SOUTH POINT GETS IN THE WIN COLUMN: 42-7 OVER LINCOLNTON
By: Anthony Perkins
Belmont – After a disappointing loss to Crest last week, South Point’s Red Raiders bounced back with a big win over the Lincolnton Wolves at Lineberger Stadium on Friday night. South Point head coach Adam Hodge said, “It was good to get out and get a win after last week. It’s always good to win and I’m so proud of the team and the coaching staff for the way they bounced back. In the triple option you just have to take what they give you and we did that tonight and it is was enough. The offense played good, we threw it and ran it, the defense played good and I have to give credit to the coaching staff for that.”
The Red Raiders scored on their only drive of the first quarter on a 24-yard run by Caleb Gibson to cap off a 52-yard drive but the point after was blocked to keep the score at 6-0.
South Point’s offense caught an extra gear in the second quarter and ran off 22 points for a 28-0 half time lead. Fullback Naseem Jones scored on a six-yard run to start off the second quarter scoring barrage. Gibson followed up with his second touchdown for the game on an eight-yard run to finish off a 41-yard drive that was set up by a Ray Grier interception of a Lincolnton pass. The Red Raiders posted their final score of the half with only 29 ticks remaining on the clock when Tre Glenn snagged a 31-yard pass from Leeper in the left front corner of the end-zone. "Leeper did a fine job of running our offence tonight especially after being forced into that role after Hale was injured last week," said coach Hodge.
Lincolnton’s head coach Ledford Gibson said, “The second quarter took us out of the ball game when we reverted to the same kind of mistakes we made last week. You can’t make those kind of mistakes (penalties and turnovers) against a competitive team like South Point and expect to win.” Coach Gibson was quick to point out that his team had made some improvements over last week but his young team still has a way to go to get ready for conference play.
The Red Raiders added two more scores in the third stanza, both coming on the heels of fullback Naseem Jones on runs of 10 and 15 yards. Those scores forced a running clock for the remainder of the contest and it allowed numerous substitutes from both teams to see some action.
Lincolnton scored their only points in the final quarter on a two-yard run by Caden Wyatt and Diego Ramiro added the point after for the final 42-7 score.
Lincolnton totaled 147 yards on offense with 106 yards rushing and 41 yards passing. Jamal Littlejohn led the Lincolnton rushing attack with 45 yards on 14 carries and quarterback EJ Manjarres went 4 for 9 in the passing attack but he tossed the one interception to Grier and the Wolves lost 1 of 4 fumbles.
South Point accumulated 234 offensive yards with 198 yards rushing and 36 yards passing. Jones led the ground attack with 89 yards on 19 carries and Leeper completed 3 of 5 passes. South Point had no turnovers and they were only forced to punt one time.
Next week the Red Raiders will be at home to face neighboring rival Forestview and Lincolnton will be hosting the up and coming North Gaston Wildcats.