The seven year domination of the North in the 65th annual SCADA North-South game (audio) ended Saturday with a dominating second half by the South which scored all of the game’s points in the final 30 minutes of a 23-0 victory. The North had won seven straight games and only one of those games was close.
The 23 point margin of victory is the largest for the South since a 34-7 win in 1972. And the shutout is the first since 2006.
After a scoreless first half, the South scored on the second play of the second half on a 78 yard run by Jerod Tucker of Summerville.
The game turned in the final minutes of the third quarter. The North killed a South threat with a Wesley Jordan (Ware Shoals) interception at the six. But on the next play, North quarterback Kylen Binn (Blythewood) was hit by linebacker Adam Crane (Socastee) and fumbled into the end zone. Binn recovered the ball off a bounce but was tackled in the end zone for a safety.
On the ensuing kickoff, DeAndre Schoultz returned the ball 79 yards to the North four. Two plays later Daitwan Commodore ran in from the three for a touchdown and a 16-0 South lead.
The South iced the game early in the fourth quarter on a 12 touchdown run by Commodore. The touchdown was set up by a 46 yard pass interception return by Roderick McCray (Timberland) to the North 13.
The South finished with 343 yards to 177 for the North. Tucker led the South in rushing with 79 yards on three carries. Commodore added 61 yards on 12 carries.
Binn led the North offense passing for 90 yards and rushing for 14 yards.
Linebacker Simeon Byrd (Spartanburg) led the North defense with 11 tackles and a sack, and linebacker Darius Leonard (Lake View) led the South with nine tackles.
The North now leads the series 36-27-2.
Post game interviews:
AUDIO: Scott Earley with South coach James Waring (Johns Island) [1:00]
AUDIO: Mike Vaughn with North coach Joe Montgomery (Rock Hill) [:42]
AUDIO: Earley with South MVPs Commodore and Leonard [1:31]
AUDIO: Vaughn with North MVPs WR Tavaris Cureton (Newberry) and Byrd [1:48]