December 9, 2022

STRONG FINISH PROPELS RED RAIDERS TO IMPRESSIVE WIN

Second Half Surge Secures 42-7 Win for Red Raiders

By: Anthony Perkins

Belmont – The South Point Red Raiders hosted the Forestview Jaguars on Friday night and found themselves in a defensive struggle with a determined Jaguar team as the Red Raiders struggled to a 14-7 half time lead.   In the second half the Red Raiders were an entirely different team as they dominated play of both sides of the ball on their way to a 42-7 victory.

South Point’s Red Bone offense started off by putting the first points on the board when quarterback Patrick Blee capped off their first drive with a three-yard run.   Charles Birtwistle added his first of six PAT’s to give the Red Raiders a quick 7-0 lead.  Both teams traded the ball back and forth for the rest of the first quarter with neither team mounting a serious scoring threat.

With less that thirty seconds remaining in the first quarter South Point coughed up a fumble that Forestview recovered at the South Point 30-yard line to give the Jags excellent field position.  As the game spilled over into the second quarter Forestview advanced the ball to the South Point two with a first and goal.  After three plays had netted only one yard and facing a fourth and goal, fullback Christian Holland pushed the ball into the end-zone on a one yard run to knot the score at 7-7.

The Red Raiders recaptured the lead (14-7) when fullback Cam Medlock scored on a 1-yard fullback dive play with just over 20 seconds remaining in the first half.

Forestview had the first possession of the second half and they were moving the ball down the field looking to get right back in the fray.   However, on the seventh play of the drive disaster struck when a Forestview fumble at the 50 was recovered by South Point linebacker Winter Kincaid.   Seven plays later the Red Raiders took full advantage of the Forestview turnover when Patrick Blee scored on a 13-yard run pushing South Point out to a 21-7 lead.

The Red Raider defense went to work again on the next possession and forced a Forestview punt from inside their own twenty.  William Ross fielded the punt and returned it to the Forestview 22 to give the Red Raiders a very short field.  Three plays later Patrick Blee found daylight on the right side and galloped into the end-zone from ten yards out to give the Red Raiders an insurmountable 28-7 lead. 

Fullback Cam Medlock scored on a six-yard run just over a minute into the final quarter and LJ Crawford score on a 13-yard run with less than three minutes left in the contest.

The South Point rushing attack tallied 215 yards and their passing attack added 82 yards for a total of 297 yards and they moved the chains 18 times. The Red Raiders lost one of two fumbles and the team was penalized only one time for ten yards.

The Jaguar offense totaled 143 yards (81 yards rushing and 63 yards passing), they moved the chains 6 times but they lost two fumbles and they also tossed one interception.  The team was penalized six times for 44 yards.

Next week South Point will travel to North Gaston for the regular season finale and Forestview will be at home to face Stuart Cramer.

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