The Midway Raiders pleased their fans on Friday night with a 64-28 win over visiting Trask on Homecoming. The Raiders jumped out to a 20-0 lead before Trask cut into the lead, and got it down to 34-28 on their first drive in the second half. However, the Raiders responded well, scoring 30 straight points to claim the victory.
Midway scored many times on the ground, as Labi Olanipekun, Larry Blanks, Terrell McGee, and Shaking Warren all found the end zone for the Raiders. They also scored once through the air, when Austin Raynor threw a 44 yard pass to Dillion Lee.
Although the home team scored early and often, Trask didn’t back down, and came back to give the Raiders a short scare. Midway responded in a good way, but things should have never been that close.
“We have some guys that like to kind of let up and not go as hard when they see that we have a pretty good lead up there,” said Midway’s head coach Jason Fussell after the game. “We stressed to them at the half that we had to keep playing hard, and they came out and played well. I also really liked the fact that Larry Blanks didn’t have to play defense tonight, he was fresh offensively and gave us a big game.”
Blanks led the Midway rushing category with 141 yards on 19 carries. Terrell McGee was just behind him with 130 yards on 15 carries.
Dillion Lee had 2 catches for 67 yards, and Austin Raynor was 4-7 passing with 107 yards.
Midway was able to rack up a total of 511 yards, including 404 from their rushing game.
Defensively, Michael Kramer had a big game with 11.5 tackles. Derrick Loftis had 11 tackles and Jake Clark had 8.5.
Fussell went on to talk about the way his team played more aggressively on Friday, which he was glad to see, despite it meaning more penalties.
“I really liked us being more aggressive out there,” he said. “I know that meant we got some more penalty flags thrown, but I can live with it, because we have lacked a bit of that here lately. It was nice to see us play with some fire underneath us for a little while, and maybe we can keep it in the right direction for next week.”
Midway is now 6-3 overall, and travels to West Bladen next week. There are just two remaining regular season games, which means what happens now is crucial to playoff pictures. The game is slated to kick off at 7:30 in Bladen County.