SOUTH POINT DOMINATES RIVAL EAST GASTON ON ‘BLACK FRIDAY’
By: Anthony Perkins
Belmont – South Point coaching legend Jim Biggerstaff was honored in the pre-game festivities on Friday night at Lineberger Stadium for his upcoming induction into the North Carolina High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the celebration seemed to set the mood for the home-standing Red Raider football team. The South Point-East Gaston rivalry has come to be known as "Black Friday" but it turned out to be a bleak Friday for the visiting Warriors.
The Southwestern Conference began their conference schedule this week and the Red Raiders left no doubt that they would be a contender with a 56-0 drubbing of the East Gaston Warriors. Quarterback Scottie Lee got things going on the second play from scrimmage during the first South Point possession with 58 yard blast up the middle and an early 7-0 lead. On their next possession Lee hooked up with receiver Ray Grier (4 catches, 114 yards) on a 22 yard scoring strike and the Red Raiders were on their way to their first conference win.
South Point would go on to add three more touchdowns in the second period. Ray Grier, who caught nearly every pass in the Belmont zip code, added the next Red Raider points on a 40 yard toss from Lee less than two minutes into the second quarter and fullback Jake Alexander followed up with a nine yard touchdown run with just over two minutes left in the half. If his two scoring catches were not enough, Grier returned an East Gaston punt forty seven yards just before the second quarter ended for his third score of the half to give the Red Raiders a 35-0 halftime lead.
Fullback Jack Alexander added another score at the 9:03 mark of the third quarter that put the game into a running clock situation and most of the starters took the rest of the evening off. Backup quarterback Keaton Hale took the helm on the next set of downs and on his second snap he broke free up the middle for a fifty yard touchdown run. The final points were added in the fourth quarter by Ty Tinker on eleven yard run.
After the game, South Point quarterback Scottie Lee said, “We played a complete game tonight. We made some mistakes and they forced up to throw tonight a little more than usual but we were well prepared. Coach Adam Hodge said, “We wanted to open up things tonight and they gave us Ray (Grier) tonight and we took it. It was an overall team win, the boys played good. We also got some other guys in for some valuable playing time and that will add to our depth in the long run.” Ray Grier said, "We were hyped because it was "Black Friday" and we came out ready to play and we 'finished', you've got to finish games and we did tonight."
East Gaston’s fullback Brodie Hilton was the workhorse for the Warriors as he churned out 78 tough yards on thirteen carries and quarterback Kobe Creamer completed 14 of 28 passes for 92 yards. The Warriors did manage to get into the end-zone on their second possession but it was called back due to a personal foul-face mask penalty and the Warriors never seriously threatened again.
In the tale-of-the-tape, South Point tallied 13 first downs, 246 yards rushing and 134 yards passing for a total of 380 yards. They had no turnovers and they were penalized six times for 70 yards.
East Gaston also totaled 13 first downs, 81 yards rushing and 92 yards passing for a total of 173 yards. The Warriors suffered one interception and were penalized seven times for 73 yards.
Next week the East Rutherford Cavaliers will visit South Point and East Gaston will host the Chase Trojans.