The Midway Raiders took a 3 hour road trip to Edenton and ran into a buzz saw at Holmes High School in the first round of the state playoffs. The Raiders ended a solid season with a 41-14 loss to the Aces.
Holmes got the ball first and set the stage early. After starting on their own 27 yard line, they quickly drove to the Midway 10. Quarterback Devin Coston connected with Xavionne Long for a touchdown pass. William High kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 9:10 left in the first period.
Neither team would threaten again in the opening quarter.
In second quarter, with the Raiders in the red zone, Raheem Bunch hauled in an interception on the 10 yard line. Long then broke loose on a 58 yard running play. Moments later Trey’l Beasley scampered 17 yards for another Ace touchdown. With 8:13 left before intermission, Holmes led 14-0.
The Raiders hit pay dirt at the 1:46 mark. After Troy Spell got a Raider first down on the Holmes 15, Cody Baker claimed another at the 5. Jeremy Robinson ran in from 3 yards out for the Raider score. A Junior Barajas PAT made it 14-7.
The home team started their ensuing possession on their 48, following a 40 yard kickoff return. On 4th and 6 from the 20, Coston found Tavis Stanley for a touchdown pass with just 17 seconds left in the half. 21-7 would be the half time score.
The Raiders went 3 and out to start the 2nd half. The Aces began their possession on the 25. Two plays later, Long broke free for a 63 yard scoring play. The Edenton team led 28-7 with 8:35 remaining in the 3rd period.
Once again, the Raiders were forced to punt after 3 plays on their possession. Holmes subsequently found the end zone again. This time Coston connected with Stanley for 56 yards and another 6 points. With 3:51 to go in the quarter, it was 35-7. That score would hold through the end of the period.
After a Raider possession ended in Holmes taking over on downs, the visitors forced a fumble, recovered by Cameron Godwin. The Raiders took over on their 25 and ended the possession with a 34 yard scoring play. Taylor Calcutt hit Spell to give Midway its 2nd score of the game. With just 2:10 remaining, it was now 35-14.
The Aces got a 62 yard run from T. K. Melton for the game’s final score with 24 seconds remaining. Holmes ran its record to 9-3 with the 41-14 win. The Raiders’ season ends at 9-3.
For Midway’s final game, Robinson rushed for 85 yards on 11 carries. Calcutt was 1 for 8 in passing. The Aces out rushed the visitors 199-135 and passed for 274 yards.
Defensively, Luke Clark, Jordan Thompson, and J. D. Lockamy had 5 tackles each to lead the Raiders.
Holmes will travel to Ayden-Grifton in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
“They were as good a team as we’ve played,” attested Midway head coach Tommy Sloan. “Their receivers were excellent. We thought we had the bead on them a time or two and we just couldn’t tackle them. Their defense was awful tough too.”