A summer monsoon didn’t dampen the Raiders’ spirit in Friday’s football season opener. Instead, it seemed to waken a sleeping giant.
After nearly an hour and a half of a weather delay, Madison County came out on fire, blasting Jackson County 42-12. David Metts opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run inside of five minutes of the game resuming. Four-and-a-half minutes later, KJ Burton plunged in from four yards out to quickly give the Raiders a 14-0 lead.
The Raider defense prove to be tough all night including a play where freshman Colby Smith picked off a Panther pass and rolled nearly untouched 30 yards for another Raider touchdown. Jackson County finally found the end zone with 4:27 left in the tired quarter on a one yard run but the Raiders were equal to the task. Madison County’s Michael Self grabbed a loose football and raced 48 yards for a touchdown extending the lead to 28-6.
The Raiders scored again from five yards out at the 9:05 mark when KJ Burton scored again from five yards out. The drive was set up by a blocked punt by Jaylan White near midfield. Jackson County mixed in another touchdown but David Metts put the game to rest after scoring from 15 yards out on a quarterback keep with 2:19 left. The Raiders will travel to Elbert County on Friday night. Kickoff is at 7:30.
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