Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 14, 2013

South Point slips past Boyd, 23-19

Matt Fultz
The Independent

SOUTH POINT — South Point’s powerful passing attack didn’t slip up on Boyd County. The Lions knew what to expect from the Pointers.

However, the Boyd County defense just did not have an answer for the Pointers’ slip screen, as South Point used the short pass play for two long touchdowns on Friday night to edge the Lions, 23-19, at Pointers Field.

Gage Townson connected with Mason White on both of the scores, the second of which proved to be the game winner early in the fourth quarter.

After backpedalling to buy some time, Townson found a wide open White down the sideline for a 47-yard score. In the third quarter, the two hooked up for a 55-yard score on a similar play.

Townson finished the night 18 of 25 for 271 yards and three scores.

“They would bring the wide receiver in and (block) the inside linebacker, and then make an inside move,” Boyd County coach John Gilliam said. “Ultimately when that happens, you have to have a corner come up and make a play, and we didn’t do it and it turned into some big plays.”

On both occasions it was on third down when South Point found the most success with the play. The first score came on third and 27.

“We just didn’t make enough plays on the third downs,” Gilliam said. “I think they had one or two touchdowns on third-and-longs. One of them was a third-and-forever. It is tough when you give up something like that to come back and win.”

While the Lions did not come back to win, they did respond well to the adversity of giving up the long TD scoring on the very next play, when Cody Tackett returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards to paydirt.

After the special teams play, it was the defense’s turn. It forced South Point’s only turnover of the night — a fumble deep inside Pointers territory.

The Lions’ offense capitalized, scoring four plays later on a 1-yard keeper by quarterback Billy McCoy. The touchdown gave Boyd County a two-point lead at 19-17 early in the fourth quarter.

The touchdown was the second of two for McCoy on the night, who finished with 96 yards on 12 carries. His other score was a 34-yarder, in which he dragged a South Point defender the better part of 10 yards. McCoy was very effective running right up the middle.

“We saw on film that they were playing their tackles really wide, outside of our guards, and their ends outside our tackles, so we figured if we wedged it in there we could get five six or seven yards,” Gilliam said. “Billy is a quarterback with a linebacker mentality. He does not shy away a bit from contact.”

Jason Smith also had a nice night for the Lions with 75 yards on 15 carries.

To go along with catching five passes for 123 yards, White also rushed for 63 yards on 11 carries.