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2017 MCHS Raiders Finish 8-4

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 10:37 am

The MCHS Raiders lost to the undefeated Huntingdon Mustangs Friday night 35-0 ending the 2017 football season. The Raiders battled evenly with the Mustangs for three quarters of the game. The Raiders made the over 3-hour trip to Huntingdon determined to be competitive with the #1 team in the state. On the first series, the Raiders successfully made a first down after going for it on 4th and 3 on their own 34- yard line. From there they drove down to the Huntingdon 22-yard line before being intercepted in the end zone. Unfortunately, the opening drive was the only serious scoring threat from the Raiders in the game. Huntingdon’s first two possessions resulted in the Raider defense forcing the Mustangs to turn the ball over on downs. The hard-hitting Raiders made two goal line stands holding the Mustangs out of the end zone on 4th and goal from the 8 and again from the 4-yard line. With the offense unable to move the ball, the Raiders lined up to punt but instead Coy Cashion took a direct snap and scampered 29 yards giving the Raiders a first down on the 50-yard line. The gutsy play call appeared to give the Raiders some momentum. However, on second down from the Huntingdon 45, the Raiders mishandled a handoff and turned the ball over to the Mustangs. Huntingdon got the ball back in great field position and ran three plays to score their first touchdown of the game on a 11-yard run by Daquon Robinson. After another interception of a Moore County pass, Huntingdon scored again on a 25-yard pass from Senior Kade Pearson to Hunter Ensley giving the Mustangs a 14-0 lead. After halftime, the Mustangs took control of the game with rushing touchdowns of 17, 75, 15 yards in the 3rd Quarter. The Raiders had 124 rushing yards in the game. Coy Cashion led the Raiders with 85 yards on 17 carries. Nate Love had 36 yards on 6 carries. Matthew Schuller completed one pass for 11 yards. The Raider defense played well in the first half holding the Mustangs to just 118 yards rushing and 52 yards passing. In the second half, the Mustangs offense found their rhythm and ended the game with 362 yards rushing and 88 yards passing.