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By: Anthony Perkins


Belmont – South Point fullback Tyler Bray needed just over 100 yards to set a school career rushing record and he got half of those yards on the first snap from center when he broke off a 56 yard run for a touchdown.  Bray would not claim the new rushing record until late in the second quarter when he got into the secondary for a 50 yard gain to end the half with 120 yards rushing on just seven carries.  He added a 5 yard touchdown run and a dazzling 76 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter before taking off the rest of the night.  After the game Coach Mickey Lineberger said of Bray’s accomplishment, “That’s a big deal because there’s been a lot of great running backs go through this program, plus he’s a great kid and one of the best players I’ve ever coached.”

The Raiders added their second score in the opening stanza on a 46 yard run by Diontrea King and a third score on a 36 yard pass from Jaquan Brooks to Trey Crenshaw to jump out to a 21-0 lead. 

In the second quarter Brooks connected with Jeffery Pearsall on a 24 yard touchdown toss and J.T. Star added the final points of the half on a 20 yard pick six for a 35-0 Red Raider lead. 

Bray pushed the lead to 42-0 on his five yard run about midway through the third period.  East Gaston’s lone touchdown came in the third quarter on a 13 yard run by Trevor Townsend to cut the margin to 35 but Bray answered on the ensuing kickoff to push the lead back to 42 points.

Trey Crenshaw took over the fullback duties and added the final points in the fourth quarter on a five yard run for the 56-7 final score. 

The Red Raiders totaled 535 yards with 439 coming via their rushing attack.  Diontrea King was the top gainer with149 yards on 8 carries, Bray had127 yards on 9 carries, Crenshaw 63 yards on six carries, Jeffrey Pearsall 52 yards on 4 carries and Brooks 43 yards on 8 carries.  Brooks also completed four of seven passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Dontavis Walker led the Warrior rushing attack but as a team they could only manage 79 rushing yards.  Freshman quarterback, Josh Benfield, up from the JV team, completed 5 of 14 passes for 59 yards to push the Warriors total offensive output to 138 yards.  Benfield tossed one interception while the Red Raiders gave the ball away on three fumbles and was penalized eight times for 60 yards.   After the game coach Lineberger said of the fumbles and penalties, “We’ve got to learn to eliminate ourselves as an enemy or those kind of things can come back to hurt you.”

Next week the Raiders will travel to Gastonia for a game with Hunter Huss and the Warriors will be on the road to play conference new-comer Lake Norman Charter.

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