The Midway Raiders picked up its first loss of the season Friday night in a 28-7 decision to the visiting Princeton Bulldogs. Princeton used 409 total yards to take down the young Raiders.
After the teams traded punts in their first few possessions, Princeton was able to get on the board with 2:22 to play in the opening quarter. Midway then scored 13 seconds later on their first play from scrimmage in the ensuing drive. Jeremy Robinson took a hand-off from quarterback Cameron Godwin 73 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 7-7.
After another Princeton score in the second quarter, Midway drove down the field and got down into the red zone. With time expiring in the first half, Jackson Carr’s field goal attempt was blocked by the Bulldogs, preventing the Raiders from grabbing any sort of momentum entering the second half.
The Raiders had plenty of chances to make something happen with the game still in reach in the second half, but after various penalties and a fumble on the Princeton side of the 50, Midway’s chances of winning were very slim.
Holding a 21-7 lead, the Bulldogs would punch in another score with just under two minutes to play.
“We just need to learn to come back from bad situations. We have a young team and the guys are going to make mistakes, but we have to be able to bounce back from them better,” said Midway’s head coach, Jason Fussell following the first loss in his football coaching career.
Jeremy Robinson led Midway in rushing with 14 carries for 141 yards and the 73 yard touchdown scamper.
Labi Olanipekum led Midway in tackles with 7. Derrick Loftis had 6 tackles for the Raiders, and Kyle Hawley and J.D. Lockamy each had 5 1/2 tackles.
Midway will play their first road game next week as they travel to Rosewood. “We need to focus on overcoming adversity,” said Fussell. “That’s something we need to improve on before next week.” Midway falls to 1-1 on the year.