Stallions stomp Tornadoes
Fri. November 01, 2013 at 5:10 p.m. | By By Marty Simpkins | StarNews Intern | firstname.lastname@example.org
TABOR CITY | South Columbus bounced back from a disappointing loss last week to wipe out Fairmont, 56-24 on Friday night.
The Stallions shut down Fairmont's offense in the second half and scored 28 unanswered points to pull away. South Columbus coach Jake Fonvielle said his team had to overlook a few points, but not too many.
"We knew they were going to complete some balls and score some points," Fonvielle of the Golden Tornadoes, who were averaging 42 points per game coming into the night.
"They have a great quarterback with great receivers, but we felt like if we could limit them to three touchdowns then we could win."
While Fairmont throws the ball all over the field, South Columbus' rushing attack secured the win.
The Stallions (7-3, 5-1 Three Rivers) ground out 546 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Dashaun Daniels went for 202 yards on 23 carries, and Reggie Frink put up even bigger numbers, with 242 yards on 18 carries. He also scored the last two touchdowns to seal the win.
"Blocking is always the key to success," said Frink. "Without blocking, there are no holes to run through. Coach wanted us to hold on to the ball. He said that if we just hold on to the ball, good things will happen."
Fonvielle was proud of his team's offense and their ability to run the ball against a Fairmont defense that had posted three shutouts on the road this season.
"Our backs have great vision and they saw some things inside that got them out of trouble," said Fonvielle. "Our offensive line blocked hard and I felt like we could run the ball well. They all did a great job tonight."
Fairmont (7-3, 3-3) will play South Robeson at home next week. South Columbus has a showdown against longtime rival Whiteville with crucial conference and playoff seeding implications.
"For Whiteville, we've got to work on the little things like making sure we get positive yardage and hold on to the football," said Fonvielle. "We had some mental breakdowns out there and that's going to be the key to the game coming up if we can limit our turnovers."