Raiders trample Wildcats in season-opener
by David Johnson Sports Writer
The Hobbton Wildcats and the Midway Raiders tangled Friday night in the season opener for both teams. The Raiders dominated the Wildcats taking home a 49-0 win.
Wildcat coach Jeff Byrd said, “To start the game we did pretty well. We came out with a 6-minute drive down inside the 30-yard line and it just went backwards from there. We just have to get a lot better up front and find somebody that likes to make a little bit of contact and make some plays on defense. We moved the ball at times in the first half and then we would lay it on the ground and had a long run called back. We are going to go through growing pains and just hope we learn something.”
Raider coach Tommy Sloan said, “We played pretty good and they are mighty young and down on their luck. They turned it over a couple of time early and that was one of the big things. We can’t play a whole lot better, I don’t think. I just hope we can keep it up. His kids hung in and did a pretty good job. He’s mighty young. He’ll keep working at and do a good job.”
Hobbton had first chance and moved the ball 60 yards burning 6-minutes off the clock before they turned it over at the 33-yard line.
Midway turned the ball around and scored a couple of minutes later on a 33-yard run by Jeremy Robinson. Jr. Barajas kick the point after for a 7-0 lead with 3:42 left in the first quarter.
With 1:15 left in the first quarter, Cody Baker scored on a 1-yard run. The point after gave the Raiders a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats fumbled the next series to give the Raiders field position at the Wildcat 25-yard line. Troy Spell ran the ball in from 26-yards out for a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
At that point, the Wildcats’ Steven Bell broke one 80 yards on first down only to have it called back on a penalty. The Wildcats then gave up the ball on downs.
Midway scored again on a 40-yard pass play from Taylor Calcutt to Cody Baker. The extra point made it 28-0 with 9:50 left in the half.
The Raiders would add one more before the break on a 31-yard pass from Calcutt to Tyler Pope. They had a 35-0 lead at the break.
The Raiders scored twice more in the second half.
Baker had 104 yards and 2 touch downs on 9 carries. Robinson had 4 carries for 57 yards and 1 touchdown. Spell had 2 carries for 60 yards and 1 touchdown. Matt Kramer carried 7 times for 40 yards and 1 touchdown. Calcutt completed 2 of 4 for 72 yards and 2 touchdown.
Hobbton is now 0-1 on the season while Midway is 1-0. The Wildcats will travel to S. E. Halifax next week.
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