July 12, 2024



By: Anthony Perkins

Belmont – The South Point Red Raiders hosted the East Gaston Warriors on Friday night after a nearly 45-minute lightening delay to kick off the second week of the 2022 football season.

Early on the game looked like it might be a tight struggle after the Warriors took the opening kick-off and quickly advanced the ball past mid-field before the Red Raider defense made some adjustments and forced an East Gaston punt.  The Red Raiders started their first possession at their own 39 after they blocked the East Gaston punt attempt.

South Point then went on a ten play, 61 yard drive that fullback Cam Medlock capped off with a 9-yard run to give the Red Raiders an early 7-0 lead after Charles Birtwistle added the extra point.

After an East Gaston three and out, South Point started their next possession at their own 38.  The Red Raiders then went on a nine-play drive that freshman quarterback Patrick Blee capped off with a sweet 21-yard quarterback keeper run to push the South Point lead to 14-0.  Blee had stepped in at quarterback last week late in the second half after starting quarterback Elijah Phifer went out with an injury against Lincolnton.  Blee had an awesome game with 109 rushing yards on seven carries, two touchdown runs and one touchdown pass.

East Gaston controlled the ball for most of the second quarter but their offense was unable to get into the end-zone although they did get inside the South Point 20 on one drive.  On the other hand, South Point had the ball for only 47 seconds of the second quarter but they made the most of their two possessions by scoring both times.  The first score came on a one play drive where Blee broke free down the left side and scored on a 53-yard jaunt.  The second score came on a 46-yard pass from Blee to Aaron Chaney on a two-play drive.  Blee’s pass play was set up by a brilliant 36-yard by Cam Medlock that started the drive.

Fullback Cam Medlock scored on a five-yard run after less than a minute had ticked off the clock on the Red Raiders opening possession of the second half to give the Red Raiders a comfortable 34-0 lead.  The Red Raiders added two more scores in the third quarter to push the lead out to a commanding 48-0 advantage; Colby Hamilton scored first on a 41-yard pass from reserve QB Ashton Green and reserve wingback Gavin Smith scored on a 1-yard run that he set up on a dazzling 47-yard run down the right-side line on the previous play.

East Gaston added their lone score late in the game following a South Point fumble inside the Red Raider five.

After the game South Point head coach Adam Hodge said, “This was a complete group effort and a team win.  We had some players that stepped and had big games and some starters stepped in and did what they were supposed to do and they had big games.  We got to play a lot of players tonight and that can pay off later on.”

For the game, the visiting Warriors had 111 rushing yards on 44 carries.  Quarterback Trent Sherrill went 11-21-0 in the passing attack for 69.  East Gaston lost one of three fumbles, they were flagged two times for 15 yards and they moved the chains 13 times.

The Red Raiders accumulated 339 yards rushing in 35 attempts.  Blee and Green combined for a 2-2-0 mark in the South Point passing attack for 87 yards and two touchdowns, South Point lost one of three fumbles, they were penalized eight times for 90 yards and they moved the sticks 16 times.

Next week the Warriors will be at home to take on the Stuart Cramer Storm and the Red Raiders will be at home to face the RS Central Hilltoppers.


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