into South Point territory. However, the Green Wave would make a mistake that would come back to haunt them. QB Gabe Beverly threw a pass intended for WR Jheranie Boyd only to have South Point’s Michael Lewis pick it off and go 81 yards for the touchdown. South Point then took a 21-14 lead. The Green Wave would tie it on their next drive with a Beverly 33-yard pass to Boyd.
The fourth quarter was all South Point as the Red-bone offense was clicking on all cylinders and the defense would not let the Green Wave get a drive going. South Point’s Desmond Lowery helped the Raiders regain the lead with a nine-yard touchdown run. Ashbrook’s Gabe Beverly would throw one up for grabs with less than three minutes to go and Michael Lewis came up with his second interception return for a touchdown on the night.
“You play hard and you take opportunities.” said South Point coach John Devine “He (Lewis) did that. Good things happen to those who expect them.”
As for the game itself, Devine said “It was a big test. It brings you to a point where games matter. You got to win these kind of games to get to the big games. There are no big games before Thanksgiving.”
Devine also commented on the brutal schedule they got in the last four weeks. The Red Raiders travel to Forestview next week, then host Latin, then they are on the road again as they travel to North Gaston and they close the regular season at home against Crest.
The Green Wave, however, plays a slightly less rigorous schedule to close out the season. The Green Wave plays host to East Gaston and Forestview in back-to-back weeks. They then have their bye week and close out their season at Hunter Huss.
The Red Raiders have not started 7-0 since 1999. The finished off the regular season undefeated at 11-0, but lost in the second round of the playoffs to Ragsdale 17-16.