RED RAIDERS CRUISE PAST HILLTOPPERS 62-0
By: Anthony Perkins
Rutherfordton – South Point’s Red Raiders built a 49-0 lead by scoring on all seven of their first half possessions and went on to defeat the RS-Central Hilltoppers by a 62-0 score.
In the first quarter wingback Ty Tinker opened the scoring with a one yard run. Receiver Ray Grier added the next points with a 15 yard reception of a Scottie Lee pass and fullback Jake Alexander put the next Red Raider points on the board with a one yard run. The last score of the first quarter occurred when quarterback Scottie Lee took a snap inside the South Point ten, dropped back and lofted a tight spiral over Grier’s left shoulder near mid-field, Grier snagged the ball and raced to the end-zone for a 91 yard pass and run and a 28-0 South Point lead.
The Red Raiders added three more scores in the second stanza; a 15 yard reception by Ray Grier (his third TD of the half), a two yard run by Alexander (188 yards, 16 carries), and a nine yard run by Ty Tinker (54 yards, 8 carries).
The second half started with a continuous running clock and second line players took over for the Red Raiders. Mario Brandon Jr. added the next Red Raider points on a dazzling 65 yard punt return and reserve quarterback Keaton Hale added the final points on a 9 yard quarterback keeper. South Point kicker David O’Hanlon went nine for eight on extra point attempts and his only miss was due to a bad snap.
South Point totaled 501 yards on offense and they were able to grind out 380 rushing yards on 42 attempts and quarterback Scottie Lee was a perfect 3 for 3 in the passing department for 121 yards with Ray Grier making all the receptions. South Point moved the chains 20 times, caught two flags for 15 yards and had no turnovers.
The Red Raider defense held the Hilltoppers to 73 yards rushing and 84 yards passing for a total of 157 yards. Jayden Waddell hooked up with receiver Ty’J Cooks five times for 47 yards and Trey Greene also caught one of his tosses for 37 yards. Workhorse fullback Demarcus Johnson tallied 40 yards on ten carries for RS-Central. The Hilltoppers collected five first downs, they were flagged four times for 25 yards but they lost three fumbles and one interception.
Next week both South Point and RS-Central will be on the road. South Point travels to Forest City to face Chase and RS-Central will be visiting East Gaston.