SOUTH POINT CRUSHES RS CENTRAL IN FINAL NON-CONFERENCE CONTEST 42-14
By: Anthony Perkins
Belmont – South Point and RS Central met on the football field in a contest against two former Southwestern 3A Conference foes on Friday evening. The Red Raiders and the Hilltoppers entered the contest with the Red Raiders holding a 24-12 series record and a 2-0 record for the young season. The Hilltoppers came into the game with a 1-1 record and an offense that has averaged over 40 points in their first two contests.
South Point jumped out to a first quarter lead on their first possession and never looked back. Fullback Cam Medlock performed the honors with a 1-yard fullback dive play with 5:20 remaining in the first quarter.
South Point brought a touchdown tornado in the second quarter with four scores that completely put the game out of reach for the visiting Hilltoppers. Only seconds into the second quarter, wingback Dawson Tobin opened the scoring for the Red Raider offense that was hitting on all cylinders with a two-yard run.
After an RS Central three and out the South Point offense went to work again; six plays and 52 yards later Cam Medlock scored his second touchdown of the contest on a 4-yard run. After the South Point “D” forced another three and out William Ross gathered in the RS Central punt at the South Point 43 and a thrilling 57-yard punt return yielded another touchdown with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.
While facing a third and nineteen on their next possession, RS Central quarterback Trey Shearer was pressured by the South Point defense and an errant pass landed in the hands of cornerback Noah Gosnell for the Red Raiders at the Hilltoppers 28 to set up the final South Point score of the first half. Red Raider freshman quarterback Patrick Blee spotted Colby Hamilton behind the defense for a six-yard touchdown toss to cap off the first half scoring for the Red Raiders and a commanding 35-0 lead. The Red Raider defense was just as impressive in the first half as they held the Hilltoppers to only two first downs, (one of those was the result of a penalty) and a total of 57 yards on six possessions.
South Point received the opening kickoff of the second half and took a 42-0 lead on a seven-play drive covering 76 yards that Tobin capped off with his second score of the game on a 16-yard run to force a running clock for the remainder of the contest. Charlie Birtwistle went 6 for 6 on point after attempts.
The fast-paced remainder of the game saw reserve players finishing out the contest for the Red Raiders and the Hilltoppers scored two touchdowns in the final quarter to take a little of the sting out of the results. Marcus Logan scored on a 47-yard, nicely executed reverse play and Levi Vogel snagged a Trey Shearer pass for a 23-yard score but it was too little too late as the Red Raiders walked away with the 42-14 victory.
Following the contest South Point head coach Adam Hodge was pleased with the performance of both his offense and defense for the evening. He said, “The score allowed us to play a lot of different people again. We did (tonight) what we try to do every week, but we made some silly mistakes that we need to clean up before the conference season begins.”
Next week the Red Raiders have a BYE before beginning conference play against Stuart Cramer on September 16. RS Central will be at home to face the Chesnee Eagles from South Carolina.