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SOUTH POINT DEFENSE DOMINATES

FIRST HALF DOMINANCE PROPELS SOUTH POINT TO WIN OVER FORESTVIEW

By: Anthony Perkins

 

Belmont – The South Point Red Raiders defeated Forestview on Friday night by a score of 46-20 that pushed their series record to 20-2 over the visiting Jaguars.  The first half was a dominating performance by the Red Raider offense that generated 198 total yards and 26 points while the defense kept the Jaguars off the score board by holding them to zero yards rushing and 57 passing. Adam Hodge said, “Our defense played really great in the first half and it was a just sound performance and a really good win.”

A five-yard pass from quarterback Jamani Leeper to Ray Grier on the Red Raiders first drive started off the scoring but a failed PAT kept the score at 6-0 for the first quarter.  South Point’s offense kicked it into high gear in the second quarter and posted their next score when the Leeper to Grier connection worked again for seven yards.  Fullback Naseem Jones posted the third South Point score on a 45-yard run about mid-way through the second quarter and the speedy Grier returned a Forestview punt for 63 yards with just under five minutes remaining in the half to give the Red Raiders a 26-0 cushion.

The second half started out with the Jaguars setting up shop at the South Point seven after an 81- yard kickoff return by Jamarion Dawkins.  Their first three plays netted -4 yards and a fourth down pass attempt was intercepted by South Point’s Tre Glen to end the threat.  It was however only temporary because the Red Raiders fumbled on the next snap and the ball went back over the Jaguars at the South Point nine.  Lee made up for his previous interception when he scored on a two-yard run to cut the margin to 26-7.  However, any comeback hopes the Jags may have had grew strangely dim when South Point’s Leeper scored on a four-yard run to cap off a 61-yard scoring drive on the following possession. That score pushed the Red Raider lead to 33-7 which they carried into the final quarter.

Jamani Leeper scored his second touchdown with 11:53 remaining in the fourth quarter on a 9-yard run that pushed the lead to 40-7. After the Leeper score South Point coach Adam Hodge gave the starting core the rest of the evening off.

Forestview added to their point total on a 2-yard run by Jake Lee on their next possession to cut the deficit to 40-13 but it was too little, too late.  South Point backup quarterback Javis Davis, remember that name, scored on a dazzling 46-yard run on the next Red Raider possession and Forestview’s backup quarterback Graham Wiggins connected with Lark Satterwhite from nine yards out just before the game ended for the final 46-20 score.

Hodge said, “They scored a couple times on us in the fourth but it was a good learning experience, you never know when some of those kids might have to be the next man up somewhere down the road.”

South Point totaled 394 yards on offense with 331 yards rushing on 44 attempts and Leeper connected on 3 of 5 passes for the remaining 63 yards.  Forestview accumulated 217 total yards with 170 yards passing and 47 yards rushing.

Next week South Point will travel to Clover to take on the Blue Eagles while Forestview will host the Ashbrook Green Wave in their conference opener.

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