By: Anthony Perkins
Red Raiders Firing on all Cylinders with a 55-0 Win
Dallas – The winless North Gaston Wildcats hosted the 8-1 South Point Red Raiders on Friday night for the 2022 regular season high school football finale and were completely overwhelmed by the visiting Red Raiders.
South Point scored five touchdowns in the first quarter on their way to a 55-0 drubbing of the Wildcats. Harrison McKinney scored first on a one-yard run and fullback Cam Medlock followed up with a 3-yard touchdown run before Aaron Chaney notched a score on a nine-yard pass from quarterback Patrick Blee. A 50-yard pass from Patrick Blee to brother Jackson Blee accounted for the next score before Patrick Blee topped off the first quarter scoring with a 50-yard run and a 34-0 lead.
The second quarter was more of the same for the Red Raiders. Just seconds into the quarter, Patrick Blee found daylight on the right side for a 13-yard jaunt into the end zone to push the lead out to 41-0 which also sent the first squad to the bench for the rest of the game. Backup quarterback Elijah Phifer got in on the scoring action next with a 12-yard run to push the lead out to 48-0 which sent the game into a continuous running clock. Dawson Tobin scored on a 7-yard run before the half ended to give the Red Raiders a commanding 55-0 that turned out to be the final score.
As efficient as the Red Raider offense performed (16 offensive plays netted 198 yards), the South Point defense completely controlled the other side of the ball by allowing the North Gaston only 18 yards of total offense and one first down in the first half of play.
A speedy second half yielded only 10 plays for the South Point offense that still netted nearly 100 yards while North Gaston was able to only run 10 plays that netted 21 yards and one first down.
North Gaston totaled 39 yards on offense with 32 yards rushing and 7 yards passing. They had two first downs, but they were hurt by one pick and one lost fumble, and they were penalized three times for 25 yards.
South Point accumulated 228 yards rushing and 59 yards passing for a total offensive output of 287 yards. The Red Raiders moved the chains 11 times, lost one fumble and they were flagged twice for 25 yards.
The Wildcats season ended on Friday night but the Red Raiders will enter the playoffs next week with at least one home game at Lineberger Stadium.