South routs St. Stephens
As South Caldwell High celebrated its homecoming, the Spartans put points on the scoreboard early and often, before cruising to a 44-0 victory over the Indians of St. Stephens.
The Spartans began their first drive at their own 24 but just 90 seconds later found the end zone as Adam Watson rushed through the middle for a 3-yard touchdown run. The big play of the drive was Trevor Soles throwing deep down the sideline to Gavin Reed for a 58-yard pass and catch.
The Indian’s first possession ended as Reed got his fingertips on a Tommy Vo punt attempt and the Spartans took over on the Indian 28-yard line.
Reed capped off the ensuing drive with a 3-yard run off the right side to put the Spartans up 13-0.
After St. Stephens turned the ball over downs, the Spartans rushing attack dominated the line of scrimmage once again. Soles ended a nine play, six minute drive with bootleg run from five yards out by steamrolling a Indian defender at the goal line to take a 20-0 lead.
The Indian hurry-up offense had success as they marched from their own 20-yard line to Spartan territory with under a minute to play in the first half. But it was Reed once again turning the tide as he picked off a Spencer Brown overthrown ball.
With 9.0 left before halftime, it was JV call-up Cias Hawkins taking a pitch up the right sideline and scampering for a 75-yard touchdown to extend the Spartan lead to 27-0 at the half.
The Spartan defense forced a St. Stephens punt on the first possession of the second half and the Spartan rushing attack went to work again. Mason Sides took a Soles handoff 60 yards down to the Indian 3-yard line. On the next play from scrimmage it was Watson up the middle for the touchdown and the lead extended to 34-0.
On the next offensive drive for South Caldwell, it was once again Hawkins showing his explosive rushing ability as he broke multiple Indian tackles and ran 46-yards for the touchdown.
Alex Burch capped off the Spartan scoring barrage with a 30-yard field goal with 4:42 left in the fourth.
The Spartan defense smothered St. Stephens only allowing a modest 134 of total offense. South Caldwell also caused a pair of Indian turnovers while not committing one.
The Spartan offense known more for their grinding offense, exploded for five plays for over 40 yards.
With the win, the Spartans are officially playoff eligible and have a big match-ups the next two weeks with the Fred T. Foard in Newton next week and home for Senior Night versus rival Watauga in two weeks.
Spartan head coach, Butch Carter said his troops know what was at stake for them. “We are treating every game like its a playoff game for us right now. And I have been proud of the hard work and enthusiasm everyone has continued to work with in practice. It showed tonight.”
SOUTH CALDWELL 44, ST. STEPHENS 0
First Downs, ^8^7
ST. STEPHENS^0^0^0^0 – 0
SOUTH CALDWELL^13^14^14^3 – 44
SC — Adam Watson 3 run (run failed) 10:34.
SC — Reed 3 run (Burch kick) 6:18.
SC — Trevor Soles 5 run (Burch kick) 9:17.
SC — Cias Hawkins 75 run (Burch kick) 0.0.
SC — Watson 2 run (Burch kick) 6:13.
SC — Hawkins 46 run (Burch kick) 1:51.
SC — Alex Burch 30 FG 4:42.
RUSHING - St. Stephens: Devin Robinson 9-11, Davon Richardson 4-8, Spencer Brown 6-(-22), JP Kinston 2-16, Bryson Kirby 1-3. South Caldwell: Adam Watson 7-21, Gavin Reed 12-68, Nick Hudson 5-33, Cameron Wright 1-5, Mason Sides 8-107, Trevor Soles 2-3, Butter Weaver 1-(-7), Peter Lambert 5-17.
PASSING - St. Stephens: Brown 8-21-1, 118 yards. South Caldwell: Soles 5-6-0 96 yards.
RECEIVING - St. Stephens: Marcus Payne, 2-38, Richardson 5-47, DJ Lynch 1-33. South Caldwell: Reed 1-58, Nick Mathews 2-19, Elijah Davis 2-19.