Game Notes and Scouting Report on South Point Red Raiders:Dudley vs. South Point, Friday night at Tarpley Stadium

More notes on South Point today, and I have to make sure we don’t call the Red Raiders South Park, because that might make Kenny mad…But, an interesting note that we posted yesterday was, Tyson “AJ Riley with 2,371 rushing yards, and 33 TD’s on 351 carries on the season, and versus the Eastern Guilford Wildcats, back on November 5 and in Round One of the NCHSAA 3-A West Playoffs, Riley ran for 372 yards, on 36 carries, and he scored five touchdowns….Riley can run, and they(the South Point Red Raider), like to run him a lot…

Eastern Guilford, lost to Dudley, 42-3, and the EG Wildcats fell to South Point, at Belmont, 41-31…Much closer game for Eastern, versus South Point, than what Eastern Guilford saw vs. Dudley…The EG QB, Tyreik Boyd, threw for 293 yards and two TD’s versus South Point, and that came on 19-24 passing for Boyd….Should give Dudley, a good indicator, of what might work vs. South Point on Friday night, at Dudley High School….

In what might be an inspirational moment for Dudley’s WR’s Mehki Wall and Nasir Newkirk, and others, we see where Khyair Lundy, from Eastern Guilford, was able to pull in 7 passes, for 175 yards and one touchdown, vs. South Point, and EG had very much success, throwing the ball, vs. the South Point Red Raiders….

The Crest Chargers, who played the South Point Red Raiders twice during the season, once in a the regular season, and then again in Round Four of the playoffs, Crest had success with the run and the pass against South Point in the team’s first meeting with the Crest Chargers running the ball 45 times for 225 yards, and then the Chargers threw the ball 11 times for 156 yards… Two TD’s by air, and one TD by ground for Crest vs. South Point, in that first get-together, won by Crest, 27-26…In the second matchup, with South Point and Crest, this past Friday night, Crest ran the ball 42 times and the Chargers attempted 11 passes, vs. South Point…One TD by way of the air, and 3 TD’s on the ground for Crest vs. South Point last Friday night, in the 34-27 overtime win by South Point, over Crest, at Crest…South Point did put the ball on the ground at least two times, and Crest was able to recover a South Point fumble…

That shows a bit how other teams have attacked South Point this season, and overall the Eastern Guilford Wildcats threw the ball 24 times, and ran the ball 30 times vs. South Point….293 yards through the air, and 150 yards on the ground for EG, vs. SP…Kings Mountain, another victim of the Dudley Panthers in the playoffs, Kings Mountain defeated South Point, 24-7 in the regular season, with the Kings Mountain Mountaineers running the ball 33 times, and throwing the ball 13 times vs. South Point…

The Eastern Guilford Wildcats still one of the most successful teams we have seen in throwing the football vs. South Point, this season….

Let’s take a closer look at how South Point sets up on defense…The leading tackler so far this season for the South Point Red Raiders has been Ryan Harris…Harris, 6’0/195, and a linebacker with 125 total tackles on the season…53 solo stops/tackles for Harris and 72 assists…Harris also with 2 QB Sacks, 2 Interceptions, 5 QB Hurries this year, a fumble recovery and 5 Pass Deflections…

The #2 tackler for South Point is Will Ross with 110 total tackles, and he has 57 solos and 53 assists…Ross is a 6’0/185 pound safety, for South Point…Ross with 2 Interceptions and 10 Pass Deflections…

The #3 tackler is Jaquis Rumph with 104 total tackles, with 56 solos and 48 assists…Rumph leads the team with 4 Interceptions, he has 2 Fumble Recoveries and 17 Pass Deflections…

#4 in Tackles for South Point is Matt Hastings with 93 total tackles, including 45 solos and 48 assists…Hastings with 2 QB Hurries from his linebacker spot…

#5 in total tackles is Ben Lunsford, a 5’10\200 junior outside linebacker, with 79 total tackles, plus he has caused one fumble, recovered one fumble, has 5 Pass Deflections, and has 5 QB hurries…

The #6 top tackler for South Point is Shane Wilson…Wilson is a 5’10/185 senior defensive tackle, with 68 total tackles and 28 are solo tackles with 2 QB Sacks, 1 caused fumble, and 11 QB Hurries, plus 6 Tackles for a Loss…

Next up is Xarique Culbreth, and he is the biggest Red Raider that we have seen so far…Culbreth at 6’2/265, and working on the defensive line…Culbreth with 65 total tackles, 32 solo tackles, and he has 4 QB Sacks, 2 caused fumbles and 1 QB Hurry…Tied with Culbreth in sacks are Josh Crowder and Aiden Ramirez, like Culbreth, with 4 sacks each…Ramirez listed at 6’2/240 along the defensive line…Ramirez leads the South Point team, with 16 QB Hurries…

I think one big difference in this game, and you see it in lot of the games, when you study the Dudley Panthers’ opposition….Dudley is BIG…The DBoyz lineman are very big, and almost always much bigger than the guys they are facing on the other side of the line…Dudley’s O-line and D-lines are very big, and that D-line is also very quick when it comes to getting into the opposing team’s offensive backfield…Then when the Dudley D-linemen get across, if the backs make them miss on the tackle, Dudley usually gets a piece of the back, and the Dudley linebackers, like Jaylen Richmond, Jeremiah Barnes, Braden McCall, and Kafi Abass are there in a hurry to clean up and make the defensive play/stop….Case-in-point, Dudley D-lineman Jhyheem Pittman at 6’3/295, Logan Wright at 5’11/282, Austin Lloyd at 6’235, other linemen Darius McClendon at 6’3/292, Jonathan Neal at 6’0/270, Trevon Humphrey at 6’4/272 and we could go on…The size can make a big difference late in a game, on one of those potential game-winning drives, where the offense needs that size for the late-game push, and the defense needs the size for the late-game stops/squash…Cardio makes a big difference too, but the cardio should be in place, at this late stage of the season….

Back to that South Point-Crest game, with SP on defense….Jaquis Rumph for South Point with 18 total tackles…12 solos/6 assists/1 Tackle for a Loss/1 Pass Deflection…Shane Wilson with 13 total tackles….7 solo/6 assists…Matt Hastings with 11 total tackles…Ryan Harris with 10 total tackles/1 TFL/1 interception/1 Pass Deflection…Xarique Culbreth with 9 total tackles…Ben Lunsford with 9 total tackles/2 TFL’s/1 Pass Deflection…Aiden Ramirez with 1 QB Sack….

More looks coming our way on Wednesday, and by Thursday we will start to look even closer at the key Dudley Panthers’ numbers for this game….