Pointers again victim of another tough foe

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 21, 2003

SOUTH POINT - If this were college football, South Point would be stacking up BCS points.

The Pointers fell to another strong team in Greenup County Friday night 24-13.

The four teams that the Pointers have lost to, Vinton Co., Ironton, Wayne, W.Va., and Greenup Co. have a combined record of 15-4 after Friday night. But despite the slow start, head coach Dan McDavid sees better days ahead.

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"We are getting better and better," McDavid said. "Every week we're making progress. It's not like we are losing to bad teams."

Backed up to their own goal line several times the Pointers held off the Musketeers until late in the game when a 22-yard Justin Royster field goal put the lead at 17-7.

Josh Shumway led the Musketeers and all rushers with 115 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns including a 63-yard romp on the third play of the game. Greenup County had 335 yards total offense.

Justin Workman led the Pointers (1-4) with 42 yards on two carries and Caleb Copley added 14. South Point had 156 yards total offense with freshman quarterback Chris Smith throwing for 66 yards on six completions all coming in the second half.

"We had some guys step up for us and play well," McDavid said. "Workman had a pretty good game on offense he ran the ball well on a couple of options. Copley and Chris Chapman played well and Chris Weaver and Brandon Cochran also had good games."

Shumway busted loose for a 63-yard touchdown with still 11:05 left in the first quarter making it 7-0.

South Point came right back aided by a 41-yard run by Workman. Five plays later Chapman went in from a yard out and Workman's point after tied the game at 7-7.

The Pointers fumbled away their next possession setting up the Musketeers just 27 yards out. Seven plays later Kele Mullholand went 6 yards on a pitchout to make the score 14-7 at the half.

Greenup Co. continued to go on long unproductive drives. In the third quarter it drove 61 yards on 14 plays only to come up empty. The Musketeers had a 20-yard touchdown pass called back on the drive for a holding penalty.

Even though it wasn't a turnover, South Point punter Zane Joy was unable to get a punt off with 11:52 left in the game. Joy tried to run for the first down but was stopped short at his own 27-yard line.

This time the Musketeers took advantage of the good field position as Royster hit the 22-yard field goal making it 17-7.

Again with great field position, the Musketeers took it 38 yards in five plays and scored on a 6-yard carry from Shumway. Royster's extra point made it 24-7 with 3:44 left.

Seemingly finished, the Pointers made one last run. Smith completed four passes to move to the 5-yard line. Chapman carried in from there making it 24-13 with 1:43 left. Greenup Co. recovered the onside kick and ran the clock out.

"Give Greenup County a lot of credit, they are a good team," McDavid said. "We've just got to quit making mistakes. We put the ball on the field tonight and it cost us the game."


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First Quarter

GC - Josh Shumway 63 run (Justin Royster kick) 11:05

SP - Chris Chapman 1 run (Zane Joy kick) 8:05

Second Quarter

GC - Kele Mullholand 6 run (Royster kick) 4:17

Fourth Quarter

GC - Justin Royster 22 field goal

GC - Josh Shumway 6 run (Justin Royster kick) 3:44

SP - Chapman 5 run (Zane Joy kick) 1:43

First downs:GC15, SP8

Rushes-yards:GC 271, SP67

Passing yards:GC64, SP89

Total yards:GC335, SP156

Cmp-Att-Int:GC8-12-0, SP8-11-1

Fumbles-lost:GC 3-1, SP3-2

Punts-average:GC 1-36, SP2-27

Penalties-yards:GC8-82, SP2-20

Individual Leaders

RUSHING - Greenup: Josh Shumway 9-115, Kele Mullholand 10-51, Josh Porter 19-74, Jared Dillow 2-12, Ryan Willis 3-14, Joe Riley 2-5. South Point: Justin Workman 2-42, Chris Chapman 8-14, Caleb Copley 9-16, Tommy Hayner 2-minus 2, Chris Smith 4-minus 3, Caleb Lawson 1-minus 3.

PASSING - Greenup: Jared Dillow 8-12-64-0. South Point: Tommy Hayner 2-4-23-1, Chris Smith 6-7-66-0.

RECEIVING - Greenup: Aaron Pennington 1-11, Josh Porter 2-12, Andrew Law 2-25, Josh Shumway 3-16. South Point: Chris Chapman 1-9, Justin Workman 2-12, Caleb Lawson 2-45, Caleb Copley 1-15, Jeremiah Taylor 1-8.