STORM HAS NO ANSWER FOR RED RAIDERS IN CONFERENCE OPENER
SOUTH POINT 47-14 VICTORS OVER STUART CRAMER
By: Anthony Perkins
Cramerton – The Stuart Cramer Storm opened their 2022 conference season at home against the South Point Red Raiders on Friday night and the visiting Red Raiders proved to be too much for Stuart Cramer with a 47-14 victory.
South Point kicked off to Cramer to open the game and Storm quarterback Justin Rocquemore was picked off on the first play from scrimmage. Immediately following the turnover and only 19 seconds into the game, South Point quarterback, Patrick Blee scored on a 25-yard quarterback keeper play that set the tone for the game from which Stuart Cramer never recovered.
South Point added to their lead on their next two possessions with Harrison McKinney scoring on a 3-yard run followed up by Dawson Tobin’s 45-yard run. Both of those scores gave the Red Raiders a 20-0 lead before Stuart Cramer even realized what had hit them.
However, the Storm found the end-zone on a 17-yard pass from Rocquemore to Tyler Ward to keep the game reasonably close with just over two minutes left in the opening stanza.
In the second quarter both teams traded touchdowns with South Point scoring first on a 2-yard run by fullback Cam Medlock. Stuart Cramer followed up with a 19-yard pass from Rocquemore to Isiah Johnson. South Point added one more score before the half on a 20-yard run by Medlock to give the Red Raiders a comfortable 33-14 lead at the intermission.
The Red Raiders added one more score in the third period on a 3-yard QB keeper by Patrick Blee while at the same time the Storm was forced to punt on their first possession, turned the ball over on down on their second possession and tossed an interception to end their third possession.
South Point held a 41-14 lead entering the fourth quarter when the game became a sloppy mess for both teams. The Red Raiders turned the ball over on an interception and a fumble for their first two possessions while Stuart Cramer was forced to punt on their first possession and tossed a pick with their second turn at offense. To make matters worse, mixed into those failed drives and turnovers were multiple penalties which added to the ugliness of the final quarter.
The Red Raiders scored on their final possession on a four-yard run by Medlock and the Storm ended the game on their next possession without posing a scoring threat.
At times both teams looked good and at times both teams looked really bad which sometimes happens after an “off” week that both teams had last week.
For the game Stuart Cramer had 61 yards rushing on 20 attempts. Justin Rocquemore completed 26 of 41 passes but he tossed two interceptions. Mark Odell completed 3 of 4 passes but he tossed one to the other team. Rocquemore’s favorite target was Isaiah Johnson with 13 receptions for 102 yards, Tyler Ward had five catches for 59 yards and Hunter Dye had 4 catches for 19 yards. The Storm accumulated 14 first downs, they were flagged six times for 70 yards and they suffered three turnovers
The Red Raiders rolled up 491 yards rushing on 54 attempts. Patrick Blee had 207 yards on 20 carries (2 td’s), Dawson Tobin had 109 yards on 12 carries (1 td), Cam Medlock had 90 yards on 13 carries (3 td’s), and Harrison McKinney had 56 yards on 6 carries (1 td). Blee completed 3 of 7 passes for an additional 34 yards to give the Red Raider offense a total of 525 yards. Patrick’s brother, Jackson Blee caught two of those passes for 31 yards and Medlock had one catch for three yards and kicker Charlie Birtwistle converted on 5 of 6 point after attempts. South Point moved the chains 26 times, they were assessed 135 yards on 12 penalties and they turned the ball over four times with three fumbles and one interception.
Next week South Point will host the Hunter Huss Huskies and Stuart Cramer will be at home again to entertain the Crest Chargers.
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