Raider experience a plus at jamboree

Danny McDowell Sports Writer

August 17, 2013

The Midway Raiders entered the 2013 Sampson County Pigskin Jamboree with 19 seniors. They return 9 starters on offense and 6 on defense. The offensive experience showed Friday night in scrimmage situations.

The Raiders had four 10 minute periods on offense and 4 periods on defense, with an opportunity to operate against each of the other participating teams. The offense produced 2 touchdowns versus Lakewood, 3 against Hobbton, 2 in their scrimmage with Union, and 1 against the host Clinton Dark Horses.

Senior Troy Spell’s performance led the way for Midway. Spell caught several passes from senior quarterback Taylor Calcutt and gained a lot of real estate during the Raider possessions. Other standouts for the Midway included Drake Strickland and Matt Kramer, each finding the end zone.

Defensively, the Raiders struggled at times. Union scored twice against them, and Clinton moved the ball well, scoring once and fumbling on the goal line the second possession. Lakewood hit pay dirt one time, while Hobbton was unable to score on the Raider defense.

“We’ve got to improve on defense. We did pretty decent on offense, I felt like, except maybe against Clinton,” stressed Raider head coach Tommy Sloan. “Defensively, we’ve got to find some people to play especially on the outside. We’ve just got to get the right people in the right place. We were out of position bad at times and a lot of it is because some of them hadn’t played there before.”

The Raiders will open their regular season next Friday at Hobbton. Game time is 7:30.