Posted: September 08, 2017
SOUTH POINT ENDS CLOVERS STREAK
By: Anthony Perkins
Belmont – South Point celebrated “Senior Night” on Friday and the football team turned in an impressive performance for their first home game of the year by soundly defeating previously unbeaten Clover by a 28-0 margin. South Point’s win ended a seven game winning streak that Clover possessed over North Carolina teams dating back to 2014, including a 17-14 win against South Point last year in Clover.
The Red Raiders offense scored on their first possession when quarterback Scottie Lee capped off an 84 yard drive with a nine yard run. South Point added to the lead early in the second quarter when fullback Jake Alexander found the end-zone at the end of a 24 yard jaunt to finish off their second possession and Ray Grier pushed the lead to 21-0 on their third possession when he caught a three yard pass from Scottie Lee in the corner of the end-zone to wrap up the first half scoring.
During the first half the South Point defense held the Clover offense to -20 yards rushing and 112 yards passing. Before meeting South Point, Clover was averaging just under 440 yards per game and scoring over 46 points.
Wingback Caleb Gibson tacked on the final points of the game with a nine yard run that came at the end of 74 yard drive on South Point’s first possession of the second half. Kicker Cade Ratliff also connected on all four of his extra point attempts.
The Blue Eagles did however, have several opportunities in the second half to get back into the game. After South Point pushed the lead to 28-0, Clover advanced the ball inside the Red Raider ten but a bad snap and a 15 yard tackle for loss on third down forced a field goal attempt that fell short. In the fourth quarter South Point fumbled the ball away near mid-field and Clover’s attempt to get on the board was thwarted when South Point’s Nathan Hamilton picked a pass from Clover’s Garrett Miller in the end-zone. The Red Raiders however fumbled the ball away again on their next offensive play that gave the Blue Eagles the ball only twelve yards from the end-zone. Once again the Red Raider defense dug their heels in and simply refused to let Clover score. Nathan Hamilton made another big play in that last defensive stand when he delivered a jarring hit in the end-zone to Clover’s Jaylin Lane to breakup what would have been a touchdown pass.
After the game South Point head coach Adam Hodge said, “I’m so pleased with our defense tonight. We played a real good Clover team and I really didn’t know how our defense would respond to the spread offense that they run, but they played lights out.” Coach Hodge was also quick to credit the other coaches for how well they had prepared the defensive unit.
After speaking with fullback Jake Alexander (30 carries, 164 yards) and Scottie Lee (14 carries, 113 yards) and asking them about their success for the evening they both immediately commented that their success was directly due to the great job of the linemen in opening up the holes for them to run through.
South Point finished with 321 yards rushing on 50 carries. Lee added 25 yards passing by connecting on 3 of 4 attempts with all of them going to Ray Grier. They moved the chains 21 times, lost two fumbles and was flagged five times for 50 yards.
Clover finished the game with -6 yards rushing in 19 attempts. Quarterback Garrett Miller completed 20 of 25 passes for 188 yards and he tossed one pick. The Blue Eagles registered nine first downs and they were flagged nine times for 70 yards.
South Point will host Stuart Cramer next week and Clover has an open date.