Gray's Creek pulls away from Cavs, 30-13
On Homecoming Night at Southern Lee, the Cavaliers entered their football game against Gray’s Creek having lost five games in a row. The Bears came into the contest having lost three games in a row. One team’s losing streak would end, and the other team’s losses would continue to pile up. For Southern Lee, unfortunately, the losing streak is now six after falling to Gray's Creek 30-13 Friday night.
Even though for Southern Lee (1-6, 0-2), this loss was a huge improvement over last year’s thrashing of 49-0 by Gray’s Creek (3-4, 1-1), it was a disappointing and frustrating night for the Cavaliers. Trailing 14-0 at the half, Southern Lee’s two fumbles lost to the Bears resulted in Gray’s Creek converting both turnovers into touchdowns.
Gray’s Creek took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove the ball down the field to Southern Lee’s 26-yard line. Then the Cavalier defense stiffened, and stopped the Bears on fourth down.
After getting the ball back on downs, the Cavaliers moved the ball down the field thanks to the running of Chad Ellis, Monte McLean and Patrick Bunnell. After a facemask against the Bears that placed the ball on Gray’s Creek 12-yard line, Aaron Blockmon was able to punch the ball into the end zone cutting the score to 14-7 with 4:40 remaining in the third quarter.
Gray’s Creek opened the fourth quarter with a 27-yard field goal to extend its lead to 17-7.
The Cavaliers fell on the ball that was kicked along the ground on the ensuing kickoff to have good field position on their 44-yard line. After a good run from Ellis to the Bear 39, Bunnell and McLean ran the ball down to Gray’s Creek 8. From there, Bunnell finished the drive with an 8-yard jaunt into the end zone, cutting the Bears lead to 17-13 with 9:56 left in the game.
That would be as close as the Cavaliers would get.
After a big return of the kickoff, and a Southern Lee personal foul, Gray’s Creek had the ball on the Cavalier 28 before penalties of their own and a loss from a running play pushed the ball back to the 36-yard line. Then on 3rd-and-17 from the 34, the Bears scored on a 34-yard touchdown pass to push their lead to 24-13 with 8:01 remaining in the game.
Southern Lee was moving the ball on their next possession before a bizarre series of penalties and rulings by the officials. The Cavalier drive stalled on downs with 6:06 left to play.
Gray’s Creek moved the ball methodically down the field, eventually scoring a touchdown on a 3-yard run to make the score 30-13 with 1:36 remaining.
Southern Lee’s offense had 388 total yards of offense compared to 299 yards for Gray’s Creek. Southern Lee’s junior quarterback, Emond Caldwell, threw for 157 yards. McLean rushed for 115 yards for the Cavaliers. Gray’s Creek’s Deion Rackley rushed for 107 yards on the night.
Southern Lee has a bye next week, and returns to action on Oct. 18 at Union Pines. Gray’s Creek hosts Westover next week.