LUMBERTON — Lumberton kept it close for the first three quarters of Friday’s home opener against South View, but it was the fourth quarter that ultimately cost the Pirates in a 42-16 loss.
“I’m real proud of how we fought in the first half, thought it was a slugfest, but then it didn’t go our way in the second half,” said Lumberton coach Joe Salas. “That’s usually not the way we do it. Usually we’re a second half team, so we know we’ve got to get to work on Monday and get some things fixed.”
Lumberton led briefly after a field goal in the first quarter, but the Tigers’ run game ultimately trampled a streaky defense.
South View broke open their scoring with a 52-yard run by Jeremy Cox, who used size to break through Lumberton’s line, find holes and get big runs.
He had two first half touchdowns, both at least 20 yards, to help give South View a 21-10 lead at halftime.
Lumberton narrowed the lead to 21-16 after Demitri Sheridan intercepted a pass at the 18-yard line and ran it back for a touchdown.
In the fourth, South View took control.
The Tigers final three touchdowns starter with an interception late in the third that set them up for a drive starting at the Lumberton 33.
Using the dual backs of Cox and Trey McArn, they scored on six plays, finishing with a nine-yard run by McArn.
On Lumberton’s ensuing drive, the Pirates were limited to eight yards and failed to convert on a fourth-and-two, which gave the Tigers the ball at Lumberton’s 36. Tigers again ran it in behind Cox.
The proverbial nail came a few drives later when Anthony McManus picked off a pass from Lumberton’s Will Everette and ran it back 29 yards. He was flagged for taunting, but Bruce Clark still hit the long point-after.
Salas was somewhat happy with his defense, which caused seven turnovers, including three interceptions despite allowing numerous big plays throughout the game.
It was the Lumberton offense that struggled to find its groove early as the passing game struggled to get long receptions, settling for 42 yards in the first half before going for 144 in the air-heavy second half.
Everett finished the game with 186 passing yards on 18 completions but had three interceptions in the second half.
It was the first time in four meetings that South View has beaten the Pirates.
Salas said despite his team’s struggles and jumping out to an 0-3 start, he saw improvements as the schedule starts to increase in toughness.
“We’re getting there,” he said. “We’re one step closer to where we want to be but we’ve got to go through the mud to get to the sunshine.”
South View 42, Lumberton 16
South View 7 14 0 21 — 42
Lumberton 3 7 6 0 — 16
L — Jace Ward 9 field goal.
S — Jeremy Cox 52 run (Bruce Clark kick)
S — Cox 20 run (Clark kick)
L — Bryan Carpenter 13 pass from Will Everette (Ward kick)
S — Torey Baize 1 pass from Xavier Robinson (Clark kick)
L — Demetri Sheridan 18 interception return (Kick failed)
S — Trey McArn 9 run (Clark kick)
S — Cox 16 run (Clark kick)
S — Anthony McManus 29 interception return (Clark kick)
Passing: S —Xavier Robinson 4-9-2-40; L — Will Everett 18-31-3-186
Rushing: S — Jeremy Cox 23-179, Trey McArn 11-85; L — Josh Sheridan 13-60
Receiving: S — JaQuan Garland 1-29 ;L — Bryan Carpenter 4-46