The Midway Raiders hosted Rosewood Friday night in a game that featured former conference mates from the Carolina 1A. The Raiders won the game 43-29.
The home team got on the scoreboard first. After taking the kickoff to midfield, Midway got yardage from Terrel McGee to get to the 2 yard line, and then McGee took the ball in for the score. Jackson Carr hit the PAT and with 9:05 remaining in the opening frame, the Raiders led 7-0.
The Eagles’ Mike Woodard matched McGee’s opening and scored exactly 2 minutes later. The PAT by Red Almontaser made it 7-7.
The Raiders wasted no time getting back to the end zone. Larry Blanks scampered 43 yards for the score. With another Carr PAT, Midway led 14-7, 3:57 remained in the 1st period.
After Rosewood failed to convert on a 4th down play, the Raiders took over on their 43. Moments later Shaking Warren broke through for 27 yards and another Raider touchdown. Quarterback Austin Raynor ran for 2 points and it was 22-7 with 1:19 left in quarter.
A couple of possessions later, the Raiders got a15 yard run for another score by McGee. The PAT made it 29-7 Midway at the 7:40 mark of the 2nd quarter.
The Eagles weren’t finished with their first half offense. Quarterback Cameron Helt found Almontaser for a touchdown on an 11 yard pass play. A 2 point conversion by Woodard made it 29-15 with 4:56 to go in the half.
Rosewood then got the ball back on an interception by Almontaser and that led to another score by Woodard. With 38 seconds left before intermission, it was 29-22 in favor of the Raiders. That would be the halftime score.
In the 3rd period, 2 Midway interceptions on the same Eagle drive were negated. The first was due to an inadvertant whistle The 2nd was because of pass interference. The sequence led to a tying touchdown by Helt. With 9:47 left in the 3rd period, the score was knotted at 29.
The Midway defense would not allow the Eagles to threaten again. The Raiders got a touchdown from Jake Clark at the 4:42 mark of the quarter.
Just 5 seconds into the last frame, McGee hit pay dirt again with a 4 yard run. The Raiders led 43-20, which would prove to be the final score.
“Our team dominated most of the game,” asserted Midway head coach Jason Fussell. “Coach McLamb made some adjustments at halftime, and Sergio Rosales stepped up huge to free J. D. up at the corner. Our running backs ran hard and they managed the game great at the end.”
Larry Blanks led the Raiders offensively with 148 yards on 16 carries. Warren toted 12 times for 113 yards. McGee ran 19 times for 98 yards, while Clark had 8 carries for 40 yards.
Midway rushed for a total of 409 yards and passed for another 37.
Defensively, Dylan Lee and Michael Kramer had 5 and a half tackles each. Warren contributed 5.
The Raiders, 3-0, will host Lakewood next Friday. Rosewood falls to 1-2 and will travel to Lejeune next week.