CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It was a grand opening in more ways than one for South Charleston Friday night.
Sophomore Kentre Grier threw for four touchdowns and ran for another -- all in the first half -- helping the Black Eagles christen their new on-campus field with a 75-16 conquest of St. Albans. A crowd of about 3,000 attended under perfect weather conditions.
The Black Eagles (1-1), who have played in recent years at Lions Field in Dunbar and Oakes Field in South Charleston, made the first half of their first true home game a memorable one. They bunched three touchdowns into the final 35 seconds of the first half to build a 53-0 halftime lead.
"It felt real good,'' said Grier, who hit on 11 of 15 passes for 221 yards. "We got to play on our home field finally. We came out and did what we had to do to get the win. I felt we played real good as a team. Our line did a good job and basically, it was a great game overall.''
Grier found four different receivers on his scoring passes -- Marquel Hampton (from 3 yards), A.D. Cunningham (9 yards), Fred Crozier (31 yards) and Kevin Forrest (27 yards). Grier also hit the end zone himself on a 10-yard run.
After Cunningham (who ran for 85 yards and two TDs) scored on a 6-yard run with 35 seconds left in the first half to make it 40-0, SA fumbled bringing back the ensuing kickoff and SC's Johnny Kimble returned it 15 yards for a TD.
The Red Dragons (0-2) got good field position following the next kickoff, starting at their own 48. Jacob Grigsby attempted to roll out and throw a pass, but fumbled and Chrisjamar Perkins picked it up for SC and was tackled at the SA 27. Two plays later, Grier found Forrest on a TD toss with two seconds remaining.
"We just had a good game,'' Grier said. "We were connecting with our receivers a lot. We made a few mistakes here and there, but we've got to get everything right in practice so we can get the next game, too.''
The mistakes piled up for St. Albans in the first half as it committed five turnovers (four fumbles, one interception) and saw two bad snaps to the punter result in losses of 16 and 13 yards, giving SC good field position. Thus hampered, the Red Dragons were limited to 59 first-half net yards.