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By Dallas Bordon and Zach Mitcham
One play when it counts — the Raiders got just that Friday night in their 15-14 win at Oconee County.
Actually, how about two?
Trailing 14-0 early in the second quarter, the Red Raiders rallied to take a late lead on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Wesley Johnson to Malik Freeman with 3:21 left to play. That score was followed by a clutch two-point conversion run by Freeman.
“Malik got behind him and I told the quarterback if they bail with Malik, throw it in the flat to Cameron (Stevenson),” said Red Raider head coach Chris Smith of the late touchdown. “If he gets his pads downhill, he’s got a chance to score. But they sucked up (toward the line) and he got it over his head to Malik. It was a great throw by Wesley Johnson.”
Johnson said converting on fourth-and-goal was a thrill.
“It was awesome; we just came up with a play on the spot and we were trying to do a run off of our option,” said Johnson of the winning touchdown pass. “I saw Malik turn his head in the corner of the end zone and I was gonna’ hit my receiver.”
Oconee County was called off sides on the point after attempt, which moved the ball half the distance to the goal line. Smith then rolled the dice and sent out Freeman who ran a sweep around the corner and into the end zone for the two-point conversion that eventually gave the Raiders the one point win.
“Anytime they jump off sides and we get the ball on the foot and a half, we’re going to go for two,” said Smith. “I’m just going to put it on our guys up front. I think we can get a yard and a half. That was our thinking when we went for it.”
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