Raiders suffer first loss


By Danny McDowell - Sports Writer



Raider running back Terrel McGee fights through East Bladen defenders at Midway Monday night.


Midway’s Dylan Lee and Labi Olanipekun take down an East Bladen ball carrier in the backfield on a 4th down play Monday.


Midway hosted East Bladen on Monday night following the weekend rain-out. Both teams came in with 4-0 records to play their first Four County Conference game of the season. The Raiders scored first, but the Eagles responded with the next 3 scores and won the game 20-6.

The Raiders took the opening kickoff, starting on their 48, and went 3 and out. East Bladen, following the Austin Raynor punt, began on the 24 yard line. They also went 3 plays and punted, with Midway taking the early advantage in field position.

The home team once again started on the 48 and went 3 and out. This time they pinned the Eagles on the 8 yard line. When the visitors punted 3 plays later, it was from the 4 and the Raiders had the ball on the East Bladen 37.

When time expired in the opening frame, the Raiders were knocking on the door at the Eagle 18. Terrel McGee ran for a first down at the 5, and on the next play scampered in for the game’s first score. The Jackson Carr PAT attempt was blocked. It was 6-0 Midway with 10:58 left in the half.

On the ensuing possession, the Eagles got big yardage from Ethan Hines, and he eventually found pay dirt from 2 yards out. Jesus Ramos delivered the PAT and with 7:32 remaining until intermission, East Bladen led 7-6.

The Eagles threatened on their next possession. On 3rd and 9 from the Raider 13, Midway’s J. D. Lockamy hauled in an interception in the end zone with 41 seconds left. The halftime score stood at 7-6.

The Raider defense held East Bladen on 4th and 8 from the 20 early in the 2nd half.

However, the 2nd time Eagles had the ball, Kyle Tatum broke loose for 40 yards and an East Bladen touchdown. The PAT was missed, making it 13-6 with 3:46 left in the 3rd period.

As the quarter ended, the Raider defense held again on a 4th down play. Moments later a Midway fumble would put the Eagles back in business. The business was a 52 yard touchdown run by Hines. The PAT by Ramos made it 20-6 and that would be the final score.

Hines finished with 107 yards on 23 carries to lead the Eagles. They had a total of 283 yards.

Midway’s leading rusher was McGee with 28 yards on 10 carries. The only pass reception was by Dylan Lee for 11 yards. Quarterback Austin Raynor was 1 for 7 in passing. The Raiders had a total of 68 yards.

Michael Kramer and James Hardee had 11 tackles each to lead the Raider defense. David Hardee added 8 and a half tackles, while Larry Blanks and Lockamy each provided 7 and a half.

“It would seem like we had it going, and we would shoot ourselves in the foot,” assessed Raider head coach Jason Fussell. “Our blocking from everybody was bad tonight. East Bladen controlled every part of the game and our kids didn’t have the sense of urgency.”

However, Coach Fussell did praise the work of his defenders. “The defense played lights out,” he declared. “Michael Kramer, Larry Blanks, Lee, Lockamy, and James Hardee, after the first quarter, played great.”

The Raiders have no time to rest. They will take their 4-1 record to Pender Friday night. The Eagles, 5-0, will visit Clinton

By Danny McDowell

Sports Writer

Raider running back Terrel McGee fights through East Bladen defenders at Midway Monday night.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_EB-football-0341.jpgRaider running back Terrel McGee fights through East Bladen defenders at Midway Monday night.

Midway’s Dylan Lee and Labi Olanipekun take down an East Bladen ball carrier in the backfield on a 4th down play Monday.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_EB-football-0391.jpgMidway’s Dylan Lee and Labi Olanipekun take down an East Bladen ball carrier in the backfield on a 4th down play Monday.
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