South Johnston shines in all areas in win over Southern Vance

CorrespondentNovember 2, 2012 

South Johnston's Tyler Barefoot (14) and Nick Stone (50) stop Southern Vance's Ty-traveon Roberts (1) during South's 30-12 win Friday.

CHRIS RODIER — newsobserver.com

For South Johnston in its 3A opening round contest against Southern Vance, the Trojans dominated play from all angles in pulling out a 30-12 victory over Southern Vance to advance to the second round of the state playoffs.

FOUR OAKS—Once playoff season arrives, it becomes awfully important for teams to be clicking on all phases of the game: defense, offense and special teams.

For South Johnston in its 3A opening round contest against Southern Vance, the Trojans dominated play from all angles in pulling out a 30-12 victory over Southern Vance to advance to the second round of the state playoffs.

After turning the ball over on downs and punting on its first two possessions in the first quarter, the Trojans’ Quincy Williams gave the home team a spark on special teams with an all-important 33-yard punt return to set up the offense at the Raiders 20-yard line.

Four plays later, Clarence Crawford carried the ball in from one yard out to put South Johnston ahead.

After both teams swapped scores, the Trojans’ offense once again took advantage of a great special teams play when Bailey Coe pounced on a Southern Vance fumbled punt return setting up South Johnston with great field advantage.

Once again, South Johnston (8-3) capitalized four plays later when senior quarterback Austin Raynor found Devin Harris down the middle of the field on a 17-yard TD pass on fourth down to give the Trojans a 23-6 halftime lead.

The lead was more than enough for the Trojan defense who stepped up in limiting the Raiders to just 94 yards rushing on 39 attempts.

Forced to pass, Southern Vance found the air a dangerous route to travel.

Quentin Williams came up with a big interception in the latter stages of the third quarter to turn back the Raiders as did Omar Sellars in the fourth quarter. Williams, his brother Quincy and Christian White played a superb game in the back of the defense breaking up several Southern Vance passing attempts.

Southern Vance junior quarterback Ty-traveon Roberts did manage to find Xavier Gregory for a 38-yard touchdown strike late in the fourth quarter but the Raiders could get no closer as the No. 13 seed out of the Carolina 3A Conference ended its season at 5-6.

Clarence Crawford and Quentin Williams helped to ice the game in the second half on the ground for South Johnston.

Williams ended the night with 116 yards receiving and a score in addition to 68 yards and another score on the ground. Crawford gained 53 tough yards to help chew up the clock.

Austin Raynor threw for 210 yards on 22/36 passing and two touchdowns.

De’vante Henderson led the Raiders with 138 yards through the air and one touchdown pass while Christopher Henderson ran for 78 yards to lead Southern Vance.

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