On a night when many teams had already rescheduled games due to the threat of inclement weather, Midway and West Bladen stayed the course Friday evening, renewing an old Four County Conference rivalry.
The decision to not reschedule would prove costly, however. With 2:27 remaining on the clock in the first quarter, lightning finally got close enough to the stadium to prompt a delay. After an hour of waiting, there was still too much lightning in the area and the game was postponed until Monday night.
Prior to the delay, each team was able to put points up on the board that yielded a 6-6 tie.
With 6:51 on the clock, Raiders quarterback Carson Calcutt connected with Colby Pope for a 37-yard touchdown pass. West Bladen answered right back. Just a minute later with 5:51 on the clock, West Bladen broke open a 71-yard run for the touchdown.
Each team missed their PAT attempts, resulting in a 6-6 tie.
Just before play was halted, the Raiders had just given up a fumble on a botched punt attempt, handing the Knights excellent field position on the Raiders 33-yard line.
After play resumed on Monday evening the Knights went four-and-out on that possession, giving the ball back to Midway to end the quarter.
Midway also went three-and-out on the ensuing drive and after a successful punt, the Knights had the ball on their own 47-yard line. West Bladen began to march downfield, driving deep into Raiders territory before a fumble shut down the threat at the 3-yard line.
Midway’s next possession was bizarre, to say the least. The Raiders were able to move the ball out to midfield where it appeared they would stall. Faced with a punting situation on fourth-and-long, West Bladen twice made illegal contact with Midway’s punter to give the Raiders a new set of downs at the Knights’ 34-yard line.
The Knights defense held, putting Midway in another fourth-and-long situation, West Bladen was once again assessed a fourth down personal foul penalty to keep Midway’s drive alive and move the Raiders down to the Knights 15-yard line.
Midway was unable to capitalize and the half ended in a 6-6 tie.
Out of the halftime break, Midway received the opening kick and returned it all the way to the West Bladen 35-yard line. They went backwards from there and were not able to capitalize on the great field position.
The defensive struggle continued on West Bladen’s ensuing drive. The Knights were unable to convert a new set of downs and were forced to punt. The Knights were about to cash in on the biggest break of the game.
Midway’s Donte Blue stood in to receive the punt but the catch was coincided by a big hit by a Knights defender. The collision resulted in Blue fumbling the ball and West Bladen’s Tyre Boykin scooped up the loose ball and ran it back for the score. The two-point conversion was successful and the Knights led 14-6 with 7:07 left in the third.
Picking up in the fourth, Midway was driving late in the game as the Raiders offense finally found a little fire. That flame was quickly doused as West Bladen shut down the Raiders scoring drive with an interception.
The Knights sealed the deal when Kerron Washington found the end zone on a 25-yard touchdown run to reach the games final score of 20-6.
Leading Midway’s offense was Javen Covington with 117 rushing yards on 18 carries. In the passing game, Carson Calcutt completed 11 passes on 17 attempts and had a touchdown and two interceptions. Defensively for the Raiders, Logan Rogers had 6.5 tackles.
Midway has now lost their last two games and has an overall record of 1-2. They will be back in action this Friday when undefeated Lakewood comes into Spivey’s Corner. Game time is 7 p.m.
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