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Late field goal propels Burns past South Point

Oct 03, 2019 09:57AM ● By Carolyn Henwood

A clash about to happen. The South Point High football team went to Fallston last Friday and played Burns High. The final score was Burns 30 and the Red Raiders 28. See more photos in the October 3, 2019 issue of Banner-News or online e-edition. Photos by Calvin Craig/Superraiders

By John Wilson

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In football, many things can be broken down in the simplest of terms. 

Catchphrases like “It ain’t over till it’s over” or “The scoreboard doesn’t lie” are football mainstays. 

After South Point’s 30-28 loss to Burns you can add another one to that list.

“We just lost, it happens sometimes.”

That phrase came from South Point head coach Adam Hodge as he summed up the game.

Coach Hodge’s words may not be as catchy or as well known but it still carries some weight. 

Sometimes you can fight hard and overcome huge obstacles in a game and still end up on the losing end of the scoreboard.

That’s what happened to South Point on Friday night.

Early in the game, it looked like the Red Raiders were going to take a whooping.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead. However, the Red Raiders didn’t give up. They fought back.

A five-yard touchdown run by Hunter Hogue and a Javus Davis to Ray Rose 21-yard touchdown pass South Point tied things up before the half.

In the third quarter, both defenses stood their ground and the score remained tied up 14-14.

In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs and Red Raiders went at it hard.

Each team scored matching touchdowns in a seesaw of action.

Jammari Lewis and Ray Rose both scored on touchdown runs. Lewis from 12 yards out and Rose from 43 yards to boost the South Point cause.

In the exchange of PAT attempts after the scores, South Point had an edge.

Carson Smith nailed his kicks while Burns whiffed on one.

So with less than three minutes to go South Point was up 28-27.

However, this game was not over.

Burns pushed the ball down the field and with 30 seconds on the clock the game was decided by a 28-yard Bulldog field goal.

It was a tough loss, but South Point showed heart.

“I thought we played hard,” head coach Adam Hodge said. “They have a very good team and a dangerous running back. We just gave up too many big plays.”

All losses are disappointing, but the Red Raiders showed that in the big picture they are still in the hunt. 

Burns is one of the top teams in the Southwestern 2A. In this showdown, Big Red may have lost, but they stood their ground.

The Red Raiders were productive on the ground and in the air. Red Raider quarterbacks went eight for 11 for 126 yards and a TD. South Point also had a good day carrying the ball. South Point backs ground out 269 yards of rushing offense. South Point ended the game with 395 yards of total offense.

Ray Rose is showing that he is a real multi-purpose player. Against Burns, Rose did a bit of everything. He played QB and wide receiver. He ran for a TD and was also on the receiving end of a TD pass. 

On the defensive side of things, Devon King and Omari Hunt were once again Big Red’s top tacklers. King had 11 stops while Hunt had nine. 

There’s still a lot of football yet to play. South Point’s remaining conference schedule will produce some must-see football.

In his no-frills postgame comments coach, Hodge laid it all out. 

“It was a good high school football game,” coach Hodge added. “They kicked the field goal and won.”

The fact that his team didn’t roll over when facing a 14-0 deficit did not go unnoticed by the coach.

“These kids played hard, they could have easily given up when it was 14-0,” Hodge stated. “They didn’t. They fought hard. We just lost. It happens sometimes.”

This week the Red Raiders will host East Gaston for Black Friday.