Pounding previous Raiders | Sports activities
The convention opener was one for the Batesville Pioneers.
With the Nettleton Raiders the visitor Friday evening of their first convention match-up of the season, the protection and dashing assault for the Pioneers led them to a straightforward 38-6 win over the Raiders.
Head Coach Dave King stated he “thought we did job on that. “The pitches and stretch performs exterior,” had been the sport plan.
On their first drive of the sport the Pioneers didn’t throw the ball as soon as. They grounded and pounded 62-yards on their technique to a landing. Senior Taylor Daugherty bought many of the carries, nevertheless it was Senior quarterback Eli Livingston who sneaked the ball in on third down. Daugherty had the largest play on this scoring drive, a 20-yard breakaway run.
Nettleton wasted little time answering again.
Their rating was arrange by their junior quarterback Cameron Matthew with a pair of runs, one among 24 yards adopted by a 25-yard scramble to cap off their drive. Nettleton missed the additional level and didn’t tie the sport.
These can be the final factors the Pioneers allowed within the the sport.
To shut out the first-quarter Senior Alejandro Medina linked with a 25-yard subject objective. Livingston and Senior John Stalker linked up for a 15-yard achieve to arrange the sphere objective.
King stated he was completely satisfied to have Stalker again.
“He was an enormous assist,” King stated in regards to the three-year starter. “[Stalker] was a distinction maker.”
Through the second quarter every thing appeared to go proper for the Pioneers. It began with a sack by Senior Ethan Ridgel after which was instantly adopted up by a nasty snap on the punt for the Raiders. This set the Pioneers up at Nettleton’s 19-yard line. Daugherty scored from seven yards out to offer the Pioneers their second landing of the evening. Medina tacked on the additional level to make it 17-6 within the Pioneers favor.
The Raiders had been pressured to punt on their subsequent possession. The Pioneers moved the ball however had been unable to attain and gave the ball again to the Raiders. The Pioneers’ protection stepped up and made a giant cease to get the ball again to the offense.
This drive the Pioneers had been capable of finding the endzone as soon as once more. The Pioneers bought the ball with simply 3:35 left within the half and made fast work shifting down the sphere. Ridgel busted up the center for a 37-yard achieve to arrange Livingston for the four-yard TD run. Medina break up the uprights to place the Pioneers up 24-6.
The protection for Batesville stood tall once more to maintain Nettleton at bay within the first half.
The Raiders moved the ball some to open up the third quarter, however as soon as once more the Pioneers refused to allow them to rating.
The Pioneers picked up proper the place they left off within the first half to start out the second. Daugherty picked up his second rating of the evening with a 15-yard landing run.
One of many sport’s greatest performs for Nettleton’s protection got here on this quarter they recovered a strip-sack and took over on Batesville’s 17-yard line.
However the Pioneers bowed up as soon as once more and compelled a turnover on downs. Senior Justin Lewallen bought into Nettleton’s backfield and took down a Raider for a seven-yard loss to power second down and 17.
The longest play of the sport happened within the closing quarter. Rigel of the Pioneers took a toss from Livingston 65-yards to the endzone. After the PAT Batesville led 38-6.
Daugherty was the chief in dashing yards for the Pioneers (2-2, 1-0) with 154 with two touchdowns, 79 of these got here within the first quarter.
“He ran the ball effectively final evening,” King stated.
Livingston had a pair of scores as effectively to go together with 67 dashing yards and 36 by way of the air.
Stalker gained 91 yards on the bottom to go together with his landing.
Medina was good on the evening hitting all 4 of his additional factors and his subject objective try early within the sport.
On Medina, King stated “He did job. He did job inserting the kick on kickoff.”
“This was win,” King stated. “It’s good to get began out on the precise foot.”
The Pioneers will head to Paragould subsequent week for a convention match in opposition to the Rams.