Cross-county rivals Hobbton and Midway duked it out Friday night with Midway coming out on top, 40-12. It was a well-played game despite the lopsided score.
“We have a bunch of young guys and we took some lumps this season,” commented Midway coach Jason Fussell. “I thought we played a great team game tonight. We came together and played really well, which is something we have lagged at, at times. Sometimes you run three plays well and then there’s that one that goes for a touchdown. I’m really proud of them tonight. They played a complete ball game.”
“Like I told them, I don’t know that they can see how much better they are getting. We are getting better from week to week. I’m proud of how hard they work and how hard our coaches work. Eventually, something good is going to happen to this crowd,” said Wildcat coach Robert Hill.
The Raiders struck first, however the Wildcat defense made them work for it. The first score came with 6:24 left it the first quarter. The Raiders started on their own 39-yard line as Donte Blue scored on an 8-yard run. Cameron Barefoot kicked the point after for a 7-0 Raider lead.
The Wildcats answered quickly starting from mid-field. DaCorris Morrison set up the score with a 37-yard run to the 1-yard line. Greyson Rogers scored on a 1-yard plunge up the middle. The PAT kick went wide and with 3:18 left in the first quarter, it was a 7-6 game.
Midway came right back scoring with 13 seconds left in the quarter when Carson Calcutt scored on a 1-yard run. The PAT kick was wide.
Three minutes into the second quarter, Calcutt scored again. He also ran for two giving the Raiders a 21-6 lead. With 32 seconds left in the quarter, the Raiders were threatening again when Josh Royal picked off Calcutt pass at the 5-yard line. The half ended with a 21-6 score.
The Wildcats opened the second half with a scoring drive. Midway short-kicked all night giving the Wildcats good field position with each possession. With 7:27 left in the third quarter, the Wildcats hit pay dirt again when Royal scored from 6 yards out on a run. The PAT kick was wide leaving the score at 21-12.
With most of Hobbton’s players on both sides of the ball, fatigue began to set in during the third quarter. Midway kept up the pressure scoring again with 5:16 left in the third quarter to go up 27-12 with the extra point. Javen Covington scored on a 1-yard run.
As the third quarter wound down, the Raiders would add another score to go up 33-12.
In the fourth quarter, the Raiders scored again on a 45-yard run by Covington. Barefoot’s extra point kick made it 40-12.
The Wildcats were threatening late in the game when the Raiders broke up a fourth down pass in the end zone.
Individually on defense, Morrison had nine tackles and one assist, Rogers had eight tackles and four assists. Daniel Britt had four tackles with two assists, Aaron Beasley, Will Simmons, Tyler Hudson and Charles Cruz each added five tackles. Offensively, Morrison led the Wildcats with 123 yards.
For the Raiders offensively, Blue had 201 yards on 15 carries. Covington had 116 yards on 20 carries. Calcutt was 2-for-3 for 76 yards and one interception.
The Raiders are now 2-3 on the season. The Wildcats are 0-5 and have a week off. Their next outing will be Sept. 29 at Smithfield-Selma.