With the top seed from Region 3-3A already clinched, South Pointe completed a perfect region slate with a 26-8 win over Clinton on Friday night.
Regardless of the mistakes made by South Pointe, Greg Ruff still ran for three touchdowns and Derion Kendrick added a fourth. The big plays were few and far between for the Stallions, but Ruff made just enough to put up the needed points to win on senior night. Clinton was able to move the ball on the ground, but no drive was complete without a penalty. The Red Devils committed 11 penalties and turned the ball over on downs four times.
Clinton failed to gain any momentum until the fourth quarter when an end-around pass resulted in the Red Devils’ biggest gain of the night, and a touchdown followed shortly after. Clinton recovered the ensuing onside kick, but turned it over on downs after the next four plays.
The few times that Charlie Craven dropped back to pass the Stallion pass rush was relentless, especially in the second half. The fourth down attempts in the second half by Clinton all resulted in sacks, except for the fourth and goal conversion that resulted in its only score.
South Pointe opened the game on a great drive capped by a Greg Ruff touchdown run, but the offense disappeared after that. Both teams struggled to put together any sort of a consistent drive until Nick McCloud made a leaping interception that gave South Pointe the ball at the Clinton 37-yard line. That drive would result in a touchdown run by Ruff that put the Stallions up by two scores, which ended up being enough to win the game.
In a game the Red Devils needed to win, turnovers and penalties ultimately cost them. South Pointe only led at halftime 13-0 and its offense did not look great. Had Clinton been able to avoid penalties and two turnovers deep in their own territory, even though only one resulted in points for the Stallions, the score may have favored the Red Devils in the end.
Ruff and Burris were just about the only offense this game saw. Ruff completed some passes, but most of the damage was done with his feet. Burris finished with 80 yards rushing and Ruff finished with three scores on the ground. Derion Kendrick added another touchdown run from the quarterback position late in the fourth quarter to top off the South Pointe scoring. McCloud made an impact on defense in the first half coming up with an interception and recovering a fumble on back-to-back drives.
South Pointe is off next week before hosting a game in the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 13.
South Pointe 26, Clinton 8
South Pointe 6;7;6;7- 26
Clinton 0;0;0;8- 8
SP: Greg Ruff 10-yard run, B.T. Potter kick failed
SP: Ruff 5-yard run, Potter kick good
SP: Ruff 3-yard run, Potter kick failed
C: Charlie Craven 17-yard pass to Tay Cook, 2-pt conversion good
South Pointe: Greg Ruff 9-28, Zaylin Burris 15-80, Derion Kendrick 3-15. Clinton: Tashymen Boyd 13-43, Zikail Livingston 7-24, Donovan Blackmon 19-51, Charlie Craven 9- -27, Kris Holmes 3-9
PASSING South Pointe: Ruff 13-9-0-0, 121 yards. Clinton: Craven 14-7-1-1, 65 yards
RECEIVING South Pointe: Quay Brown 4-84, Josh Wilkes 2-15; Burress 1-9; Quay Brice 1-10; Tony Cherry 1-3. Clinton: Blackmon 2-20; Tay Cook 4-33; Bowen Tiller 1-37
RECORDS South Pointe 9-1, 5-0 Region 3-3A; Clinton 3-7, 1-4