Raiders Back On Track
JA Routs Pillow in Greenwood
For the second straight week JA was on the road as they traveled to Greenwood and Bill Davis Field as they met for the 30th time in the series on Friday night. The Raiders were seeking a second straight victory in the series that they led 17-12. The two teams exchanged punts to open the game before JA was able to capitalize on a poor snap on a Mustang punt and cashed in on three carries by Marcus Harris that gave him the all-time career rushing mark in JA history. He also collected his 50th career touchdown in the process. On the next defensive series JA again stopped Pillow on downs and converted it into points as Tate Collins found CJ Banks for a 15 yard TD connection to give JA a 14-0 lead. The Raiders were stymied on their next two drives as Pillow converted a fourth down into a touchdown as Drew Lamb found Nelson Hodges in the corner of the end zone to cut the lead in half. The next three drives resulted in points for each team as Collins ran in from 17 yards, Lamb and Hodges connected again from 19 yards and Collins sailed one to Merritt Nations to give JA back a two score halftime advantage.
JA received the second half kickoff and changed the pace in the backfield with Denym Mitchell and Ethan Archie carrying the ball on eight of the nine plays as Archie eventually found the end zone for his first career Raider score. Pillow answered on the next drive as Dayne Sanford scored from 56 yards away. The next points for JA came from the first defensive score of the season as Banks Whittington recovered a fumble forced by Nicholas Harris to make it a three score lead. The final points were a repeat of an earlier touchdown as Collins found Nations down the sideline for a 57 yard strike.
Offensive Leaders: Merritt Nations, grabbed 3 passes for 125 yards and 2 TDs. Tate Collins finished 9-for-17 for 197 yards and 3 TDs, and had 6 carries for 31 yards. Ethan Archie ran the ball 12 times for 75 yards and a TD.Denym Mitchell had 10 carries for 37 yards. Marcus Harris finished with 8 carries and 63 yards with a TD.
Defensive Leaders: Banks Whittington for the fourth straight game led the Raiders with 13 tackles (7 solo) and a TFL. Max Walenta had a monster night as he recorded 12 tackles (8 solo), with 7 of those being tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Win Hooker also had double digits in tackles with 10 (3 solo) and 1 tackle for loss which was a sack.Trey Adams and Porter Harrell each finished with 9 tackles respectively.
JA returns to the Brickyard for another non-conference matchup against Greenville Christian School and Senior Night with a 7pm kickoff. Pregame on The Raider Network will begin at 6:40pm
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