Midway and Pender finally were able to play each other in football action on Tuesday night, in a game that was originally scheduled for last Friday at Pender. Due to poor field conditions, the Patriots conceded home-field advantage to get the game in. Midway won the game going away, 39-0.
Midway got on the board early in the game when Austin Raynor threw a 19 yard touchdown pass to a wide-open JD Lockamy. Early in the second quarter, the two would connect again, this time when Lockamy made a highlight-reel catch in the back of the end-zone to put the Raiders up 14-0.
Nine seconds later, after recovering an onside kick, Raynor threw a 41 yard touchdown pass to Dillion Lee to put the Raiders up 21-0. They would add one more score before halftime, when Larry Blanks punched in a three yard touchdown run. After the Patriots would block the PAT, the Raiders would take a 27-0 lead into the halftime break.
Midway would score two more touchdowns before ultimately closing out visiting Pender. They capped off the blow-out when Labi Olanipekun punched in a touchdown run.
It was a big night through the air, and a very efficient one at that for Austin Raynor. The Midway quarterback went 3-4 through the air for 76 yards, throwing a touchdown pass on each completion.
Larry Blanks had 12 carries for the Raiders for 88 yards, Terrell McGee had 18 carries for 153 yards to lead Midway, and Labi Olanipekun added 78 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Defensively, Midway held Pender to just 33 total yards of offense. Olanipekun led the way with 5 tackles, and Dillion Lee had 4.5 tackles.
Entering their most difficult game of the year, with Clinton on Friday, the Raiders knew that they wanted to take care of business on Tuesday early, to get plenty of rest for their starters.
“We wanted to get the guys in and for them to do their job so we could get a lot of guys in tonight,” said Midway’s head coach, Jason Fussell. “I thought we did a good job of getting a lot of guys some valuable time. Knowing we have to play Clinton on short rest is tough, they’re always tough anyway, but we’ll try to start preparing for them. They don’t have a very complicated gameplan, we know what they are going to do, but they are very efficient in what they do. We’ll do what we can to prepare for them, and we just have to be ready to play.”
Midway is now 5-1 on the year, and 1-1 in conference play. They are set to host Clinton Friday night at 7:30 p.m.