SOUTH POINT TAKES A 35-7 WIN OVER HUNTER HUSS
By: Anthony Perkins
Belmont – The South Point Red Raiders out-muscled the pesky Hunter Huss Huskies on Friday night to keep their record (5-0, 2-0) unblemished half way into the 2022 football campaign.
Huss took the opening kickoff and moved the ball to midfield before the Red Raider defense dug in and forced a punt. A bad snap sailed over the head of the punter and when the dust had settled the Red Raiders defense had set up the offense with a very short field at the Huskies 12-yard line.
South Point wasted no time in taking advantage of the Husky miscue when fullback Cam Medlock scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 12-yard run. Charlie Birtwistle split the uprights on his first of five successful point after attempts to give the homestanding Red Raiders an early 7-0 lead. About midway through the second quarter, Medlock added his second of three touchdowns on a 2-yard run to cap off a 56-yard drive that pushed the Red Raiders out to a 14-0 lead that lasted through the first half.
The Red Raider offense had the ball first to start the second half. William Ross gathered in the opening kickoff at the one and returned it to the South Point 43 to give the Red Raiders excellent field position to start the half. The vaunted ‘Red Bone’ offense then went to work on a twelve-play drive that took seven minutes off the clock and ended with Harrison McKinney catching a 17-yard touchdown pass from QB Patrick Blee. Blee score on a quarterback keeper for the next Red Raider touchdown when he carried it in from five yards out with less than two minutes remaining in the quarter.
The lone highlight for the Huskies offense came in the fourth quarter after Jayden Gash picked a South Point pass near midfield and returned it to the South Point eleven. Two plays later Darius Headly scored on a 7-yard run but it proved to be too little too late.
South Point added the final score on their next drive when Medlock burst through the middle on a fullback dive play and rambled 24-yards to paydirt for the final 35-7 score. The remainder of the game was finished out by the number two line for both teams.
After the contest Red Raider head coach Adam Hodge offered compliments for both his team and their opponents for the evening. He said, “Hunter Huss has some good players and their linemen can get downfield really good. We made some improvements over our performance last week and we did what we had to do tonight.”
The Huskies tallied 125 rushing yards on 44 carries and quarterback Javarion Brown completed 3 of 16 passes for and additional 34 yards to bring their total offensive output to 159 yards. Huss moved the chains twelve times, they were penalized twice for ten yards and they lost one fumble.
The Red Raiders accumulated 225 rushing yards on 50 carries and Patrick Blee completed three of six passes for 50 yards to push the Red Raiders offensive total to 275 yards. South Point had thirteen first downs, they were flagged four times for 20 yards and Blee tossed one interception.
Next week Hunter Huss will host Stuart Cramer while South Point will be at home to host the Crest Chargers in an important conference game with playoff seeding implications.