Storm aims to build up steam
Southern Guilford is using a new phrase for inspiration these days.
“We have a new motto, 212,” Storm running back Reggie Gallaspy said after Southern thumped Western Guilford 42-7 on Friday night. “Water boils and starts to steam at 212. So our motto is 212 and then some. The first half we did 212 and the second half, we kicked it up a notch.”
Gallaspy played a major role in helping turn up the heat on the Hornets, scoring five touchdowns and rushing for 138 yards as Southern improved to 3-4 and 1-1 in the Mid-Piedmont 3A while gaining some traction in an injury-plagued season.
“This was our best game of the year,” Gallaspy said. “This will go a long way to help our season.”
The Storm rolled while trying to bounce back from having its original starting quarterback, his first replacement and eight other starters sidelined by injury.
“Seven weeks into the season and we’re still trying to find ourselves,” Storm coach Darryl Brown said. “We’re gotten better the last couple of week. It was good to see us move the ball on offense.”
Gallaspy move into the end zone for the first time when he tore through the Western defense and returned a punt 71 yards of a touchdown.
“The way our punt returns work, they build a wall and all I have to do is run it and make a play,” Gallaspy said.
He added scoring runs of 11 and 1 yards in the first half, and four and eight yards in the second half. Some of the scores came on runs to the outside and some were through big holes in the middle of the line.
“There were a lot of things open,” Gallaspy said. “There were some things in the plays that we weren’t supposed to do but were open. I had to pick and choose.”
The Storm got a defensive touchdown when Jamal Williams picked up the ball on a blocked punt and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. Southern held Western to net of minus 25 yards rushing and kept the Hornets from seriously threatening until they put together a late drive and scored on Tevan Evans’ 1-yard run with 12 seconds left.
Evans started, was replaced by De’Shaun Taylor just before halftime and came back in when Taylor was hurt after getting the Hornets to the Storm 28.
“Our defense has been strong all season,” Brown said. “Last week, we lost and didn’t give up an offensive score. We haven’t given up much defensively all year. Our guys run around and play their responsibilities pretty good and they were outstanding tonight.”