Raiders 6-0 after thumping of Patriots
Danny McDowell Sports Writer
Midway defensive coordinator Billy McLamb expressed major concern about the Raiders’ date with Pender Friday night. After all, the Patriots did hang 46 points on Midway last year. However, that was last year. The 2013 version of the Patriots were dismantled by the Raiders Friday to the tune of 52-6.
Midway’s first possession did not result in a touchdown. In fact, Pender took over on downs. That gave Raider Jordan Thompson a chance for a pick 6. Thompson snagged an interception and ran 45 yards for the game’s first score. The PAT failed. The visitors led 6-0 with 5:00 to go in the first quarter.
On Pender’s ensuing possession, they coughed up the ball on their own 27 yard line and Raider defender Luke Clark pounced on it. On 4th and 12, Junior Barajas nailed a 33 yard field goal to make it 9-0 Midway at the 2:12 mark of the period.
As second quarter began, the Raiders were knocking on the door again. Quarterback Taylor Calcutt ran it in from 19 yards out for a 15-0 advantage. He then hit Tyler Pope with a pass for a 2 point conversion and 17-0 lead.
Moments later, the Patriots fumbled on their own 4 yard line giving the Raiders another golden opportunity. Calcutt quickly found Troy Spell for a 4 yard pass, and with the Barajas PAT, a 24-0 lead.
The Patriots got a 50 yard return on the Raider kickoff to set themselves up for their only touchdown, which was scored on a keeper by quarterback Rashawn Deloach. The PAT failed.
Midway found pay dirt once more time in the half. Atlantis Warren scampered in from 3 yards out. The Raiders led 31-6, which was the halftime score.
Things did not get any better for Pender in the second half. Cody Baker ran one in from 2 yards out at the 6:33 mark and a 38-6 lead.
Moments later, Pender executed a fake punt on 4th and 30 from their own 12 yard line
That did not turn out well for the home team. With 4:02 remaining in the 3rd period, Jeremy Robinson rushed 9 yards for Midway’s 6th touchdown and a 45-6 tally.
The Raiders then took advantage of another Patriot fumble. This time backup quarterback Matt Kramer ran 4 yards for the score. With 1:49 left in the third frame, it was 52-6 Midway. That would mercifully be the final score.
Pender falls to 0-5. The Raiders improve to 6-0 and 2-0 in the Four County Conference.
Offensively, Calcutt led the way for the balanced Raider attack. He ran 6 times for 75 yards. The visitors compiled 238 yards compared to 66 for the Patriots. The Raiders got 7 touchdowns from 7 different players.
Defensively, Dustin Horner led Midway with 8 tackles, Luke Clark added another 7.
The Raiders will battle Clinton next Friday on Midway’s turf. Pender will travel to East Bladen.
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