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August 25, 2013BOILING SPRINGS - South Point started strong to pull off a 35-16 victory over rival Crest Friday night.
The experience of South Point paid off early as this team looks in midseason form from the opening kickoff. The Red Raiders scored on the first possession of the game driving downfield using a five minute drive. This drive made an opening statement that wouldn't be countered by Crest. South Point scored their first touchdown with a three yard power run by Tyler Bray.
Crest already on their heels needed to swing momentum back in their favor but on the second play; a series of mistakes would begin. A high snap went over the quarterbacks head while blitzing linebacker Daishon Davis had a free run. Davis scooped the ball and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown.
Now still in the first quarter 6:02 left on the clock South Point had all the momentum leading 14-0 and wouldn't look back. South Point Head Coach Mickey Lineberger on the teams' quick start "I think we are pretty far along but we ought to be, we got a veteran ball club."
South Point extended their lead on the next possession scoring quickly on a four play 90 yard drive highlighted by an 80 yard run on the option by QB Jaquan Brooks. The drive was finished off by Bray from the goal line two plays later.
"The Offensive line did really good; I couldn't have done it without them. My two touchdowns was mainly Taylor Ginn and Josh Perrigo we ran a plays right off their butts. They really pushed the line for me to run in" said Bray.
Heading into the second quarter Crest trailing 21-0 had the ball and started to get the offense moving. Their drive consisted of good runs from RB Jalin Moore; they started taking snaps in the wildcat formation. A mixture of runs led them into the red zone where another bad snap would halt the drive. Crest settled for a 40 yard field goal from kicker Alex Trejo cutting the lead to 21-3 early in second quarter.
South Point started their next drive deep in their own territory, the Crest defense looked inspired and alive stopping South Point for the first time all night. On 4th and 15 is where the craziest play of the game happened.
Crest charged hard after Bray as he set to punt, the kick is blocked. Players from both teams all dive for a loose ball, a pile ensues then all of a sudden the ball pops out the side. Wing Back Diontrea King scooped the ball up and ran over 30 yards picking up a first down for South Point. South Point would continue on the drive punishing Crest with a seven yard touchdown run by Brooks.
South Point had pushed their lead up to 28-3 and would hold that lead into the halftime break.
"They are a really good football team. When you make mistakes they are going to punish you, and they punished us tonight," said Crest Head Coach Mark Barnes.
Crest started the second half looking like a much better team on both sides of the ball. With Moore struggling with a slight injury they relied more on sophomore back Tre Harbison to carry the load.
Harbison paced the Crest offense throughout the second half and finished with 132 yards and a touchdown. He scored early in the second half cutting the South Point lead to 28-9.
South Point would respond quickly with Brooks connecting on a 41 yard pass. The very next play Brooks finished the drive with a nine yard touchdown run.
Crest scored again on the next possession finished by Moore from four yards out. Crest cut the lead to 35-16 still in the 3rd quarter. This would be the final result of the game with mistakes coming from both teams in the final period on costly turnovers on fumbled snaps.
South Point led from start to finish, but coach Lineberger is always looking for more, "The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement." Brooks finished with 149 yards and Bray with 113 both added two touchdowns on the night.
South Point (1-0) will play at Lincolnton next week. Lineberger said, "Lincolnton will be big and physical; they will be big and tough. We have been playing them since 1969 and they always play us tough."
Crest (0-1) will travel to Ashbrook next Friday. "I'm proud of our players; people in our community just need to relax. We will be great before this year is over with. We weren't great tonight, but we did great things in spurts tonight. When you are young we will stay the course and before this year is over with we expect to be competing very highly," said Barnes.
South Point now leads the All-Time series 19-10 over Crest.
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