Raiders can’t keep pace with Patriots

  • JDA coach Michael Tindall and the Raiders will look to bounce back in Friday’s homecoming game against Laurens Academy.

The Jefferson Davis Academy 8-man football stumbled on the road Friday in a 28-12 loss to Patrick Henry Academy.

The Raiders played one quarter of outstanding football, but it all unraveled after that as the Patriots outscored them 32-6 over the remaining three quarters.

With the loss, JDA falls to 3-3 in the standings.

JDA coach Michael Tindall said they played well in spurts.

“Offensively, we moved the ball well at times, but most of those drives ended with turnovers and mistakes,” Tindal said.

Offensively, the Raiders didn’t have a bad outing. The team finished with 180 yards rushing to the Patriots’ 202 on the ground.

For JDA, Dalton Beasley led the way with 81 yards and a touchdown. Samuel Frederick supplied 66 yards and Jimey Bozard added 30 yards.

“I’m not making excuses for our team, but over the past several weeks our starting quarterback has been out with an injury and, because of that, teams have been stacking eight players in the box. It’s hard to run against a defense like that,” Tindall said.

The Raiders got off to a great start against their rivals. Nick Darnell got the Raider faithful on their feet with a 50-yard punt return to open the scoring.

While the offense bogged down from there, the Raiders’ defense did all it could to keep the team in the game.

A unit led by Samuel Frederick with 10 stops and Tyler Renew with eight stops, held a high-power Patriots’ offense to just two touchdowns in the first half.

Trailing 16-6 in the third quarter, however, the Raider defense began to wear down. That’s when Kennedy Fairey and Batten Bostick of the Patriots took over the game. The duo accounted for 251 yards of offense and three touchdowns in the contest.

Bostick was the biggest headache for the Raiders’ defense. He ran for a game-high 151 yards and scored a touchdown. Fairey passed for two touchdowns.

Rounding out the defensive stats were Nic Darnell, Al Kinard, Dalton Beasley and Jimey Bozard with six tackles each.

“We suffered a setback tonight, but there’s still a lot of football left to be played. We’re expecting to get a couple of our injured starters back soon so things should go a little smoother down the stretch,” Tindall said.