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After 14-0 win over Lincolnton South Point preps for Patriotism Bowl

Javus Davis leads the offense. Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders

By John Wilson

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The South Point Red Raiders move to 1-1 after a 14-0 win over the Lincolnton Wolves on Friday night.

While the scoreboard told the story, it didn’t tell the whole story. 

For South Point the Lincolnton game turned out to be a case of what you see isn’t always what you get.

In preparing for the game the South Point players reviewed tape of Lincolnton’s performance against Stuart Cramer.

The Red Raiders soon found that the team that showed up to play on Friday night wasn’t the same team they had seen on tape.

“I think we started a little slow,” head coach Adams Hodge said. “We were a little flat coming out. Lincolnton always plays better in their second game. They were better on the field compared to the tape.”

There was no score in the first quarter, but that all changed when South Point took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when fullback Naseem Jones ripped off a 30-yard touchdown run.

In third-quarter action South Point quarterback, Javus Davis scored from five yards out to make it 14-0 South Point.

The Davis TD proved to be the final points of the game. 

In the end, the Red Raiders rolled out 302 yards of total offense against Lincolnton. Most of that coming from the ground game. 

South Point’s top offensive performer was Naseem Jones who had 127 yards off of 20 carries and a touchdown.

On the defensive side of the board, the Red Raiders limited the Lincolnton offense to 164 yards of total offense. 

In the trenches, the Red Raiders crippled the Wolves ground game. Lincolnton only mustered 63 yards off 24 carries.

Many pundits would have expected South Point to have won by a larger margin. In a way, this win may serve as a much-needed lesson in preparation.

In fact, game prep is a point that coach Hodge intends to drive home this week.

“We need to do a better job getting ready,” Hodge went on to say. “No matter who we face. We just can’t watch the tape. We have to work harder then we did. We can’t worry about who we’re playing we just need to be prepared.”

The coache’s comments reflect the fact that he knows what his team is capable of. Hodge is pushing for the team to stay focused and deliver their best.

Coach Hodge thinks that the Red Raiders still have some things that they need to work on. However, he is also happy with Friday night’s end result.

“At the end of the day we won the game,” Hodge said. “They never scored. We fought hard and we won the game.”

This week’s cautionary tale on preparation couldn’t come at a better time. 

This week the Red Raiders will be hosting the 2-0 Clover Eagles in the 8th annual Patriotism Bowl.

The Patriotism Bowl is sponsored by the Carolinas Freedom Foundation.

The mission of the Carolinas Freedom Foundation is to inspire patriotism, citizenship and honor the men and women who have served in the military or as first responders.

The Patriotism Bowl is a special event and the Red Raiders are proud of the fact that they were selected to host this year’s game.

 In many ways, this game will have a college bowl-like atmosphere. The Eagles and Red Raiders will even be decked out in special camouflage jerseys for the game.

There will be a host of pregame activities that are not typical of a high school football game. For example, the game ball will be flown in by helicopter.

Hodge wants his players to enjoy the moment but he also wants them to remember there is a game to play.

“In the end, there are 48 minutes of football to play,” Hodge stressed. 

The 8th Annual Patriotism Bowl will be held at Lineberger Stadium on Friday night. The gates open at 5:30 PM, the pregame show is at 7 PM, and kickoff is at 7:30 PM.