JV Raiders win nail-biter over Bulldogs

Danny McDowell Sports Writer

October 18, 2013

The Midway junior varsity football team pulled off a thrilling victory over Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday at Spivey’s Corner. After breaking a 22-22 tie, the Raiders held on for a 29-28 victory.

Midway got the ball first. They drove from their own 35 to a first and goal on the Bulldog 4 yard line. Terrell McGee ran it in on first and goal and Jackson Carr nailed the extra point for the 7-0 lead at the 5:57 mark of the opening period.

The visitors responded with a 74 yard run on their first play from scrimmage. Their conversion failed, leaving the score at 7-6.

After the Raiders went 3 and out, the Bulldogs started on the Midway 35. Once again, Wallace-Rose Hill hit pay dirt on the first play with a 35 yard run. 2:52 remained in the first quarter and the visitors lead 14-7.

On the ensuing kickoff, Raider Paris Smith ran 85 yards, and with the Carr kick, a 14-14 tie.

Early in the second period, the Bulldogs drove from their 40 for a 22-14 lead.

Midway would score once more in the half. With 6.8 seconds left before intermission, McGee scored from 5 yards out. Carr’s PAT made it 22-22 at halftime.

Both defenses showed up in the second half. The Raiders scored with 7:17 left in the game. Quarterback Austin Raynor carried 1 yard for the score. Carr hit another crucial extra point.

The Bulldogs drove from their 36 and scored with 4:11 to go. Their 2 point conversion failed and the Raiders held on for the 1 point win.

Wallace-Rose Hill got one more possession, but a Sergio Rosales sack on the last play of the game clinched the victory for the home team.

“I was really pleased with the way the boys played,” asserted Midway head coach Jason Fussell. “They made adjustments on defense and came back real well after a hard week.”

The Raiders improve to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in Four County Conference Play.