The fans might have liked it when South Pointe and Blythewood combined for 40 points in the first quarter of Fridays Week 1 contest, but Stallions coach Strait Herron wasnt among those enjoying the fun.
Fortunately, South Pointe straightened out and held the Bengals scoreless in the second half en route to a 47-24 win.
I dont know if we came out so pumped up in the first half that we lost our adrenaline, Herron said. But our front really exploded in the second half.
The teams combined for 555 total yards in the first half, which started with that wacky first quarter.
Blythewoods Javon Smith threw a 42-yard strike for a touchdown to Lynard Jamison on the first play from scrimmage. Smith later threw a 28-yard touchdown to Deyon Grayer on the last play of the quarter.
Thats a really good Blythewood team, Herron said. We knew we were going to have a challenge.
South Pointe, meanwhile, took advantage of three highlight-reel touchdowns. Marveon Mobley jumped an out route for an 82-yard interception return for a score. Traevon Hinton added a second pick-six on Smiths next pass.
Tay Blake topped it off with a 90-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Johnson. South Pointe led 23-17 after one quarter, one in which Smith and Blake combined for 320 passing yards.
I saw the safety cheat over the middle and went and got the ball, Johnson said of the long-distance touchdown.
Kyle Dix added his second field goal at the 9:07 mark, but Blythewoods Anthony Peak returned the ensuing kick 85 yards for a score. Bengals linebacker Darrin Ransome added a goal-line interception, and South Pointe held a 26-24 lead at halftime.
The Stallions dominated the second half. Zeek Rodneys sack in the third quarter provided solid field possession, and Blake made good with a 14-yard touchdown run on a keeper for a 33-24 lead.
South Pointe 47, Blythewood 24
B-Javon Smith 42 pass to Lynard Jamsion (Greg Huegel kick)
SP-Kyle Dix 33 field goal
SP-Marveon Mobley 68 interception return (kick failed)
SP-Traevon Hinton 36 interception return (Dix kick)
B-Huegel 30 field goal
SP-Blake 90 pass to Anthony Johnson (Dix kick)
B-Smith 28 pass to Deyon Grayer (Huegel kick)
SP-Dix 27 field goal
B-Aaron Peak 85 kick return (Huegel kick)
SP-Blake 14 run (Dix kick)
SP-Blake 30 pass to Johnson (Dix kick)
SP-Vinny Emanuele 6 run (Dix kick)
RUSHING BLYTHEWOOD: Smith 16-37, Jamison 5-17, Osei Thomas 6-14, Dabreon Benson 4-7, Joseph Richardson 4-0. SOUTH POINTE: Josh Brice 26-97, Emanuele 8-31, Blake 7-29, Jaquavion Moore 1-27, Deshawn Davis 1-2, Shawn McCullough 2-8, Quay Hope 1-6, Tony Cherry 1-2.
PASSING BLYTHEWOOD: Smith 14-25-2, 180 yards; David Israel 0-1-0, 0 yards. SOUTH POINTE: Blake 16-27-1, 330 yards; Zaylin Burris 1-1-0, 2 yards.
RECEIVING BLYTHEWOOD: Jamison 4-95, Jacob Rabon 6-45, Grayer 2-35, Trae Churn 1-8, Reed Branham 1-7. SOUTH POINTE: Johnson 4-221, Kyle Brandt 7-90, Montez McCullough 1-10, Davis 2-9, Emanuele 1-2, Daquan Robinson 1-0.
RECORDS Blythewood 0-1; South Pointe 2-0.