Thursday, October 6, 2016

Early Special Teams Gaffe Sets Up South Point As The Red Raiders Hammer Ashbrook

                After losing a close one to Hunter Huss last week in a game that the Red Raiders were plagued by turnovers, South Point stormed back with a vengeance. South Point blew out Ashbrook tonight 45-12 sending the Red Raiders to 2-1 in conference play and 3-4 overall.

                Both offenses were stopped on the first series. But it was a mistake by Ashbrook’s special teams unit that set the tone for this game. Jacquez Armstrong muffed a punt deep in Ashbrook territory. Matthew Robinson of South Point recovered the fumble. Jake Alexander took it in from six yards out to put South Point on the board. Thomas Lempereur’s kick made it 7-0.

                The Red Raiders extended their lead with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Scottie Lee to Nathan Silver. Lempereur’s kick made it 14-0. The Green Wave offense would come to life in the second quarter. British Brooks scored on a one-yard touchdown run to cut the Red Raiders lead to 14-6. The extra point kick failed, however.

                South Point just kept pouring it on in the first half. Ty Tinker’s 49-yard touchdown run and Lee’s seven-yard touchdown pass to Nick Muse gave the Red Raiders a dominant 28-6 lead at half-time.

                Things started off good for the Green Wave in the second half. They stopped South Point on their first drive. After that, Brooks gave Ashbrook another touchdown with a 57-yard run. The two-point conversion would fail, though. That would be all the fun Ashbrook would have.

                Tinker would score two more touchdowns for South Point, one from one-yard out and the last one from 12-yards out. Lempereur also kicked a 28-yard field goal. He was 6-for-6 on extra point kicks.

                “We needed a big win and we got a big win.” said South Point head coach Mickey Lineberger “I was proud of the way our young men competed. I am proud of the way when we had a lot of people injured and hurt, we handled adversity tonight. We felt like we gave one away last week against Huss. We did a good job of making something good happen.”

                “I think everybody played in all three phases of the game (kicking game, defense and offense). I think that’s what set us up.” Lineberger said when asked about the fumble that set up South Point’s first score “It’s great to get a break in special teams like that in that kind of thing. I thought the effort was there tonight.”

                “We beat ourselves last week. We had too many turnovers and that was the difference this week. The way we competed was better. We had a little chip on our shoulders.” Lineberger said.

                “You can’t make the mistakes we made and have a chance to win against a team like that.” said Ashbrook head coach Greg Hill “We make too many mistakes and we can’t stop the bleeding once it starts. We cannot regroup at all. We got to get better. Our kids have to understand how to win.”

                “It was a tale of two different teams.” Hill said about their win last week at North Gaston and his team’s loss this week “Last week, we were able to get stops, defense was rested and our offense was able to stay on the field. This week, it’s just the opposite. We couldn’t make first downs when we needed to make them and defensively, we didn’t get off the field when we needed to get off the field. We had some drops and some special teams blunders. It’s very frustrating. I really thought we would give them a run for their money.”

                Ty Tinker led South Point with 150 yards rushing and three touchdowns. British Brooks led Ashbrook with 96 yards and two touchdowns. South Point (3-4)(2-1) will host Forestview (4-2)(2-0) next Friday. Ashbrook (2-5)(1-2) will travel to East Gaston (2-4)(1-1).

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