Pointers ignore East’s size advantage to win 42-6

Published 9:39 am Sunday, September 7, 2014

Jim Walker



SOUTH POINT — What size advantage?

Even though the Sciotoville East Tartans had a big size advantage on the offensive line that featured –foot-5, 310-pound Ohio State commit Tyler Gerald and 6-4, 285-pound Nick Basham at the tackles, the South Point Pointers used their speed and quickness for a 42-6 win Friday.

“Our defensive line was outweighed by their offensive line, but our kids played tough,” said Pointers’ coach Rick Marcello.

“The first drive of the game they had some success, but we went up tempo and we were able to wear them down.”

East (0-2) took an early 6-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Michael Stiltner with :249 left in the quarter.

But South Point (1-1) answered with a 13-yard scoring run by Mason White and Jordan Overstreet’s conversion kick put the Pointers ahead for good at 7-6 with 37 seconds on the clock.

A turnover gave the ball back to the Pointers and they wasted no time making it 14-6 on a 20-yard pass from Drew Adams to White. Alex Whitt kicked the conversion.

The lead went to 21-6 with 9:26 left in the half on a 72-yard punt return by Stephan Wagoner. Overstreet had the conversion.

“Special teams played a great game. Wagoner’s put return was huge,” said Marcello.

James Leonard’s 1-yard touchdown run at the 7:47 mark extended the lead to 27-6.

South Point got a safety to begin the second half as Reed Murnahan tackled an East running back in the end zone for a 29-6 lead.

After the free kick, the Pointers scored on a 34-yard scamper by Leonard and it was 36-6.

A series of penalties on the conversion forced Overstreet to kick a 42-yard extra point.

South Point capped the scoring on a 15-yard pass from backup quarterback Brandin Jackson to Brandon Layne with 7:12 to play.

Leonard ran 10 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns while White had 63 yards on eight attempts and a score. He also caught three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Adams hit 4 of 7 passes for 15 yards.

The Pointers visit Boyd County, Ky., on Friday.

Sciotoville East 6 0 0 0 = 6

South Point 14 13 9 6 = 42

First Quarter

SE — Michael Stiltner 1 run (kick failed) 2:49

SP — Mason White 13 run (Jordan Overstreet kick) 0L37

SP — Mason White 20 pass from Drew Adams (Alex Whitt kick) 0:20

Second Quarter

SP — Stephan Wagoner 72 punt return (Jordan Overstreet kick) 9:26

SP — James Leonard 1 run (kick failed) 7:47

Third Quarter

SP — Safety (Reed Murnahan tackled punter in end zone) 2:35

SP — James Leonard 34 run (Jordan Overstreet kick) 1:39

Fourth Quarter

SP — Brandon Layne 15 pass from Brandin Jackson (kick failed) 7:12


Individual Leaders

RUSHING—Sciotoville East: NA; South Point: James Leonard 10-89 2 TD, Mason White 8-63 TD, Jacob Damron 2-8, Davon Leonard 2-17, Matt Keeney 5-12, Drew Adams 4-minus 8.

PASSING— Sciotoville East: NA; South Point: Drew Adams 4-7-0 15 TD, Brandin Jackson 1-1 15 TD.

RECEIVING— Sciotoville East: NA; South Point: Mason White 3-20 TD, Brandon Layne 1-15 TD, Stephan Wagoner 1-minus 5.