By: Anthony Perkins
Boiling Springs – In a 35-16 win the South Point Red Raiders offense looked like they were in mid-season form and proved to be just too much for the Crest Chargers to handle on opening night at Sid Bryson Stadium on Friday. The Raiders jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead on the heels of two short touchdown runs (1 yard, 2 yards) by standout fullback Tyler Bray and a 15 yard fumble return by Deion Jones after a mishandled snap by Charger quarterback P.J. Brooks.
Crest got one the board early in the third quarter with a 40 yard field goal by place-kicker Alex Trejo and looked to get back into the thick of things by stopping the South Point offense and forcing a punt near mid-field on the Raiders next possession. Tyler Bray’s punt was blocked and picked up by the Chargers but the ball was stripped and picked up by South Point’s Diontre King who advanced the ball to the Crest 34. The Red Raider offense took advantage of the Charger mistake a few plays later when quarterback Jaquan Brooks scored on an eight yard run giving the visiting Raiders a commanding 28-3 lead. After the game Crest coach Mark Barnes said, "South Point’s a good team and they have some great players, you can’t make mistakes against them because they punish you when you do."
In the third quarter Jaquan Brooks added the final score for the Red Raiders on an eight yard run that was sandwiched between two Crest touchdowns. Crest scored first on 21 run by Jalin Moore and the final score of the game was posted by P.J. Brooks on a 6 yard run with just 17 seconds left in the third. Neither team scored in the final quarter.
The Red Raiders rolled up 315 yards rushing with Brooks (154 yards) and Bray (102 yards) combining for 256 of those yards. Brooks also went 2-4 passing, good for another 62 yards. South Point coach Mickey Lineberger was well pleased with the first half performance of his team but said, "I think we got out ahead and became complacent in the second half, especially on defense. But, you have to give Crest credit, they came and played a great second half." The Red Raiders held the Crest offense to only72 yards and four first downs in the first half. Crest finished up with 188 yards rushing and 10 yards passing.
The Chargers were their worst enemies at times by losing 2 of 4 fumbles and being penalized 6 times for 44 yards a key points in the game. South Point lost one of two fumbles and was penalized five times for 35 yards.
Next week the Red Raiders will travel to Lincolnton to face the Wolves who also won their opener against North Lincoln and the Chargers will travel to Ashbrook who lost their opener to Burns.