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MCHS overpowers Cannon County 35-6

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 11:34 am

MCHS Football team traveled to Woodbury Friday evening to face the Cannon County Lions and came away with a much-needed victory 35-6. After having been defeated handily the previous week, the Raiders needed to regain their winning ways and restore their confidence. Cannon County appeared to be a formidable challenge for the Raiders being from a much larger 3A school with an offensive line that averaged over 250 pounds. The Lions won the toss and elected to receive. On the opening kickoff, Ethen Sweeton set the tone for the Raiders when he raced down the field and popped the returner with a forceful form tackle. On their first position, the Lions methodically began driving down the field to their 45-yard line where the Raider defensive line held up Bardy Cunningham for a short gain. When the Lion offensive line attempted to push for pile forward, Ethan Holt pulled the ball out of the running backs arms and raced into the end zone for MCHS’ first touchdown. Behind their big offensive line and their strong running back Cunningham, the Lions picked up two first downs but again the Raider defense held the Lions and forced a punt. With 5:11 remaining in the first quarter, the Raiders began their first offensive possession. From their own 20, the Raiders opened with a pass from Matthew Schuller to Bryson Dobbs for 24 yards. The Raiders drove down to the Lions 35 before turning the ball over on downs after failing to pick up a first down on a fourth and eight. The Lions took over at the beginning of the second quarter and moved the ball for a couple first downs before the Raiders defense held again forcing the Lions to punt. From their own 32, the Raiders began marching down the field using the speed of Coy Cashion on the outside and the strength and agility of Dillon Knight on the inside. Knight capped the drive off carrying several Lion players into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. After a successful PAT from Cashion, the Raiders took a 14-0 lead into halftime. With the momentum from the drive before halftime, MCHS took the second half kickoff and marched down the field using a heavy dose of Cashion and Knight. Cashion capped the drive off with a 24-yard run off the left side into the end zone. The defense adjustments made at halftime and a Sweeton sack stopped the Lions without a first down. Back on offense, the Raiders scored again off two rushes from Cashion of 50 and 20 yards off the left side. After another stop by the defense, the Raiders took total control of the game when Dylan Knight barreled into the end zone from 30 yards out putting the Raiders ahead 35-0. The Lions only score came with 2:58 in the 4th quarter on a 45- yard pass to Wade Love. The Raiders offense rushed for 376 yards and 24 yards passing. Cashion led all rushers with 169 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns. Knight followed with 119 yards on 9 carries and two touchdowns. Garrett Jennings, Knight, Cashion, Sweeton, and Dylan Vassar had solo tackles for the Raider defense. The victory over Cannon County was a good shot in the arm for the Raiders as the return home Friday night to face district foe Fayetteville City. Fayetteville enters the game 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the district. They have a balanced attack averaging 121 yards passing and 241 yards rushing per game.