Maiden roughs up South
The South Caldwell Spartans dropped to 2-2 on the season after suffering a 38-14 loss to Maiden on Friday in Sawmills.
"We're going to evaluate our players and continue to practice and get better," South head coach Butch Carter said. "I thought we ran the ball and played better defense in the second half. It's time to roll up our sleeves and get ready for our first conference game."
South received the opening kickoff and turned the ball over on an interception just its fifth play from scrimmage. The interception was one of three turnovers on the day for the Spartans. Following the interception, Maiden took just five plays to score. Xzavion Huff scored on a six-yard run to give the Blue Devils a quick 7-0 lead.
Maiden (4-0) struck again on its very next possession. Tony Hernandez hit a 27-yard field goal to extend the lead to 10-0.
After the Spartans second punt of the day, the Blue Devils found the end zone again, this time on a 13-yard pass from Jake McRee to Kyle Kelly to make the score 17-0 early in the second quarter.
On the ensuing South possession, the Spartans turned the ball over once again on the third play of the drive. Maiden capitalized on the turnover with a 20-yard strike from McRee to Justus Woods to take a 24-0 advantage with 6:16 remaining in the first half.
The Spartans finally got on the board with 2:40 left in the half on a two-yard run by quarterback Trevar Soles. However, Maiden fired right back when McRee threw his third touchdown of the day, this one to T.J. Vick from 27 yards out. The Blue Devils went into the half with a commanding 31-7 lead.
In the fourth quarter, McRee threw his fourth touchdown of the day. He hooked up with Kelly for the second time on a 53-yard touchdown early in the fourth.
The Spartans scored their only other touchdown with 3:38 to play in the game. Mason Sides scored on a run from three yards out.
Maiden was the final non-conference of the season for the Spartans. South Caldwell will travel to Hibriten next Friday to play for the Caldwell County championship.
MAIDEN 38, SOUTH CALDWELL 14
MAIDEN^10 ^21 ^0 ^7 – 38
SOUTH CALDWELL^0 ^7 ^0 ^7 – 14
M — Xzavion Huff 9 run (Tony Hernandez kick), 7:36.
M —Hernandez 27 field goal, 4:36.
M — Kyle Kelly 13 pass from Jake McRee (Hernandez kick), 9:39.
M — Justus Woods 20 pass from Jake (Hernandez kick), 6:16.
SC — Trevar Soles 2 run (Nick Mathews kick), 2:40.
M — T.J. Vick 27 pass from McRee (Hernandez kick),:38.
M —Kelly 53 pass from McRee (Hernandez kick), 11:32.
SC — Mason Sides 3 run (Mathews kick), 3:38.
RUSHING — Maiden: Ricky Taylor 12-90, Xzavion Huff 11-36, T.J. Vick 3-16, Kyle Kelly 1-(-2), Jake McRee 2-(-8). South Caldwell: Mason Sides 11-87, Gavin Reed 16-79, Adam Watson 6-24, Garrison Drum 2-22, Nick Mathews 2-17, Elijah Davis 3-12, Trevar Soles 7-(-8), Team 1-(-2).
PASSING — Maiden: Jake McRee 8-16-0, 209 yards, Ricky Taylor 0-1-0, 0 yards. South Caldwell: Trevar Soles 4-10-1, 35 yards.
RECEIVING — Maiden: Kyle Kelly 2-66, Justus Woods 2-53, Xzavion Huff 1-36, T.J. Vick 1-27, Matt Fowler 2-27. South Caldwell: Garrison Drum 2-25, Noah Bradshaw 1-7, Nick Mathews 1-3.