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South Point blasts past East Gaston 54-6

Oct 10, 2019 09:48AM

By John Wilson

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After a tough 30-28 loss to Burns the South Point Red Raiders football team bounced back by crushing the visiting East Gaston Warriors 54-6.

It was Black Friday at South Point for this game and Red Raiders were decked out in the traditional all black uniforms. 

Right from the start of the game the Red Raiders started to slam their long-time rivals and never gave up.

South Point jumped out and took an early lead off of a pair of long runs by Devon King and Ray Rose.

King punched it in for 50 yards at while Rose broke off a 42 yard touchdown run with three minutes left to go in the quarter.

A pair of Dylan Nicks PATS put the Red Raiders up 14-0.

In the second quarter South Point’s run game went into overdrive as Big Red scored three big touchdown runs. For starters, Ray Rose lit the scoreboard up with another pair of long runs. This time, Rose jetted into the end-zone from 42 and 51 yards out. With under two minutes left to go in the half Hunter Hogue crashed into the end zone from one yard out to give the Red Raiders a 33-0 lead. Another successful PAT by Dylan Nicks put the score at 34-0 South Point at halftime.

As the third quarter got underway everything was still all South Point.  As it turned out Hogue wasn’t done for the night. With about nine minutes to go in the third quarter, Hogue broke off a long run of his own. This one from 31 yards out. A Nicks PAT put the Red Raiders up 41-0.

Right after Hogue’s score the Red Raiders made it back into the end zone. This time with a 15 yard Devon King run. King’s run put South Point up 47-0.

The South Point triple option was definitely on fire as the Red Raiders had no problem moving the ball. South Point ended the night with 440 yards of total offense. Almost all of it on the ground as the Red Raiders ran over EG averaging 13 yards a carry.

In the fourth quarter KJ Dagout scored the Warriors only points of the night with a touchdown run. With about seven minutes to go to the Red Raiders were still in control with a commanding 47-6 lead. The final points of the night came off of a Will Rhinehart 20 yard touchdown run and a Daniel O’Hanlon PAT.

Ray Rose had a stellar night under center for South Point. Rose carried the ball nine times for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Hunter Hogue had a pretty good night as well raking up 69 yards off of seven carries and a pair of touchdowns.

The win was definitely a step in the right direction for the 3-4 Red Raiders.

“I thought we played well,” head coach Adam Hodge said. “The offense played well as a unit. The team is getting better.”

Once the game was well in hand, South Point started to rotate key players to give others a shot at some varsity playing time.

“We played a lot of guys and that’s good for depth,” Hodge added.

South Point played well on both sides of the ball. The Red Raider defense definitely had a good night holding the Warriors to 147 yards of total offense.

This week South Point draws a bye. The staff will work on a few things and take advantage of the time off.

“The bye week gives us an opportunity to get some guys healed up,”  Hodge said.

This week the 0-6 Warriors will travel to Rutherfordton to take on the 4-3 R-S Central Hilltoppers.