When Zy Williams stuffed Vance quarterback Omar Baker on a broken play late Friday night, the South Pointe sideline must have collectively rolled its eyes.
Earlier in the lightning-delayed game, the host Stallions couldn’t corral Baker on a fourth and 16 when he broke a slew of tackles en route to a 38-yard touchdown to put Vance up 14-7. And they couldn’t wrap him up on a third and 24 several drives later when he hit a wide open Myles Dorn for a 60-yard touchdown. Baker finished the night with 134 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns and the long touchdown pass, helping Vance deal South Pointe its second straight loss, 28-7.
“When we went into the locker room for the weather delay, we told the guys we wanted somebody to come out fighting,” said Vance coach Aaron Brand. “We wanted some guys to come out here and fight for everything they have on the football field, and our quarterback was the main one that took it upon himself. So we had to run the quarterback a little bit and he really showed up tonight.”
The visiting Cougars (3-1) finished the night with 295 yards on the ground, averaging 7.4 yards per pop. Baker was not alone in tormenting the South Pointe (2-2) defense; Donnavan Spencer finished with 135 yards on 20 carries and a four-yard touchdown in the first half that tied the score at 7 and set off a run of 28 unanswered points by Vance.
The back-breakers were two scores against steep down and distance odds in the third quarter. Baker’s mazy run gave Vance a 14-7 lead, and gave the South Pointe defensive coaches plenty to look at in film study on Monday.
“Our wide receiver coach knew it was gonna work. I don’t know why he said that,” said Brand afterward, grinning.
South Pointe turned the ball over on downs twice, sandwiching a punt, while Dorn slipped behind the Stallion rearguard for a 60-yard score that punished the hosts.
“I thought we played well,” said South Pointe coach Strait Herron, whose team lost two straight for the first time since 2009. “But we missed six tackles on one play, and then a free safety is not in the middle of the field on a basic three coverage. When you make mistakes like that, you’re gonna get beat.”
For the second straight week, the Stallions scored first.
South Pointe’s opportunism reared up with about five minutes left in the first quarter. After a second consecutive three-and-out, Jason Hutches’ punt was booted by the Cougar return man. The loose ball bounced around, only for South Pointe’s Dontae Thompson to surface with it, giving South Pointe possession at the Vance 27. Three plays later, Zaylin Burris tunneled in from a yard away to make it 7-0.
The Cougars moved the ball fluidly in the first half, even with a 45-minute delay. Cougar quarterback Baker sprinted for 33 yards on a third down bootleg to get Vance down to the South Pointe 20, before finding Jeremiah Hall for a first and goal. Spencer then cruised into the end zone left side to tie the score at 7-7 as the first quarter expired.