Raiders hang on to defeat Knights

By: By Danny McDowell - Sports Writer

Midway made the trip south Friday night to take on West Bladen. The Raiders entered the game 2-3 in the Four County Conference and the Knights came in 3-2. The visitors broke the game open on a blocked punt and won the game 33-15.

The Raiders drove from their own 40 to score on the opening possession. After a big first down run by Terrel McGee, Larry Blanks ran it in from the 3. Jackson Carr nailed the PAT for a 7-0 lead.

Midway followed by recovering an onside kick and drove from the West Bladen 45. Shaking Warren got it to the 17 yard line and moments later Blanks carried from the 1 for another touchdown. With 3:08 left in the first quarter, it was 14-0 Midway.

The Knights finally got the ball and responded with a score on 4th and goal from the 1 foot line. Quarterback Stefan McDonald scored and it was 14-7 at the 9:53 mark of the 2nd period.

The Raiders would waste no time getting back on the board. After starting on their own 30, they got a 15 yard scamper from McGee and increased the lead to 20-7. The PAT failed.

With 4:54 left until intermission, the Knights were able to get back in the end zone. Malique McDowell ran from 7 yards out to score with 2:07 remaining. McDonald, on a fake extra point play, ran for 2 points. 20-15 would be the half time score.

The 3rd period featured the defenses and neither team scored. However, early in the final frame, the momentum swung to the Raiders. Less than a minute into the quarter, West Bladen was facing a 4th down on their own 1 yard line. James Hardee blocked the Knight punt in the end zone and Dylan Lee recovered for a Midway touchdown. The Carr PAT made it 27-15.

The Raiders would score 1 more time. Labi Olanipekun took the ball 32 yards to make it 33-15. That would turn out to be the final score.

“Offensively, we moved the ball all night long,” assessed Midway head coach Jason Fussell. “At half time we challenged the defense and we had a couple of guys step up huge for us. Colby Register, Jake Clark, and Caleb Horne to name a few. Hardee got an excellent block when we needed it. That changed the tone of the game. And Larry Blanks ran like a mule all night again tonight.”

McDowell led the offense for West Bladen. He had 14 carries for 75 yards.

Blanks led the Raiders with 135 yards on 22 carries. McGee tallied 128 yards on 22 carries.

Austin Raynor completed 3 of 9 passes for 52 yards for Midway.

Michael Kramer had 9 tackles to lead the Raider defense. Clark had 8 and a half, while Derrick Loftus added 8.

The Raiders, now 3-3 in conference play and 7-3 overall will host Union on Senior Night next Friday. West Bladen falls to 3-3 and 5-5.

By Danny McDowell

Sports Writer

Midway’s Terrel McGee fights for yardage Friday night at West Bladen.’s Terrel McGee fights for yardage Friday night at West Bladen.

Raider Labi Olanipekun breaks loose for what would turn out to be a 32 yard touchdown run against West Bladen Friday. Labi Olanipekun breaks loose for what would turn out to be a 32 yard touchdown run against West Bladen Friday.