Pollack ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more, and the Rebels rallied to beat visiting Grainger 34-26 in the Region 1-4A opener for both football teams.
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Pollack scored on runs of 9, 57 and 15 yards. He tossed a 34-yard scoring strike to Austin Monds and a 19-yard TD pass to Gavin Parker.
“I wouldn’t trade Luke for anyone,” said South coach Justin Hilton. “He made big plays out there tonight.”
South (2-1, 1-0) broke out on top on Pollack’s TD pass to Monds in the first quarter.
The Grizzlies (1-1, 0-1) responded with back-to-back, second-quarter touchdowns to take a brief 12-7 lead.
Pollack put the Rebels back on top, 13-12, with his 9-yard scamper with 36 seconds left in the first half.
South took the second-half kickoff and Pollack put the Rebels further out front, 20-12, by racing 57 yards for a touchdown.
“I saw a crease, made a couple of guys miss, then picked up a couple of blocks and just made it into the end zone,” he said.
Grainger quarterback Preston Owens narrowed the score to 20-18 on a 2-yard run before South came through with two straight scores to up the advantage to 34-18 midway through the fourth quarter.
Owens electrified the Grizzlies faithful on a 49-yard TD run with 5:26 to go in the game, bringing the visitors within 34-26.
Grainger then recovered an onside kick but turned over the ball on downs, allowing South to run out the clock.
“Grainger had a great game plan,” Hilton said. “They ground it out and just played old-time football.
“I was pleased with our line play tonight. We just need to clean up some mistakes and penalties and we could be a pretty good team.”
Pollack finished with 178 yards rushing on 21 carries. Owens ran the ball 26 times for 158 yards.
“South’s quarterback is dynamic,” said Grainger coach Chad Tate. “We just couldn’t keep it away from them enough and that cost us.”
KICKING GAME MATTERS
South kicker Colby Light converted four of his five extra-point attempts. Grainger didn’t use a placekicker and failed to score on four of its five 2-point conversion attempts.
The Rebels will host Gate City next week in their annual border clash.