South Point Torches East Rutherford With 5 Second Half TD’s
By: Anthony Perkins
Bostic – South Point (2-1) traveled to Bostic on Friday night to face the 0-3 East Rutherford Cavaliers for a Southwestern Conference football contest. The Cavaliers were plagued all night with turnovers (2 lost fumbles and 1 interception) and a very stingy Red Raider defense. The opposing South Point offense was plagued with penalties for the first half and their own mistakes held them to a first quarter, 30-yard field goal by Carson Smith. Late in the second quarter, South Point put together a sixty-yard touchdown drive on their last possession of the first half that fullback Hunter Hogue capped off with a 6-yard run to give the visitors a 10-0 half-time lead.
Friday night was Homecoming for the host Cavaliers and Ms. Carolyne Butler was crowned as the Queen of Clubs and will represent East Rutherford in the National Technical Honor Society. Ms. Emma Neal was crowned as the Homecoming Queen.
In the third quarter the Red Raider offense sharpened up and put three scores on the board. On their first possession of the second half, running back Trevon Jones scored on a dazzling 43-yard run and followed that with a five-yard touchdown scamper on their next possession. Cam Medlock notched the third score of the quarter on a 42-yard sprint down the right side-line to push the Red Raiders out to a 31-0 advantage.
The Red Raiders added touchdowns on both of their fourth quarter possessions. Quarterback Will Rhinehart punched it in first from ten yards out and Medlock posted his second score on their next possession to cap off the scoring for the contest and a final 45-0 score.
After the game South Point coach Adam Hodge said, “We just didn’t have our heads in the game in the first half but our defense played great. We could have been in real trouble by half-time but our defense came through for us.” The Red Raider defense did not allow the Cavaliers to cross mid-field in the first half and held them to a total of fifty-six yards and four first downs in the half. Additionally, the Red Raider defense did not allow the Cavalier offense to cross the fifty until almost midway through the fourth quarter and they only got as deep at the South Point 38-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.
South Point rolled up 443 rushing yards on 51 carries and quarterback Will Rhinehart went 3-5-0 in the South Point aerial attack for an additional 32 yards. Hogue had 146 yards on 24 carries, Rhinehart had 96 yards on 11 carries, Cam Medlock had 94 yards on 4 carries, Trevon Jones had 59 yards on four carries and Tyson Riley had 48 yards on 8 carries.
East Rutherford’s rushing attack netted 114 yards on 46 carries and quarterback Aiden Lynch connected on 5 of 16 passes for an additional 46 yards. Marquis McCombs was the top rusher for the Cavaliers with 70 yards on 11 carries. East Rutherford lost two of three fumbles and the Red Raiders also picked one of their passing attempts.
Next week the Red Raiders will be at home to face RS Central and East Rutherford will hit the road to face Chase.