Posted: September 16, 2017
SOUTH POINT CONTINUES DOMINANCE OVER STUART CRAMER
By: Anthony Perkins
Belmont – South Point’s Red Raiders improved to 5-0 this season with a 41-14 victory over former conference opponent Stuart Cramer on Friday night. The three previous meetings between the two teams resulted in South Point outscoring Stuart Cramer by a 194-0 margin however this year’s edition of the Storm had blown out their first three opponents and they figured this year might be different against their cross town rivals. The Storm did manage to get rid of the skunk but the final result was still a resounding win for the Red Raiders.
South Point jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 35 yard pass from quarterback Scottie Lee to wingback Ty Tinker and they pushed the lead to 14-0 just before the first half ended when fullback Jake Aleaxander popped through the middle of the Storm defense for his first of his four touchdown runs.
South Point went up by 21 on their first possession of the second half on a four yard touchdown run by Alexander before the wheels temporarily fell off of the Red Raider machine.
Stuart Cramer scored their first points against South Point on their next possession when quarterback Luke Carpenter dropped a pass over the left shoulder of Kendall Karr which he caught in stride near mid-field and he outraced the defenders to the end zone for a 79 yard scoring strike and pulled the Storm to within 14 points. On the ensuing kickoff the Red Raiders coughed up the ball and the Storm was in business again at the South Point 15 yard line. Three plays and minus three yards later the Red Raiders forced a field goal attempt however Matthew Robinson broke through the line and swatted the ball out of the air to preserve the 14 point South Point lead. After the game Stuart Cramer head coach Ben McMillan said, “That was a big series where we failed to execute, a score there could have turned the game in our favor.”
South Point seemed to gain a little momentum from the defensive stop and the offense took advantage by marching downfield with Alexander put the finishing touch on the drive with a six yard touchdown run with just over two minutes left in the third quarter.
The Storm added their final points on their next drive when the Carpenter to Karr connection worked again, this time for a 30 yard touchdown that cut the South Point lead to 27-14 but that was a close as the visitors would get.
The Red Raiders scored on their next two possessions to seal the deal; Alexander finished off a five play drive when he broke off another run up the middle for a 50 yarder and Ty Tinker completed the scoring on a one yard dive with 1:41 remaining in the game. Cramer’s last drive ended when Devon King picked a pass from Carpenter near the South Point fifteen and he ran out the clock on the interception return to midfield.
After the game South Point coach Adam Hodge said, “I wasn’t pleased with our defensive effort tonight, we had too many missed assignments, we were lining up wrong for the coverage we were supposed to be in…I’m just disappointed with our effort after the way we had been playing on defense. We want to get better every week and this week we didn’t do that! On offense we were good and Jake (Alexander) showed his value as a senior leader tonight, that’s what we want every week but we will work on it.”
Unofficially, South Point totaled 412 yards on offense; 358 rushing yards on 53 attempts and 54 passing yards. Quarterback Scottie Lee completed three of eight passes with one touchdown however he tossed his first pick of the season. Two of Lees passes were gathered in by Ty Tinker for 44 yards and one went to Ray Grier for ten. Jake Alexander carried the mail on 30 of the Red Raider rushing attempts for 264 yards plus his four touchdowns and Lee added 64 yards on 13 carries. The Red Raiders piled up 21 first downs, were penalized 6 times for 55 yards and had two turnovers.
The Storm totaled 290 yards with 126 rushing yards and 164 yards passing. Kendall Karr totaled 109 yards on two catches for the Storm that also accounted for both of their scores. They moved the chains ten times, lost the ball three times on turnovers and were flagged eight times for 85 yards.
South Point has a ‘bye’ next week and Stuart Cramer will be back at home against Kings Mountain.