Pointers rally past Indians

Published 1:29 am Sunday, September 21, 2008

The old saying is “Better Late than Never,” and that is exactly what the South Point Pointers did as they scored three touchdowns in the second half en route to a win 28-7 over the Lucasville Valley Indians.

“Our kids came out in the first half and they had made some adjustments to stop us on offense. We were able to go in at the half and make some adjustments of our own and we were able to move the ball in the second half,” South Point coach Doug Shilot said.

“Lucasville Valley is a quality ball club. Their backs run hard and fall forward, but our kids were able to adjust and make the plays in the fourth quarter.”

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Lucasville Valley (3-2) wanted to use its multiple offensive sets to throw the Pointers’ off their game, and they were able to do that early when Indians quarterback Zach Utley found Zach Bukiewicz, who broke several tackles and raced down the sideline for a 49-yard touchdown.

Evan Richard’s kick was good and Lucasville Valley had a 7-0 lead with 9:45 to go in the first.

The defenses stepped up as both teams traded punts until midway through the second. Lucasville Valley faced a punting situation at their own 35, but South Point’s Casey West was able to block the punt.

The Pointers recovered at the Indians 10, and three plays later Doug Dillon got South Point on the board. The two-point try was no good, and it was 7-6 with 6:28 to go in the half.

South Point (2-3) got the ball to start the second half, and the Pointers took the lead when Jacob Seagraves was able to keep his balance through the line of scrimmage and race down the sideline 54 yards.

Seagraves also found Ryan Plants for the two-point conversion, and the score was 14-7 with 9:15 to go in the third. The drive covered 72 yards in five plays.

“I was doing everything I could to keep my balance, the line got everyone blocked and I was able to get to the end zone,” Seagraves said.

After both teams traded punts, the Indians looked to tie up the game. Lucasville Valley moved 60 yards in 13 plays, but faced a fourth down at the South Point six. Utley dropped back at had a man in the end zone, but Seagraves was able to step in front at the last second to break up the pass.

South Point’s next drive spilled over into the fourth, but the Indians were able to force a punt. Lucasville Valley was driving again, but Plants stepped in front of the Indians’ receiver and ran the interception back 53 yards to give the Pointers a 21-7 lead with 4:29 left. Drew Lynd kicked the conversion.

“I have waited my whole life for that, and I was able to read the quarterback,” Plants said.

After another Indians turnover on downs, South Point looked to run out the clock. However, Plants took a handoff over the right end, cut back across the field, and went down the sideline to set the final score at 28-7.

Seagraves led the Pointes with 110 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown, and Plants added 79 yards on 12 carries with a rushing and interception return for touchdowns.

The Indians were led by Zach Utley who completed 14 of 26 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Evans finished with 45 yards rushing on 13 carries. Zach Bukiewicz had six catches for 90 yards.

Lucasville Valley 7 0 0 0 = 7

South Point 0 6 8 14 = 28

First Quarter

LV-Zach Bukiewicz 49 pass from Zach Utley (Evan Richard kick) 9:45

Second Quarter

SP-Doug Dillon 6 run (run failed) 6:28

Third Quarter

SP- Jacob Seagraves 54 run (2-pt Seagraves pass to Plants) 9:15

Fourth Quarter

SP-Ryan Plants 53 interception return (Drew Lynd kick) 4:29

SP-Ryan Plants 52 run (Lynd kick) :34



First downs 13 8

Rushes-yards 31-83 38-241

Passing yards 1 48 -1

Total yards 231 240

Cmp-Att-Int 14-26-1 1-4-0

Penalties-yards 5-25 4-30


Individual Leaders

RUSHING – Lucasville Valley: Tyler Evans 13-45, Brice Crabtree 6-32, Zach Bukiewicz 1-5, Alex Hartley 1-4, David Shultz 3-2, Zach Utley 7- minus 5; South Point: Jacob Seagraves 14-110, Ryan Plants 12-79, Doug Dillon 6-21, Chase Kratzenberg 3-18, Chase Woodson 3-13.

PASSING –Lucasville Valley: Zach Utley 14-26-1 148; South Point: Chase Kratzenberg 1-3-0 minus 1, Jacob Seagraves 0-1-0.

Receiving – Lucasville Valley: Zach Bukiewicz 6-90, Tyler Evans 3-28, Alex Holcomb 3-19, B.J. Coleman 2-11; South Point: Doug Dillon 1- minus 1.