Ironton throttles South Point, 62-13
IRONTON — A tiger’s roar is something to behold, and the Ironton Fighting Tigers (3-2) made plenty of noise in front of their home crowd Friday night while taming the South Point Pointers (0-5) 62-13 at Tanks Memorial Stadium. The win gave Ironton 18 consecutive victories in the series.
Junior quarterback Gage Salyers threw a trio of touchdown passes in the opening quarter while spreading the ball to three different receivers. Wide receiver Trent Hacker, fullback Seth Fosson, and halfback Reid Carrico each had a touchdown reception for the Fighting Tigers.
The one blemish for Ironton on the night came in the opening quarter when Salyers attempted to throw the ball away while being taken to the ground by a South Point defender. Senior safety Joel Morrison of the Pointers intercepted the pass and sprinted 76 yards to the end zone.
Rain began to fall as the two sides began the second quarter, forcing Ironton to keep the ball on the ground, but it was no problem as Carrico had touchdown runs of 1 and 9 yards and Salyers scored on a 66-yard scramble after some textbook blocking from his teammates guided him to the end zone. After Morrison’s pick-six, Ironton rolled off 34 unanswered points to end the half, leading South Point 41-6.
“Ideally we’d like to be balanced as much as possible to keep the other team off balance and on their heels a bit. Fortunately tonight we were successful in accomplishing that,” Ironton head coach Trevon Pendleton said.
The game was played with a rolling clock in the second half with Ironton leading by 35. Both teams were kept off the scoreboard in the third quarter before Ironton extended it’s run to 48 consecutive points, ballooning the lead to 55-6 with 7:29 left in the contest after touchdown runs from freshman Ashton Duncan and a second score from Fosson.
Morrison seemed to be the only Pointer with an answer for the Fighting Tigers as he took a kickoff back for a touchdown, sprinting 95 yards down the sideline for the score. Morrison scored the only two touchdowns for the Pointers in the contest.
Despite the wire-to-wire victory, Pendleton pointed to slow starts as means for improvement as the Fighting Tigers move forward this season.