Mistakes doom Leopards as Raiders continue winning streak

Adam Capps Sports Writer

September 14, 2013

The Midway Raiders defeated the Lakewood Leopards Friday evening to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2008.

Midway got off to a good start as Jeremy Robinson returned the opening kickoff to the Lakewood 37 yard line. Midway chewed almost 6 minutes off the clock, and the scoring drive was capped off by a 27 yard field goal by Junior Barajas.

Lakewood would drive down the field on their opening possession and fail to score in the red zone. This was a reoccurring problem for the visitors.

In the second quarter, Cody Baker leaped over the wall of Leopard defenders for a touchdown and a 10-0 Midway lead. After another Lakewood drive stalled, Raider quarterback Taylor Calcutt would find Andre Sankey on a curl route, in which Sankey turned on the jets to take in for a touchdown from 44 yards out.

Lakewood finally got on the board with a 23 yard field goal by Wesley Sessoms with 23 seconds to go in the opening half. At halftime, Midway led 17-3.

The third quarter was back and forth with not a lot of offense, until Cody Baker broke loose for a 41 yard touchdown on an outside hand-off, his second of the night, and the Raiders quickly lead 24-3.

On 4th and goal from the 17, JJ Tanner found Jabriel Cooper for a Lakewood touchdown with 11:22 to play in the game. This cut the lead to 24-10, and Lakewood had some momentum after recovering the ensuing onside kick. However, the Leopards would fumble in Raider territory, and Kendall Byrd of Midway recovered the fumble.

Taylor Calcutt would score for Midway on their next drive, and the deal was sealed. Midway went on to win 31-10.

Coach James Lewis of Lakewood said his team didn’t play bad, but Midway was just “a really good ball team.”

Midway Coach Tommy Sloan was very pleased with the way his team played in every aspect of the game. He stated that it is nice to be 4-0, and now they must focus in on conference competition. He said his team wants to make the playoffs their first year in the 2A division, and he feels his team is poised to do so.

Statistically, the leading rushers were Cody Baker for Midway, with 13 carries for 73 yards, and Shyheim Rich for Lakewood with 75 rushing yards.

Troy Spell led the Raiders in receiving with 2 catches for 73 yards, while Jabriel Cooper led Lakewood with 5 catches for 31 yards.

Passing, Taylor Calcutt was 5-9 for the Raiders for 146 yards, with no passing touchdown or interceptions. For the Leopards, JJ Tanner was 11-20 with 81 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

Midway has a bye week next week, then hosts Clinton.

Lakewood falls to 2-2 on the year, and host the Panthers from North Johnston next Friday evening.