The Red Raider football team posted 49 points for the second straight week. This time the 49-20 whipping came on Homecoming Night at the Brickyard at North Hall High School.
Ethan South picked up where he left off by rushing for two touchdowns and passing for a score. Rashawn Gresham had a huge night for the Raiders as well rushing for a touchdown and returning a kickoff 95 yards for another score.
“Returning a kick for a touchdown is a dream come true,” said Gresham. “It’s something I always dreamed about when I was younger.
North Hall returned the opening kickoff to midfield, but the Raider defense stood their ground and forced a punt on four downs and out.
The Raiders appeared to get things rolling early after Malik Freeman bolted 65 yards to the Trojan one yard line. A chop blocked negated the run and ended up backing the Raiders back to their own 38 yard line. The drive ended up being successful anyway after Ethan South scored on a 24 yard run for the game’s first points.
North Hall answered on its next possession with a drive that totaled 12 plays good for 80 yards and a one-yard touchdown run to tie the game.
The Raiders’ ensuing drive ended in the end zone after South connected with Malik Freeman on a 31-yard pass play to give the Raiders a 14-7 lead with 8:27 remaining in the first quarter. The scoring drive was good for 73 yards in nine plays.
North Hall answered in a game that seemed to be headed for a shootout early. The Trojans took over at the Raider 49 yard line and ended up scoring five plays later on a 31-yard touchdown run.
The point after was blocked leaving the score at 14-13 in favor of the visiting Raiders. On the ensuing kickoff, Rashawn Gresham raced 95 yards for another Raider score. [Full Story »]
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Ethan South passed for three touchdowns and ran for one as the Raiders defeated Chestatee 49-28 on Homecoming night at Raider Stadium.
Madison County rebounded from a tough 34-27 loss last week to White County.
“It’s really exciting to get the win,” said senior Tyler Gary. “The loss last week, it just pushed us even harder at practice during the week. The loss was hard, but I do appreciate the fact that it helped prepare us for this week.”
The Raiders scored on their first six possessions with the initial score coming on a flip from quarterback South to David Metts who then hit Malik Freeman with a 29-yard touchdown pass play at the 6:11 mark of the first quarter.
The Raiders wasted little time posting the game’s second score after forcing Chestatee to a three and out on the Eagles’ ensuing drive. Madison County marched to the end zone on a nine-play drive, capped off by a 40-yard touchdown run by Rashawn Gresham.
The point after by Levi Larkins split the uprights and the Raiders led 14-0 with 30 seconds left in the first quarter.
Madison County’s defense stood strong the entire first half and continued forcing the War Eagles into punting situations. With 10:56 left in the second quarter, KJ Burton strolled into the end zone on a six-yard run up the middle to increase the Raider lead to 21-0.
Burton said last week was a “tough loss, because we had it in our hands.” He said the team was ready to get a win Friday.
“We knew we had to come get the job done,” said Burton.
Alexander Azevedo set up the Raiders’ next scoring drive after he recovered a fumble at the Chestatee 33 yard line. One play later, South found a wide-open Cameron Stevenson on a 29-yard pass play to extend the blowout to 28-0.
Chestatee’s first successful drive lasted six plays to the Raider 28 yard line, but the Madison County defense stood strong and forced a turnover on downs on a fourth-down attempt. South then went to work again, connecting with Cordelius Lumpkin at midfield. Lumpkin then raced the remainder of the way for the 60-yard touchdown play, extending the lead to 35-0 with 3:36 left until halftime.
Chestatee finally crossed the goal line late in the half on a 30-yard touchdown play to cut the lead to 35-7 at the break.
Madison County fans enjoyed the halftime lead and cheered as Anna Crouse was crowned Homecoming Queen and Parker Minish named as Princess in front of the large home crowd.
Chestatee recovered an onside kick at the Raider 43 yard line to open the second half, but the Eagles were unable to convert and the Raiders took possession at their own 24 yard line. Madison County scored seven plays later when South crossed the goal line on a five yard quarterback keeper to give his team a 42-7 advantage.
Chestatee answered with their second touchdown of the night with 3:08 left in the third quarter.
Madison County’s consecutive scoring run finally ended late in the quarter and the Raiders were forced to punt for the first time of the night, but Chestatee was again unable to do anything with their next possession. Madison County posted its final touchdown of the night with 11:20 remaining on a 31-yard touchdown pass from South to Malik Freeman. The Eagles went on to add two more touchdowns late to close the scoring at 49-28.
Madison County will travel to North Hall Friday night for a 7:30 kickoff. North Hall is coming off a 56-0 loss to Buford.