Raiders run to homecoming win

Traci Westcott/ The Herald
Southridge's Cole Calvert (No. 28) races out to be a lead blocker for Brad Springer Friday night. The two Southridge running backs combined for nearly 400 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns in the Raiders' 37-7 win over North Posey. 

By TRAVIS DAVID
tdavid@dcherald.com 

HUNTINGBURG — After rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, it was going to be tough for anyone to top the night Brad Springer had Friday night.

But teammate Cole Calvert managed to do just that.

The Southridge fullback was named Homecoming King at halftime before he finished the game with 215 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns.

Behind the pair of backs, the Class 3A No. 9 Raiders (4-0, 2-0) cruised to a 37-7 romp over Pocket Athletic Conference foe North Posey on Homecoming.

“Yes, they are a pretty good 1-2 punch back there for us,” Southridge coach Scott Buening said of Springer and Calvert. “Add in Austin Kaeck who has had a couple real nice games for us as well and keeps getting better, we have some versatility on what we can do offensively and that is what the game of football is all about.”

Springer finished the game with 174 yards and the first first-half scores.

“That kid can flat out run,” Buening said. “And he is also a tenacious blocker for us. He is strong as all get out. It doesn’t matter to him if he’s getting the ball or being a lead blocker, he just wants to do whatever it takes to win and that is why he has become a leader for our football team.”

Springer gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead with a 16-yard run on 4th-down-and-2 with 6 minutes, 55 seconds left in the opening frame.

The scoring play capped a 11-play 80-yard opening drive.

All 11 plays came on the ground.

Camden Gasser came away with an interception for the Raiders on the first play from scrimmage for North Posey.

Calver then capped 6-play 36-yard drive with a score from 9-yards.

All 36 yards on the drive came on the ground.

“Last week Forest Park did a nice job of cramming the middle and taking our run game away from us early, but tonight I was proud of the way we were able to come out and get to the edge and really give us that versatility in the run game,” the Raiders coach said. “Coach (Brad) Ohanian and (Kelly) Murphy do a great job with putting together our offense.”

North Posey trimmed the lead to 13-7 with a score on its first possession of the second.

But Springer quickly made sure the momentum was short lived.

On the Raiders first play after allowing the score, Springer took a sweep left and raced past the Viking defenders for an 80-yard score for a 20-7 lead.

After Gasser came away with his second interception of the half, Calvert extended the Raiders’ lead to 27-7 with a 15-yard score.

Springer capped the first-half scoring with a 4-yard score for a commanding 34-7 lead at intermission.

Place kicker Jaylon Leon tallied the final three points of the game with a 21-yard boot in the fourth quarter.

Southridge carved up the Vikings’ defense to the tune of 452 yards rushing on 60 totes.

A big reason for the success on the ground came from 174-pound right guard Sebastian Street.

The three-year junior varsity player was making his first varsity start Friday night due to some injuries on the line.

“What he was able to do tonight just defines what Raider football is all about,” Buening said of his undersized guard. “You don’t see someone his size is not supposed to be playing on a good football team. I don’t know if he ever thought he would be playing meaningful minutes on the varsity but his number was called and he was prepared and he stepped up. That is all we can ask for.”

Sophomore Carson Niehaus was also making his first varsity start as he is filling in under center for injured quarterback Chase Taylor.

Niehaus completed two passes for 21 yards and rushed for 14 yards. Most importantly, he did not turn the ball over/

“The bright lights did not bother him tonight,”Buening said. “He did what he was supposed to do.”

Southridge travels to South Spencer next Friday.




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