Southern rolled up for 560 yards of total offense to overpower Big-8 Conference opponent Cedar Ridge 49-14 in Friday night football.
The win is the Spartans (6-4, 4-1) fourth straight after losing three straight games early in the season.
Senior quarterback Jalen Greene threw for 286 yards and a touchdown, while teammate running back Joey Strong Jr. ran for another three TDs on 109 yards rushing.
Spartans wide receivers Taron Beauford and Santonio Marshall Jr. combined for 224 yards receiving.
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Strong got Southern on the scoreboard first with a 3-yard run on the Spartans first possession of the game.
But the lead was short-lived after Cedar Ridge (5-5, 2-3) wide receiver Lucas “Seth” Baldwin returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to tie the game with just 3 minutes gone in the first quarter.
But Southern retook the lead for good on a Jalen Green to Strong 67-yard connection with just under seven minutes left. Green threw his second touchdown, this one an 85-yarder to Taron Beauford to put Southern up 21-7.
The Red Wolves missed a golden opportunity just before the half ended with a first and goal with 1.5 seconds left. But RB Montae Kee was stopped as time ran out.
THREE TO KNOW
Green completed 11 of 16 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown.
Strong had TD runs of 3, 67 and 10 yards.
Kee rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown.
BY THE NUMBERS
203: Yards passing by Greene in the first half
114: Yards receiving by Marshall
110: Yards receiving by Beauford