South Pike halts late North Pike rally preservin win, undefeated season

South Pike's Marquez Stallings (8) runs in a 2-point conversion during Friday's win at home over North Pike. 

The South Pike Eagles knew they had a chance to complete a perfect season but it would be a tough task against district opponent and county rival North Pike.

But the Eagles established their offensive game early en route to a 30-14 win in Friday’s regular-season finale.

Both squads have qualified for post-season play.

“None of us as individuals are perfect but tonight we finished the regular season perfect,” Eagles head coach Brinson Wall said.

The Eagles (11-0, 6-0) were just the third team in school history to complete the regular season undefeated.

The game featured momentum swings for both teams as South Pike proved dominate the first half and the North Pike became stout in the second.

The Eagles stormed out the gate early on the first possession, driving down the field in short order and capping off the possession with a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dontavious Turner.

After forcing a Jaguar (5-6, 2-3) 3-and-out, South Pike kept the momentum going on its second drive when Turner hit sophomore receiver Derrick McNeil on a 21-yard fade rout for another score. Angus Armstrong added the two-point conversion, giving South Pike a 14-0 advantage.

North Pike was forced into another 3-and-out and South Pike took advantage. The Eagles called up a quarterback draw, allowing Turner to find some space and sprint into the end zone from 65 yards out to give the Eagles their third touchdown if the first quarter.

Marquez Stallings ran in for the two-point conversion and South Pike took a 22-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Eagles continued to thrive. Brennan Felder recovered a North Pike fumble and South Pike had the ball on its 25 yard line.

On the next series, Turner connected with Alex Adams on a couple of big passes to push the drive down to the 2 yard line.

Christopher Royal punched it in from there and Angus Armstrong added the two-point conversion pushing the Eagles ahead 30-0.

North Pike found its first bit of success right before halftime when senior quarterback Alijah Martin hooked up with Jacoby Matthews down the left sideline for a 46-yard touchdown, making the score 30-6 at halftime.

The success seemed to spark the Jaguars, who found more success the second half.

South Pike was forced to punt deep in its own territory. North Pike capitalized on the situation by sending an all out blitz, blocking the punt.

Tavarious Quinn recovered the loose ball in the end zone, giving the Jags their second score of the night.

The momentum continued to swing in the Jaguars’ favor going into the fourth quarter. Martin proved to be difficult to stop for the Eagles as he marched the Jaguars all the way down to the Eagles' 4 yard line.

South Pike’s defense stood its ground on four straight plays, keeping North Pike out of the end-zone as the clock ran out.

North Pike head coach Chris Smith was happy with the way his team kept playing.

“We came out big eyed,” he said. “We settled down and shut them out of the end zone the second half. I was real proud of their effort”

The Eagles host Northeast Jones in the first round of the playoffs, while the Jaguars will travel to Quitman for their first-round match up.

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