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By: Anthony Perkins

Belmont – The Crest Chargers invaded Lineberger Stadium on Friday evening an went away with a 28-11 win against the South Point Red Raiders in a hard fought 2018 opener for both football programs.  “The final score did not reveal how close this game was.”  Those were the words of South Point head coach Adam Hodge, and he was right. 

Crest had moved out to a 14-3 halftime lead and the third quarter was a defensive battle until South Point’s Keaton Hale scored on a 23 yard quarterback keeper up the gut with 1:35 showing on the clock.  Fullback Naseem Jones scored on the two-point conversion run to cut the Crest lead to 14-11.

With just over five minutes remaining in the game the Red Raiders had the ball in Crest territory and had a good chance to take the lead. 

However, the wheels feel off of the Big Red Machine after the Crest defense forced a stop and then scored on a four play, 58 yard drive capped off by a four yard run by quarterback Peyton Kemmerlin (14 carries, 118 yards).  Following the ensuing kickoff the Charger defense rose up again when linebacker BJ Ramseur stepped in front of a Jamani Leeper pass and sped down the left sideline for a 61 yard pick six and a 28-11 final score.

South Point started out the game with a long opening drive that took over half of the first quarter and finished it off with a 26 yard field goal by Cade Ratliff.  Crest scored on the first play of the second quarter when Kemmerlin found Lannden Zanders in the back of the end zone from 15 yards out.  The remainder of the second quarter saw both teams swap the ball back and forth until South Point punted it away with less than a minute remaining in the half.  The Chargers took possession at the Crest 20 and moved 80 yards in six plays.  Kimmerlin pushed the Chargers lead to 14-3 when he spotted Michael Green cutting across the middle of the end zone from 12 yards away.

Crest head coach Nicholas Eddins was pleased with his teams overall effort.  He said, “It’s always hard to get a win against South Point but to get a win in their place is special.  We had plenty of time to prepare for them and you need it because they’re a well-disciplined team.  But, I’m proud of my team and the way we played tonight.” 

Crest accumulated 316 total yards with 198 yards rushing and 118 yards passing and Kemmerlin completed 12 of 13 passes.  South Point’s offense also rolled up 198 yards rushing on 39 carries and Keaton Hale and Jamani Leeper combined for 6 of 12 passes for 59 yards but they suffered two interceptions.  Hale suffered a leg injury in the fourth quarter amid the Red Raiders come-back attempt and was forced out of the game after going 4 for 6 in the passing department.

Next week the Red Raiders will host Lincolnton and Crest will be at home against TC Roberson.

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