Posted: September 30, 2017
SOUTH POINT OVERCOMES SLOW FIRST HALF TO BEAT ASHBROOK
Alexander has Another Huge Night – Leads Way for Another SP Win
By: Anthony Perkins
Belmont – South Point’s offense was held to only 88 yards in the first half of Friday night’s game against non-conference foe Ashbrook but still managed to take a 14-6 lead into the locker room. The Green Wave appeared to have a good game plan – simply keep the ball out of their opponents hands – and it worked for most of the first half with one exception. Although Ashbrook’s offensive unit controlled the ball for over fifteen minutes of the first half and thereby limited their opponents opportunities, the Green Wave could only manage to get into the end zone on one occasion. That happened when fullback British Brooks (25 carries, 135 yards) scored on a four yard run with 5:36 remaining in the first quarter but a failed extra point attempt left the visitors a point behind their adversaries at 6-7.
South Point’s “red bone” offense used their limited minutes in the first half to gain their 14-6 lead on a 2 yard, first quarter score by fullback Jake Alexander and a 15 yard touchdown run in the second quarter by quarterback Scottie Lee.
After the sluggish first half by the Red Raiders that followed their “bye week”, they caught a gear and played much better in the second half. South Point coach Adam Hodge challenged his team during the half with these words, “Play as good as you can play; but who can give me a little more?” Then he asked for a show of hands and followed with this question, “If you can give me more why wouldn’t you do it.”
His team came out energized in the second half and after taking the opening kick they needed only four plays and less than two minutes to cover the sixty-seven yards to the end-zone with Scottie Lee covering the last 29 yards on a dazzling run that pushed the Red Raiders lead to 21-6. Commenting on Lee touchdown run after the game, Ashbrook head coach Brian Andrews said, “That’s what South Point does better than anyone else, they lull you to sleep with the fullback and then when you least expect it, the quarterback keeps the ball and slashes you for a big play.”
Ashbrook answered on their next possession but it was costly. Fullback British Brooks got to the edge on a sweep to the right that gained 38 yards to the South Point 23 but two plays later on a sweep to the left he suffered a hopefully minor injury to his shoulder that benched him for the remainder of the game. The Green Wave went on to score on a two yard run by Antwon McClee to cut the margin to 21-13 but that was as close as they would get.
After both teams traded possessions the Red Raiders added to their lead at the end of a five play, eighty-three yard drive with Alexander scoring on a 37-yard jaunt.
The next South Point possession started at their fourteen yard line in the fourth quarter after the defense halted the Ashbrook offense inside the red-zone. The Red Raiders sealed the game on that drive when Jake Alexander added the icing to the cake with a 25 yard touchdown run, his third score for the evening and a 35-13 final score. That run also gave Alexander 22 carries and 279 yards for the contest.
South Point finished the game with 380 yards of total offense with all but 12 yards coming thru the rushing attack. Ashbrook finished with 202 yards rushing and 72 yards passing for a total of 274 yards.
The Red Raiders will be at home next week for their Southwestern Conference opener against East Gaston and Ashbrook will host Crest in a Big South Conference contest.