Patriots Trip Red Devils
August 18, 2012By Denis Vass of Graham High School
The end result was not the outcome new head coach Anthony Timmons was seeking after his first game as coach of Graham. Southern Alamance was able to stop Graham when they needed to, and scored late in the fourth quarter to pull out a 22-16 win over Graham in the 2012 season opener for both teams.
Southern's two-horse team of Dairyon Matkins and Johnathan Lloyd kept Graham's defense guessing all night long as the duo carried the football 44 of the Patriot's 56 rushing attempts and churned out 184 of Southern Alamance's 231 yards rushing, and each scored once, Lloyd on a 14 yard scamper in the first quarter and Matkins an 8 yard bull run in the 4th that gave the Patriots a lead they never relinquished.
The outcome was similar to all the games over the past few years played between Graham and Southern-close and to the wire. Graham won last year 21-14, Southern won in 2010 14-12, while Graham won in 2009 39-38.
Antonio Turner was one of the bright spots on a dreary evening for Graham, rushing 8 times for 142 yards, scoring once on a 63 yard burst of speed, while catching 4 passes for 43 yards. Edwin Auroeles kicked three field goals.
The Red Devils got deep inside the red zone twice, but all they had to show for their effort was two field goals by Auroeles. Graham had one touchdown nullified by a holding call.
The road to a victory for Coach Timmons gets harder by the week. Graham travels to Western Alamance this Friday for their second non-conference game of the season. The Warriors defeated conference foe Reidsville Friday evening.