The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity football team got its first taste of game-type action Friday in the SCISA 1A jamboree at Andrew Jackson Academy.
Jefferson Davis Academy, which didn't play in any scrimmages, took on Clarendon Hall Academy.
For their first time out, the Raiders turned in a hard-fought effort but the team came up short on the scoreboard, 20-8.
Newly hired Jefferson Davis Academy head coach Matt Baxley coached at Clarendon Hall Academy last season.
Baxley said they played hard against his old team.
"This is the first time we've played under the lights this season so mistakes are expected Baxley said. "Offensively, we had some success, but we fumbled the ball away a couple of times."
All in all, the Raiders' offense ran about 30 plays. The longest carry from scrimmage in the contest belonged to Caleb Bearden.
Trailing 6-0 late in the opening quarter, quarterback Will Gee and Caleb Bearden teamed-up on a 65-yard touchdown pass play to the Saints' six yard line.
Despite the good execution, the Raiders' squared a scoring opportunity with a fumble two plays later.
"That was tough," Baxley said. "If we get the ball in the end zone there it's a 6-6 ball game at least. We have to do a better job of securing the ball that we did Friday night."
Early in the quarter with the Raiders trailing 12-0, Bearden scampered 77 yards untouched for a touchdown. The run was paved by the blocking of Lawson Holland, Cole Kearse and Colton Pritchard.
The Raiders' defense also enjoyed their moments. Will Gee and Houston Towne led the unit with seven tackles each. Brandon Burnett recovered a fumble. Players who had tackles for losses include Jordan Brown, Cash Coker and Lawson Holland.
"Defensively, we were in position to make plays, but overran the runner. The good thing is those are things that we can correct," said Baxley.
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