S. Vance shocks No. 10 S. Granville in N.C. 2-A tilt
The race for the Northern Carolina 2-A Conference championship just got a little more interesting.
Southern Vance’s defense came up with timely stops and turnovers Friday and the Raiders (3-5, 1-1 N.C. 2-A) hung on for a 22-14 upset of South Granville (6-2, 1-1 N.C. 2-A), ranked 10th in the latest Associated Press 2-A state high school football poll.
Southern’s Ty-Traveon Roberts and Sheldon Smith each had interceptions and Emmanuelle Simirl pounced on a Viking fumble with 9:05 to play in the fourth quarter that led to the Raiders’ third score, putting the home side up 22-7.
“We had a long talk with everybody in practice this week,” said Southern coach Lewis Young. “And I talked with our leaders, our captains and let them know we had to refocus. I think they did a great job in believing in it.”
Down 22-7, South Granville’s Hunter Holliday scooped up Southern backup quarterback Jerry Throckmorton’s fumble around the Vikings’ 10 and ran it 61 yards to set up quarterback Matt McCutcheon’s 9-yard touchdown strike to C.J. Hurt. Kaleb Chamberlain’s point after narrowed Southern’s lead to 22-14 with 44 seconds to play.
But Chamberlain’s squib attempt on the ensuing kickoff was corralled by Southern’s Juwan Harris.
“We thought we had a squib to their side because we had so many people up so we thought we could run get the ball,” said South Granville coach Mike Hobgood. “And he kicked it too far. It was supposed to be a lot shorter, but he kicked it too deep.”
The Raiders snapped a four-game skid while South Granville lost for the first time since its season-opening defeat against Rocky Mount.
McCutcheon never got in a groove for the Vikings and finished 12 of 29 passing for 93 yards.
Southern limited South Granville running back Sean Bowman to 89 yards on eight carries after a school-record performance in last week’s win over Franklinton.
“They’re really athletic,” Hobgood said of Southern. “They stack the box. We had to be able to throw the ball some and we just ... threw good passes and we dropped them. We just have to get our passing game better so when we do need it, we have it.”
Southern’s starting quarterback, Roberts, was 5 of 16 for 116 yards and two touchdown passes to his favorite target, receiver Shawn Henderson.
Roberts added 99 yards on the ground.
The Raiders also welcomed running back Qualik Shearin back from a concussion. He ran for 57 yards on 22 carries.
Southern hosts Warren County next week while South Granville hosts Bunn.
“We just have to get better,” said Hobgood. “All our goals are still there. We can still win the conference. We can still win a state championship. We just have to have our minds to set to improve to do it because if we don’t, we’re not going to.”
S. VANCE 22, S. GRANVILLE 14
South Granville 0 7 0 7 — 14
Southern Vance 8 0 6 8 — 22
SV — Shawn Henderson 32 pass from Ty-Traveon Roberts (kick failed), 10:05
SV — Safety, 5:24
SG — Sean Bowman 15 run (Kaleb Chamberlain kick), 8:32.
SV — Sheldon Smith 40 interception return (kick failed), 5:46.
SV — Henderson 19 pass from Roberts (Henderson pass from Roberts), 7:02.
SG — C.J. Hurt 9 pass from Matt McCutcheon (Chamberlain kick), 0:44.
RUSHING — South Granville, Sean Bowman 8-89, Earl Green 10-36, Craig Wilkie 1-34, Matt McCutcheon 3-(-25). Southern Vance, Ty-Traveon Roberts 16-97, Qualik Shearin 22-57, Sheldon Smith 1-0, Maurice Howard 2-3
PASSING — South Granville, McCutcheon 12-29-2 93. Southern Vance, Roberts 5-16-0 116
RECEIVING — South Granville, Wilkie 3-31, Green 5-21, Omari Armstrong 1-2, Hurt 1-9, Abraham Barron 2-30. Southern Vance, Deon Smith 3-25, Jeremiah Williams 1-59, Shawn Henderson 2-51.