The Hobbton Wildcats made the short trip to Midway Friday night to rekindle their long standing rivalry. It used to be an end of season encounter, but now they are in different classifications and it’s an opener.
After waiting through a thunderstorm, Midway dominated this year’s edition with a 35-6 victory.
The Raiders did not start well. They fumbled on their first possession. However, moments later, the Wildcats were forced to punt.
With 3:27 remaining in the opening frame, Midway’s Jeremy Robinson raced 47 yards for the game’s first score. The PAT failed. The Raiders led 6-0. That would be the score after 1 quarter.
After each side punted in the second quarter, the Wildcats fumbled on their own 31 yard line. The Raiders then advanced to the 3, before Labi Olanipekun carried it in for the touchdown. This time Raiders tried a 2 point conversion. Quarterback Cameron Godwin found Andre Sankey for the score. Raiders led 14-0 with 7:16 left in the half.
The Raiders held Hobbton in place on the next possession and started from their 27 following the Wildcat punt. At the 3:21 mark, Robinson got loose again and this time for 45 yards and his 2nd touchdown of the evening.
Jackson Carr followed with the PAT. Raiders 21, Hobbton 0. That score would hold until intermission.
The Wildcats got the ball first in the second half. However, a Hobbton fumble was recovered by Jaylon Stewart of the Raiders. Moments later Jeremy Robinson scampered into the end zone from 2 yards out. Carr hit another PAT and it was 28-0 with 8:54 left in the third period.
Five minutes later, Larry Blanks ran 12 yards for the final Raider score.
The Hobbton touchdown came with 34 seconds remaining in the 3rd period. Quarterback Greg Herring found Raequan Bryant and Bryant covered 38 yards for pay dirt. The PAT failed.
Neither team scored in the final period. The Raiders fumbled twice, then held the Wildcats on 4th and goal from the 4 yard line.
The Raiders finished with 356 total yards, including 334 on the ground. Robinson carried 11 times for 151 yards. Blanks ran 14 times for 84 yards.
Godwin threw only 7 times and completed 2 passes.
Stewart led Midway in tackles with 7 and a half. Kyle Hawley had 6 and a half.
The Wildcats had 85 rushing yards on 33 carries. Ellis Wilson led the way with 39 yards on 9 carries.
Herring passed for 92 yards. He completed 7 of 17.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” asserted Hobbton head coach Jeff Byrd, “the offensive line’s got to do a better job blocking. We didn’t have any time. I liked the effort, but we’ve got a long ways to go.”
The Wildcats will host Southeast Halifax next week.
“We were a little flat tonight,” admitted Midway coach Jason Fussell, “which you would expect having to sit in the gym for an hour. (during the storm) One good thing is we got to play a lot of guys and most of them did well. I thought Larry, Jeremy, Matt Kramer, Dylan Lee, Kyle Hawley, whoever touched the football, they ran it hard and ran it well.”
Midway will host Princeton next week.