Posted: September 13, 2018
SOUTH POINT CRUSHES STUART CRAMER HOPES OF A WIN WITH A SECOND HALF EXPLOSION
By: Anthony Perkins
Cramerton – On Thursday night the Stuart Cramer Storm hosted the South Point Red Raiders for a non-conference contest that South Point has dominated since the school’s inception four years ago. The Purple Storm scored their first touchdown against South Point last year but still lost by a 41-14 margin. The Red Raiders scored a combined 193 points in their first three games against Stuart Cramer but this year the Red Raiders entered the contest holding a 2-2 record. After an off week, Stuart Cramer entered the game holding a 3-0 record and high expectations of a win against their rivals from only three miles down the road but it would not happen on this night and the Red Raiders went back home with a 33-7 win in their pocket.
The game started out highly contested with both teams running up and down the field but South Point had jumped out to a 14-0 lead with just over four minutes left in the first half. The Red Raiders had gained their advantage with a four-yard touchdown run by fullback Naseem Jones in the first quarter and a 51-yard pass and run reception by Devon King in the second quarter and Cade Ratliff booted two extra point through the uprights.
Stuart Cramer got back in the contest when Kaiser Kayton capped off an 80-yard drive with a four-yard bolt inti the end-zone with just over a minute left in the first half to reel the Red Raider back in and went into the half trailing by a 14-7 margin. Both the Red Raiders and the Purple Storm had accumulated 171 yards in total offense in the first half but the Red Raider defense had managed to stop their opponents when they had to except on the last Stuart Cramer drive.
The second half was a different ball game altogether! Red Raider coach Adam Hodge said, “I challenged them at the half by telling them, I’ve seen you play for twelve minutes, I’ve seen you play for twenty-four minutes, I’ve seen you play for thirty-six minutes but I’ve not seen you play for forty-eight minutes and I want to see that tonight. Our defense played great the second half and our fullback, Naseem Jones (263 yards, 38 carries) had an awesome night.”
In the second half the visiting Red Raider offense used a ball control game to eat up the clock and put three scores on the board. Jones scored two times in the third quarter on runs of 34 and 25 yards and scored once in the final quarter on a one-yard run to cap off the scoring for South Point. Meanwhile the Red Raider defense held the Purple Storm to only 39 yards in the second half and one first down.
Stuart Cramer head coach Ben McMillan felt like the ball game turned at the beginning of the second half after South Point scored on their first drive and his team went three and out after the ensuing kickoff. McMillan said, “We got down on ourselves after the start of the second half and we failed to execute when we still had a chance to win. We have to learn from this going forward.”
South Point finished the game with 415 yards, 346 yards rushing and 69 yards passing. Jones was the work horse for the Red Raiders with his 263 yards and Keaton Hale completed two of four passes for 69 yards. Hale had 88 yards rushing on nine carries, Caleb Gibson had 30 yards on three carries and Jamani Leeper had six yards on three carries. South Point notched 22 first downs and was assessed 45 yards for four penalties.
Stuart Cramer finished up with 216 total yards with 177 yards rushing and 39 yards passing. Tyreese Morris was the top rusher with 98 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Luke Carpenter completed six of seventeen passes and he tossed one interception late in the fourth quarter. The Purple Storm had 12 first downs and was flagged 5 times for 35 yards.
Next week South Point will travel to Ashbrook for another non-conference contest and Stuart Cramer will also take to the road to face Kings Mountain for their conference opener.