Gallaspy, Storm continue surge toward playoffs
With only one game remaining on its regular season schedule, the Southern Guilford football team has all the momentum it needs to make another run deep into the playoffs as it did a season ago.
The Storm continued their winning ways Friday night, extending their streak to four games with a 27-14 victory over Southwestern Randolph. Another stellar performance by standout junior running back Reggie Gallaspy kept the Storm (6-4, 4-1) in contention for a conference championship, remaining only a half-game behind North Forsyth in the Mid-Piedmont 3A Conference.
Gallaspy finished with 151 yards rushing and scored all four touchdowns.
“He’s doing a lot right now and making our team go,” Southern coach Darryl Brown said.
Gallaspy has been dominant during the Storm’s four-game winning streak, rushing for 13 touchdowns and over 600 yards — putting him over the 1,000-yard mark on the season.
Friday night he racked up over 100 yards rushing for the sixth time this season, totaling 98 before the end of the second quarter.
“It all really starts with good blocking up front,” Gallaspy said “Our guys, O-Line and all, did a good job making good blocks.” He carried the ball 26 times averaging 5.8 yards per carry against the Southwestern Randolph defense.
Though it won by a comfortable two touchdowns, Southern twice turned the ball over, leading to scores the opposite way. A fumble in the first quarter and a bobbled screen pass in the second allowed Southwestern Randolph to keep the game tied 14-14 at halftime.
Defensively in the second half, the Storm stalled the Cougars’ offense and kept it out of the end zone. Southwestern Randolph was forced to punt on its first two possessions and had a costly special teams gaffe midway through the third quarter that led to a Southern Guilford touchdown.
“I’ve always felt that our kids play really hard. They keep scrapping,” Brown said. “But I was a little disappointed in the first half — not because we weren’t playing hard, but because we lost our focus.”
Brown noticed a pickup of tempo and execution in the second half, and was especially pleased with his No. 2 running back, sophomore Amon Harris.
Harris, who was recently called up to the varsity squad, played in his fourth game Friday night, carrying the ball eight times for 60 yards (54 yards in the second half). The Harris-Gallaspy duo gave Southern Guilford fans a little flashback of the dominant running duo from last season of Malik Moseley and Gallaspy.
“We are starting to get some momentum,” Harris said. “We’re just going to continue to work hard each week and stay focused on winning football games — everything else will work itself out.”
Harris’ performance is something Brown is welcoming with open arms as the regular season closes on Friday night at Ledford.
“We needed to bring up another playmaker to give us another weapon. He’s been great,” Brown said.
Southwestern (2-7, 0-4) remained winless in the Mid-Piedmont 3A conference and has two regular season games remaining.