South View edges Gray's Creek, 13-3
Posted August 28, 2014
Updated August 30, 2014
Hope Mills, N.C. — South View coach Randy Ledford joked that he ordered some footballs with handles on them for the second half of Friday's Battle of the Bridge with next-door rival Gray's Creek, but they didn't arrive in time. Football: South View vs. Gray's Creek (Aug. 29, 2014)
Fortunately for Ledford and the Tigers, they did a better job of keeping the football in the second half as they got a good performance from their defense to escape with a 13-3 win over the Bears.
The game evened the record of both teams at 1-1.
It was turnovers galore on both sides of the ball in the first half. South View lost it once on a fumble and four times on Xavier Robinson pass interceptions. Gray's Creek turned it over on three fumbles.
Ledford wasn't sure where to put the blame.
"It's kids and they are going to make mistakes,'' Ledford said. "It was both teams in the first half. That's all we did. It's so humid it's hard to hold on, but that's no excuse. You've got to be able to protect the football.''
One of Robinson's four interceptions actually helped set South View up for its first touchdown. Isaiah Morris picked off the ball at the Gray's Creek 13, one of three for him in the game, to blunt a South View scoring threat.
But the Bears couldn't move the ball and punted it back to South View at the Gray's Creek 48.
From there South View needed seven plays, Robinson going the final yard for the touchdown and Joseph Guisto adding the extra point.
That lead stood until well into the third quarter as the Gray's Creek offense found it difficult to mount consistent drives on South View, which was routed by Scotland a week ago 52-0.
Highlights: South View vs. Gray's Creek (Aug. 29, 2014)
"The defense got after it a little more,'' Ledford said. "They were more fired up.''
Linebacker Jordan McNeil said the Tigers focused more on their film work.
"We paid deep attention to film,'' he said. "We were watching the guards pull, corners staying tight on their guys.''
The Bears' Calvin Boyd had his second straight 100-yard game, running for 104. For the most part, McNeil felt the Tigers handled Gray's Creek's running game.
"We read those plays well,'' he said.
Ledford thinks the Tiger offense still has a long way to go, but credited his team for a long drive after Gray's Creek got its only points of the game on a 25-yard field goal by Taylor Sawicki.
The Tigers marched 80 yards in 14 plays, Robinson throwing to his wide-open tight end Cameron Haddow-Green for 13 yards and a touchdown on the final play of the drive. With the Tigers ahead 13-3 and 5:41 left in the game that iced the win.
"It gave our defense time to rest,'' said Leford.
Gray's Creek did manage to drive inside the South View 20 in the final minutes, but a fourth-down halfback pass fell incomplete and South View ran out the clock.
Gray's Creek coach David Lovette said his team has some obvious offensive problems, and is still dealing with injuries, but added,"Excuses are for losers. We did not execute when we had to, bottom line.''
Lovette said the Bears lacked offensive flow after having some big plays against St. Pauls last week.
"South View had some kids playing tonight that didn't play last week,'' he said. "It made a difference.''