Midway head football coach Jason Fussell would like nothing more than to come home with a victory some year when he goes up against his alma mater at Wallace-Rose Hill. 2015, however, was not to be the year as the visiting Raiders fell 30-0 Friday night to the powerful Bulldogs.
The Raiders looked promising in the opening possession. They moved the ball from their own 23 yard line to the red zone of the Bulldogs. However, as the drive fizzled, a Jackson Carr field goal attempt fell short and the home team had the ball.
Quarterback Aliza Carter promptly ran 65 yards for Wallace-Rose Hill and then Jhonta Wilson scampered to the end zone from the 5 for a 6-0 Bulldog lead. The 2 point conversion attempt failed. 3:50 remained in the 1st quarter.
The Raiders got the ball on their 20 and advanced to the Bulldog 42. They were then stopped on 4th and 8 and turned the ball over on downs.
The home team got as far as the Midway 19 before calling on Yahir Cano for a 34 yard field goal. With 7:32 remaining until intermission. the Bulldogs led 9-0.
After holding the Raiders on downs again, Wallace-Rose Hill took over for their final go of the half. After dancing all around the goal line, Midway pushed them back to the 37 yard line on a 4th down play.
There was enough time left for 1 Raider play and it turned out to be an interception by Quavion Basyden. The score remained 9-0 at the half.
The Raiders also opened the 2nd half with an impressive defensive stand, including holding the ‘Dogs on a 4th and 2 play at the Midway 32.
After a Raider punt, Wallace-Rose Hill got a 40 yard run by Johnny Glaspie and then Desmond Newkirk hit pay dirt with 1:29 to go in the 3rd period. The Cano PAT made it 16-0.
Early in the final frame, the Bulldogs made it 23-0 on a 15 yard run.
With 6:47 to go, they got their last touchdown with a 45 yard carry.
For the Raiders, Derrick Loftus led in defense with 13 and a half tackles. J. D. Lockamy added 9.5, followed by Dylan Lee with 9 and Michael Kramer had 8.5.
Offensively, Midway ran for 83 yards and also passed for 83. Quarterback Jake Clark connected on 5 of 11. Terrel McGee led the Raider ball carriers with 30 yards. Marelle Bullock was the top receiver with 75 yards.
The Raiders had 6 first downs, while the Bulldogs had 9. Wallace-Rose Hill had 435 total yards. Glaspie ran for 147 of them, while Wilson was the top receiver with 45 yards.
The Bulldogs improve to 4-0 in Four County Conference play. They are 7-1 overall.
Midway falls to 1-3 and 5-3. They observe homecoming next week as they play host to Heide Trask.