Raiders can't contain Louisburg rushing attack
Southern Vance allowed 331 rushing yards and turned the ball over three times in Friday’s 36-20 homecoming loss to Louisburg.
Antonio Smith scored three times for the Warriors, racking up 163 yards on 29 carries.
Louisburg, of the 1-A Tar-Roanoke Conference, improved to 3-2 overall and Southern dropped to 2-3.
Louisburg led 16-8 at halftime and recovered on an onside kick to start the second half.
The Warriors drove it to Southern’s 3-yard line, but the Raiders stopped the visitors short by inches to force a turnover on downs.
Louisburg got it back two plays later when Chris Smith recovered a fumble in Southern’s backfield.
Smith scored eight plays later and ran in on the two-point conversion to make it 24-8.
Southern quarterback Ty-Traveon Roberts scored on a keeper to cut the lead to 24-14 after hitting Jeremiah Williams on a 33-yard pass play.
But Louisburg added another third-quarter score and went up 36-14 with 6:03 to play in the fourth quarter.
Louisburg finished with 393 yards of total offense to Southern’s 227.
The Warriors held the Raiders to 77 rushing yards.
Southern quarterback Ty-Traveon Roberts was 7-of-16 passing for 150 yards and had a 35-yard touchdown pass to William Henderson in the fourth quarter.
Louisburg only threw five passes and the first one was worthy of the highlight reel. Receiver Derrick Smith snagged a one-handed grab from quarterback Caleb Allen around Southern’s 40 and ran it in for the game’s first score.
Southern visits Greensboro Smith next week.