South Point runs over Cramer 35-0
Sep 26, 2019 12:12PM
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by John Wilson
It’s just too early in the football season to say that any individual game is a must-win.
However, for different reasons Friday night’s Stuart Cramer-South Point matchup was important.
Heading into the game South Point was 1-3, while Cramer was 2-2.
South Point had lost two games in a row and was struggling to keep their heralded triple-option running attack on track.
For their part, the Storm was battling inconsistency.
At times Cramer was playing some solid football. At others, they just were not getting things done.
It would be fair to say that this game was one that both teams wanted to win.
To add to the pregame hype, many were wondering if this could possibly be the year that Cramer finally beat South Point.
When all was said and done South Point shut down any talk of this being Cramer’s year by beating the Storm 35-0.
On top of that, the win may just have changed the trajectory of the Red Raiders season.
In the first few minutes of the game, the action started a bit slow.
Neither team scored in the first quarter, but South Point showed that they could move the ball.
In an effort to get the running game going the Red Raiders switched things up by playing three different players at quarterback.
Javus Davis, Ray Rose, and Devon King all took snaps at QB.
In the second quarter, those tweaks really started to pay off when South Point scored 21 unanswered points off of touchdown runs by Jammari Lewis, Javus Davis and Ray Rose.
The Red Raiders went into the locker room at the half up 21-0.
Once the second half got underway the Red Raiders kept the pressure on.
Early in the third quarter, Ray Rose scored his second touchdown of the evening with a six-yard run.
After Rose’s TD a Carson Smith PAT put South Point up 28-0.
With the South Point offense humming along it was the defense’s turn to take care of business on their side of the ball.
The Red Raider defense stood tall and delivered.
Simply put, the South Point defense gave Cramer nothing to work with.
Big Red’s defense kept a lid on the Cramer passing attack and limited Cramer runners to only 2.8 yards a carry.
In all the Storm was held to only 167 yards of total offense.
Before the end of the third South Point tacked on another touchdown when Devon King punched it in from one yard out.
After the King TD, Carson Smith nailed his fifth PAT of the night to extend the Red Raiders lead to 35-0.
In the fourth quarter, things slowed down with South Point throttling back some and Cramer unable to make it to the end zone.
The game ended with South Point winning 35-0.
By shuffling different quarterbacks into the mix South Point really gave their running game a much-needed boost.
Head coach Adam Hodge was happy with the win and how things worked out by mixing things up.
“Boys played good,” Hodge said “It’s good to get the win. We played a bunch of guys at different positions.”
Overall, the Red Raiders amassed 465 yards of offense. All of which came from the ground game.
For the entire game, the Red Raiders just kept pounding the ball.
So how did the Red Raiders pile up that many yards?
Well, there was no magic wand at play. In fact, the explanation is as simple as coach Hodge’s answer.
“Blocking better and running harder,” Hodge said.
On Friday night the South Point ball carriers and offense line worked together like a well-oiled machine.
The question now is can they keep it up?
This week South Point will be on the road as they open their Southwestern Conference against Burns.
The 3-1 Bulldogs are a new addition to the conference.
Last year Burns petitioned the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) to be reclassified from a 3A school to a 2A one. The NCHSAA granted that request and the Bulldogs moved from the Big South 3A to the Southwestern 2A.
Burns will be a tough opponent. To beat the Bulldogs, South Point will need to build on the momentum they established this week and keep on pushing forward.
Coach Hodge knows what needs to be done to keep things going in the right direction.
“We still have to get better,” Hodge stressed. “Burns has a good team. Their RB is dangerous.”
Cramer also opens up their Big South 3A Conference schedule with a home game against the 5-0 undefeated Kings Mountain Mountaineers.
The Storm will need to figure some things out before facing Kings Mountain and the other members of the Big South.
While the South Point win definitely gave the Red Raiders a platform to move forward, it’s yet to be determined how Cramer will handle this tough loss.
The last two games showed that what was a tough Storm defense is now vulnerable to the run.
Of course, the play of the defense isn’t the only thing Cramer needs to address.
Since beating East Gaston two weeks ago the Cramer offense has done little to help out.
To be competitive in the Big South the Storm offense and defense will need to be more productive.
This week’s loss is not the end of the world for the Storm. Not by a long shot.
Cramer has some solid players. At 2-3 the Storm still have time to figure things out.
However, Cramer can’t wait too long. The next few conference games will be critical. Let’s see if Cramer can make some adjustments and get back on track.