MARCH 2017 | FOOTBALL

Nathan Silver signs with St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC — South Point senior, Nathan Silver, front row center, has signed a letter of intent to play football at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC. Front row from left are his brother, Martin Thomas, III; his father, Martin Thomas, Jr.; Nathan; his mother, Christina Thomas; and his sister, Tori Garcia.

Back row from left are Gary Ford, principal of SP High School; Kent Hyde, SP athletic director; Mickey Lineberger, former South Point head football coach; Adam Hodge, new South Point head football coach; Joe Shepherd, assistant football coach – defensive backs; and Cindy Stewart, South Point assistant principal.

MARCH 2017 | FOOTBALL
Football Team Banquet — South Point held its football awards banquet honoring the 2016 3A State Championship football team on Monday, March 6th. Each member of the team received their state championship ring, and, after all had received their rings, opened the boxes together. All agreed that the rings were beautiful. Also, before the awards were given out, retired teacher and football team first responder, Mrs. Melinda Wilson, was recognized and presented with a beautiful plaque thanking her for her service to the football team and to South Point High School. Coach Mickey Lineberger, retired head football coach, was also recognized for his many years of service to South Point and the football team and was presented with a plaque.

The following were recognized for being named to the Big South All Conference Football team: Jake Alexander, Phillip Davis, Larry Dowdy, Nick Farmer, James Granson, Nathan Hamilton, Scottie Lee, Nick Muse and Matthew Robinson.

Listed below are the winners of the Varsity and Junior Varsity football awards:

VARSITY FOOTBALL

Nick Muse - Dr. Wade Breeland MVP

Max Mead - Gerald Cortner Character, Leadership, and Scholarship

James Granson - Dr. Eddie Lineberger Best Blocker

Jake Alexander - Best Offense

Nathan Hamilton - Co-Belmont Drug Best Defense

Phillip Davis - Co-Belmont Drug Best Defense

Matthew Robinson - Co-Belmont Drug Best Defense

Nick Farmer - Sheila Rollins Most Versatile

Ethan Jackson - Yates and Marie Abernathy Sportsmanship

Scottie Lee - Bennie Cunningham Offense Most Improved

Tanner Canterberry - Bennie Cunningham Defense Most Improved

Larry Dowdy - Bobby Brown Unsung Hero

Ty Tinker - Offensive Scout Team Player

Jerme Leeper - Defensive Scout Team Player



JV FOOTBALL

Keaton Hale - JV Football Best Offense

Josh Hicks - JV Football Co- Best Defense

Dillon Neagle - JV Football Co-Best Defense



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Big South all Conference Football Awards - 2016

Row 1: Nick Farmer, James Granson, Jake Alexander, Scottie Lee

Row 2: Larry Dowdy, Nick Muse, Nathan Hamilton, Phillip Davis, Matthew Robinson





South Point Football Awards - 2016

Row 1: Matthew Robinson - Co-Belmont Drug Best Defense; Nick Farmer - Sheila Rollins Most Versatile; Nathan Hamilton - Co-Belmont Drug Best Defense; Josh Hicks - Co-JV Football Best Defense; Dillon Neagle - Co- JV Football Best Defense

Row 2: Phillip Davis - Co-Belmont Drug Best Defense; James Granson - Dr. Eddie Lineberger Best Blocker; Keaton Hale - JV Football Best Offense; Jake Alexander - Best Offense





South Point Football Awards - 2016

Row 1: Jerme Leeper - Defensive Scout Team Player; Tanner Canterberry - Bennie Cunningham Defensive Most Improved; Ty Tinker - Offensive Scout Team Player; Ethan Jackson - Yates and Marie Abernathy Sportsmanship Award



Row 2: Larry Dowdy - Bobby Brown Unsung Hero; Max Mead - Gerald Cortner Character, Leadership, and Scholarship Award; Nick Muse - Dr. Wade Breeland MVP; Scottie Lee - Bennie Cunningham Offensive Most Improved


FEBRUARY 2017 | FOOTBALL

Adam Hodge named new South Point football head coach — Adam Hodge, new South Point head football coach and Mickey Lineberger, former South Point head football coach.

FEBRUARY 2017 | FOOTBALL


Two Red Raiders sign to play football next year — South Point senior, Max Mead, front row center, has signed a national letter of intent to play football at Davidson College. Front row from left are his father, Michael Mead, Sr.; Max; and his mother, Stephanie Mead. Back row from left are South Point principal, Gary Ford; former South Point head football coach, Mickey Lineberger; new South Point head football coach, Adam Hodge; Brian Andrews, assistant football coach; Joe Shepherd, assistant football coach; and Kent Hyde, South Point athletic director.

South Point senior, Nick Muse, front row center, has signed a national letter of intent to play football at the College of William and Mary. Front row from left are his father, Kevin Muse; his mother, Shannon Muse; Nick; and his brother, Tanner Muse. Back row from left are Gary Ford, principal of South Point High School; Mickey Lineberger, former South Point head football coach; Adam Hodge, new South Point head football coach; Joe Shepherd, assistant football coach; Brian Andrews, assistant football coach; and Kent Hyde, South Point athletic director.

DECEMBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 16, Rocky Mount 7 — South Point High School got one for the thumb Saturday when the Red Raiders took their fifth state football championship in a 16-7 win over Rocky Mount for N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A at Wake Forest's BB&T Field.

"It's amazing what these guys did and what they accomplished," Red Raiders coach Mickey Lineberger said. "We lost 25 seniors from last year's team and had only 10 seniors coming back. But we started offseason workouts on Jan. 17 and these guys have worked and worked and worked. I couldn't be more proud of them."

For South Point, the title completed a turnaround after losing three of its first four games and four of its first six games. That included a 24-0 shutout loss at eventual N.C. 2AA champion Shelby on Sept. 1 that ended the school's 264-game scoring streak that dated to 1998.

But after losing 21-16 at home on Sept. 30 to eventual Big South 2A/3A Conference champion Hunter Huss, the Red Raiders won their last 10 games to finish with a 12-4 overall record and join the school's previous state championship teams of 1971, 1979, 2003 and 2009.

DECEMBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 26, Hibriten 0 — South Point's turnaround season is now only one win shy of its goal after the Red Raiders recorded a dominating 26-0 win at Hibriten on a frigid Friday night at Jeff Storie Memorial Stadium.

South Point (11-4), which started the season 1-3 and 2-4, has won nine straight games behind a crunching defense and an efficient offense.

Both were on display in Friday's dominating victory on a night in which temperatures dipped into the 30s.

The Red Raiders rolled up 396 yards and 17 first downs on offense and limited an offense that had averaged 50.3 points per game to no points, 120 total yards and kept the previously unbeaten Panthers (14-1) without a first down until 7:58 remained in the third quarter.

"I can't say enough about how our defense has improved this year," said South Point coach Mickey Lineberger, whose team recorded its fifth shutout of the season and third in the playoffs. "But a lot of that is our offense keeping them off the field by executing as well as they've been executing."

DECEMBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 42, Pisgah 0 — Mickey Lineberger has been around South Point football for many years, but the Red Raider head coach senses something special about his 2016 team.

Friday night at Lineberger Stadium, the Red Raiders continued a surge that began at midseason and has now carried South Point to a regional playoff championship game for the third straight season.

South Point (10-4) used a fast start and big plays on offense and defense to defeat Pisgah 42-0 and earn the right to play undefeated Hibriten next week in the 3A regional final.

“We played like a team going to the fourth round tonight,” Lineberger said. “This is the most improved team I have ever been around. We lost 24 seniors and had nine (seniors) coming back. But here we are.”

NOVEMBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 45, Tuscola 6 — Friday night, the South Point defense allowed just 163 yards of total offense to Tuscola. They picked off four passes, scored a touchdown on a Nick Muse pick-six, limited the Mountaineers to just six first downs and held their sixth straight opponent to single digits as the Raiders rolled to a 45-6 win.

But according to senior cornerback Nick Farmer, defensive coordinator Adam Hodge won’t be focusing on all that in practice on Monday.

“Coach Hodge, he gets on us pretty good, so we don’t want to mess up and make him mad. He don’t let us off easy,” Farmer said. “Six points, that makes him mad. We just got to keep working.”


NOVEMBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 59, West Henderson 0 — No player rushed or passed for over 100 yards, but South Point scored in bunches Friday night at Lineberger Stadium to wallop West Henderson 59-0 in a big start to the 3-A playoffs.

After a scoreless and sluggish first quarter, the Red Raiders put 31 second-quarter points on the board and added four more scores in the second half to keep the momentum they had after dominating their last four opponents in the regular season.

“We had momentum going after that Stuart Cramer game (a 63-0 win), and (when) you take a week off, it took us a little while to get going in the first quarter,” South Point coach Mickey Lineberger sai , referring to last week’s one-week delay in the postseason due to makeup games caused by Hurricane Matthew.

“We weren’t hitting on all cylinders. After we got our groove back, we started playing like we’re capable of.”


NOVEMBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 63, Stuart Cramer 0 — On a night in which Stuart Cramer honored its first seven four-year football players in its brief history, hopes were high for the Storm to show what they were made of against nearby South Point.

But those hopes were dashed pretty quickly as the visiting Red Raiders rolled to a 63-0 victory over the Storm in a matchup of schools separated by only seven miles.

"We're getting better and better," said South Point coach Mickey Lineberger, whose school improved its record to 7-4 overall and 6-1 in the Big South 2A/3A Conference with its fifth straight victory. "We were the youngest team we've had in awhile, but we're just improving every week."


OCTOBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 64, North Gaston 6 — The Red Raiders are still red hot.

South Point won its fourth straight game Friday night with a 64-6 victory over Big South rival North Gaston at Lineberger Stadium.

The Red Raiders dominated from the start. After Nathan Silver fielded a short kickoff to open the game, South Point was in the end zone two players later. The first play from scrimmage was a 33-yard run by Max Mead followed by a 29-yard dash to pay dirt by Nick Farmer.

By the time the first quarter was over, South Point held a commanding 30-6 lead.

“We’re getting better every day,” said South Point coach Mickey Lineberger. “We had some big holes to fill and it took a little while, but the pieces of the puzzle are coming together.


OCTOBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 48, Lake Norman Charter 0 — South Point likes to call themselves The Big Red Machine when things are going good, and everything went well in Friday’s 48-0 romp at Lake Norman Charter.

Junior fullback Jake Alexander inched closer to 1,000 yards on the season with 153 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 15 carries in just over half a game.

Junior quarterback Scottie Lee connected on his first three passes for 67 yards and a touchdown, and South Point rushed for 353 total yards. Only one carry resulted in negative yards through four quarters.

"We’re getting better,” said Red Raiders coach Mickey Lineberger. “We improved from last week, so the best is yet to come.”


OCTOBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 45, Forestview 3 — Following Friday night’s, 45-3, Big South 2A/3A victory over visiting Forestview High, the South Point High varsity football team has put the rest of the league on notice: the Red Raiders are coming.

Junior quarterback Scottie Lee ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and junior running backs Jake Alexander (100 yards and two touchdowns) and Ty Tinker (105 yards, one touchdown) each ran for 100 yards to lead a Red Raiders offense that amassed 406 yards of total offense with 303 of those yards coming on the ground.

South Point, which was the state 3A runner-up a year ago, evened its record at 4-4 overall (3-1 in Big South 2A/3A) and is finally starting to get healthy and gel.

“It takes a while to get the pieces to the puzzle together,” said South Point head coach Mickey Lineberger. “We had a lot of growing pains as we had to grow up a little. We had to get some reps at fullback and quarterback. Our defense has played pretty solid all year. We had to develop some receivers that can catch the ball. We also had a lot of injuries, but every day we’ve gotten a little better, a little bit closer to where we want to be. Tonight was by far the best game we’ve played this year.”


OCTOBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 45, Ashbrook 12 — Nick Muse caught everything thrown toward him on the sideline Thursday night, no matter what side of the ball he lined up on.

Muse caught five passes for 77 yards as a receiver, including a 26-yard reception on the sideline that turned the tide of the game.

In the second quarter, the South Point offense appeared stuck in the mud. Up 14-6, the Raiders incurred three consecutive false start penalties on one drive, and then faced a third-and-13 in their own territory on the next possession.

Raiders quarterback Scottie Lee lofted a pass up the sideline, and Muse ran under the ball to come down with it, shaking off a pass interference penalty. On the next play from scrimmage, the other South Point star of the game, junior fullback Ty Tinker, ran in a 49-yard touchdown.

On the other side of the halftime break, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Muse tiptoed on the sideline and got a foot down in bounds for an interception. Tinker scored again on the ensuing possession from 1 yard out, and the Raiders were on their way to a big win — 45-12 over the Green Wave.


SEPTEMBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

Hunter Huss 21, South Point 16 — Entering Friday's meeting of Big South 2A/3A Conference unbeatens in Belmont, few gave the visitors much of a chance at victory.

Hunter Huss knew that when it came to Lineberger Stadium — and players like senior Akeythio Carson want it to stay that way even after the Huskies' 21-16 victory.

"I still think we're the underdogs," said Carson, whose pass interception in his own end zone on the final play of the game clinched the Huss victory. "Nobody picked us to win this game and we like it that way. We want to keep it that way and we want to keep working hard to prove people wrong."

Carson played a huge role in a victory in which the Huskies (3-3, 2-0) scored a special teams touchdown, an offensive touchdown and a defensive touchdown to record their first win against South Point (2-4, 1-1) since 2006.


SEPTEMBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 58, East Gaston 7 — Ten years and counting.

South Point continued its winning ways with a dominating 58-7 win over the East Gaston Warriors in front of a packed Black Friday house at Arrowhead Stadium.

For the past decade the South Point Red Raider football team has defeated the East Gaston Warriors.

The last time East Gaston defeated South Point was in 2006 by a score of 35-14. This year was no different.


SEPTEMBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

Clover 17, South Point 14 — Clover High School quarterback Garrett Miller threw just six passes Friday night. But his fourth completion went to DreQuan Starr on a 37-yard touchdown pass that turned out to be the game-winner in Clover’s 17-14 win over visiting South Point.

“It was there all week,” Starr said after the game. “They weren’t expecting it.”

Clover coach Chad Smith said the 6-foot-3, 172-pound Starr is “a great example of why basketball players should play football.”


SEPTEMBER 2016 | FOOTBALL

Shelby 24, South Point 0 — Last season, the South Point football team started the season with two losses in its first three games, as the Raiders backed themselves into a corner early. They went on to win twelve straight games, running the table in the Big South 2A/3A Conference, earning the No. 2 seed in the 3A state playoffs and making a run to the 3A state championship game.

This year, the Raiders face a similar uphill climb after the third week of the season.

The South Point offense struggled to find any sort of rhythm Thursday night on the road in Shelby. The turned it over four times and managed just 120 yards of total offense, and fell to the Golden Lions 24-0.


AUGUST 2016 | FOOTBALL

Lincolnton 25, South Point 24 (OT) — There was never any doubt Lincolnton would go for two if the situation presented itself in overtime. The play itself? Now, that might have been the tricky part.

It all worked out as Tyreke Hollis hauled in a pass from Cordel Littlejohn for the winning two-point conversion in overtime as the Wolves left South Point with a 25-24 win Friday night.

“We just drew it up,” Hollis said of the final play, which saw Littlejohn scramble in the backfield just long enough for Hollis to free himself in the middle of the end zone.


AUGUST 2016 | FOOTBALL

South Point 27, Crest 12 — Entering Friday's season-opener, Crest was considered an overwhelming favorite to extend its school- and county-record 32-game winning streak at South Point, which had lost 24 seniors off a N.C. 3A runner-up team of a year ago.

But the South Point team that was considered too slow, too small and too inexperienced rolled to 27-12 victory over Crest at Lineberger Stadium.

Not only did the loss end Crest's winning streak that was tied for the seventh-longest in the country entering this season, but it showed that reports of South Point's demise had been greatly exaggerated.

"I think it was a total team effort," South Point coach Mickey Lineberger said. "We played as hard as we can play. We knew coming into this game that in 50 years, people would talk us breaking that streak.

"We had a lot of guys really step up and play their hearts out."




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