Southern Alamance defense sparks rally past Wildcats
Southern Alamance got an unexpected boost from its defense to earn a 45-28 come-from-behind win at East Chapel Hill.
Quarterback Jonathan Lloyd had led the Patriots (3-1) to 111 points in their first three games, but the defense had given up almost as many, allowing opponents to put 100 points on the board.
In the first half, Lloyd struggled with his accuracy. He completed just three of his 10 first-quarter passes, fumbled on a running play and threw an interception.
Meanwhile, East Chapel Hill (1-3) was able to take advantage of the Patriots defense for several explosive plays.
Wildcats quarterback Connor Stough threw touchdown passes to Jack Hankins for 79 and 31 yards and scored on a run that was set up by a 70-yard completion to Arkavious Parks. Stough had 258 yards passing at the half, and Hankins had 151 yards on four catches.
The Southern Alamance defense clamped down in the second half, however, holding Stough to just 31 yards passing after the break. The defense also intercepted Stough twice, sacked him four times and forced a fumble on a Stough run.
The Patriots also stopped the Wildcats on the ground, allowing just 66 rushing yards on 29 carries.
Despite the defensive stand, Chris Fowler’s 21 yard touchdown run in the third quarter put East Chapel Hill on top 28-22.
Southern Alamance exploded for 23 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, however. A 25-yard touchdown pass from Lloyd to Tylin McAdams gave the Patriots the lead with 10:31 to play.
Lloyd completed just over half of his passes to finish with 15 of 31 for 258 passing yards and two touchdown tosses. He also had 18 yards on the ground, including a 7-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Two plays later, Southern Alamance’s Tyler Atwater intercepted Stough and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown. Atwater also had five catches for 107 yards and a 30-yard touchdown reception.
The Patriots pinned East Chapel Hill on its own 1-yard line with a punt, and then tackled Fowler in the end zone for a safety.
Southern Alamance won on the road for the first time this season and notched its second straight victory.
East Chapel Hill hosts rival Chapel Hill next Friday, while Southern Alamance travels to Southwest Guilford.
S. Alamance 45, ECH 28
S. Alamance |7|15|0|23—45
East Chapel Hill |14|7|7|0—28
SA—Dairyon Matkins 1 run (James Testerman kick), 5:57
ECH—Jack Hankins 79 pass from Connor Stough (Ellis Llewellyn kick), 5:38
ECH—Stough 1 run (Llewellyn kick), 1:39
SA—Alfred Ellison 24 run (James Testerman kick), 10:00
SA—Tyler Atwater 30 pass from Jonathan Lloyd (Axel Easter pass from Brian Joines), 3:32
ECH—Hankins 31 pass from Stough (Llewellyn kick), 2:31
ECH—Chris Fowler 21 run (Llewellyn kick), 5:13
SA—Tylin McAdams 25 pass from Lloyd (Testerman kick), 10:31
SA—Atwater 31 interception return (Testerman kick), 9:27
SA—Lloyd 7 run (Testerman kick), 4:06
SA—Safety, Fowler tackled in end zone, 1:15
PASSING—Southern Alamance, Jonathan Lloyd 16-31-1-258. East Chapel Hill, Connor Stough 11-22-2-289.
RUSHING—Southern Alamance, Alford Ellison 12-61, Jourdan Osinski 3-21, Lloyd 10-18, Quade Mullins 1-8, Dairyon Matkins 4-4, Tyler Atwater 1-4. East Chapel Hill, Chris Fowler 9-45, Colby Owens 5-15, Stough 13-13, John Graham 1-(minus 2), Jeremy Hubbard 1-(minus 5).
RECEIVING—Southern Alamance, Atwater 5-107, Tylin McAdams 3-72, Osinski 2-35, Matkins 3-16, Chandler Issacs 1-14, Ellison 2-14. East Chapel Hill, Jack Hankins 5-160, Arkavious Parks 2-79, Fowler 2-41, Justin Douglas 1-9.