In a battle between Midway and Clinton this past Friday, the Raiders struggled to keep the conference-leading Horses in check. Playing on the road, Midway went down handily, the final score 49-3.
The Horses didn’t do anything fancy or unexpected to throw Midway off. Plain and simple, they were just the better team all around in every aspect of the game, most notably in the rushing game, where Clinton did all its damage offensively.
While the Raiders had some decent success with 135 rushing yards, Clinton put up more than double that with 332 in total. The passing game went in Clinton’s favor also with 95 yards and two touchdown going their way. For Midway it was a rough showing with only 20 yards an interception.
“Clinton is a really good team and they are the No. 1 team in the conference for a reason,” said Midway coach Cory Barnes. “They just outplayed us across the board. We had mistakes on assignments and in passing which starts with coaching and play calling. I’ll take the heat for that and I’ve got to do a better job in coaching our guys in these situations.”
There were definitely plenty of mistakes made by the Raiders throughout the game, but they still had productive moments. The worst of it came on offense with long-but-stalled drives. A couple ended in turnovers, which Clinton eventually turned into points.
“We had some success moving the ball up and down the field but we struggled in the redzone,” Barnes said. “Whether it was a penalty, turnover on downs or a turnover, just about everything that could’ve went wrong for us in the redzone did. We’ve got to get better at capitalizing in those situations and punching some in to get points on the board.”
Javen Covington led the offensive front for Midway with 85 yards rushing on 18 carries, while Johnathan Cooper led the defense with his eight tackles. The Raiders’ defense also came up with two takeaways on a pair of fumble recoveries.
With the regular season concluded the Raiders finish at 8-3. They’ll face off against Red Springs, on the road, Friday for the first round of the 2A state playoffs.