The Raiders shut out the Pirates, 27-0 to improve to 8-0 overall (3-0 Southeastern Conference).
The Raiders couldn’t find their offensive rhythm through the first quarter of the contest, but were able to get things rolling in the second half when Cody Wilson connected with Kole Stanley on a 28 yard touchdown pass to put the Raiders on top at 7-0.
From there a series of penalties and fumbles on the snap caused the Raiders to go into the half with the same slim.
The Pirates had a chance to tie the score at 7-all, but a leaping interception by Robert Williams on the J.V. Raiders’ two yard line kept the Pirates off the board, and swung the momentum in the favor of the Raiders.
The Raiders slowly got the ball moving on the legs of Jaleel Stancil, but the big play of the second half for the Raiders was another interception by Robert Williams.
Williams picked off the errant pass at the 49 yard line of Lumberton, and ran it back for a touchdown with 8:34 left in the third quarter.
From there it was smooth sailing for the Raiders as Cy Andrews found the end-zone with 2:31 left in the third, and backup QB Antonio Edens struck through the air with a 43 yard touchdown to Raheem Bowden with 11:04 left in the fourth to seal it for the Raiders at 27-0.
“The interception on the two yard line was big for us to end the half,” J.V. Coordinator Jason Norton said.
“Our defense has been playing lights out for the majority of the year, and it was no different here tonight as they put forth a solid effort,” Norton added.
The J.V. Raiders sit atop of the conference standings right now and wrapped up their final home game of the 2010 season up in fitting form, but on the horizon lurk two final road games against Scotland and Pinecrest.
“The confidence that the players on defense gain from game to game is a key to why they play so well,” Norton said.
“They know that they have to practice well during the week to have a positive result on Friday night, and it will be no different this week as we prepare to go on the road to finish out the season,” Norton added.
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