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By Mary Schwanke
On Friday, September 17, the Raiders faced off against the Schuyler County Rams. The Rams received the ball at the 29-yard line. You know the drill. It wasn’t long before the Raiders forced them to punt their fourth down. NS won, 58-0.
Not three minutes into the first quarter, Cale Stoneburner kept the ball for a touchdown.
Stoneburner went on to intercept Schuyler’s quarterback, Connor Smith’s, pass. Stoneburner scored another touchdown a couple minutes later. Carson Orr dove for a catch in the end zone for two more points, making the score 14-0.
SC advanced down the field but were ultimately stopped in their tracks. They turned the ball over on downs. Stoneburner passed the ball to Justin Lunsford who quickly ran for a 40-yard touchdown. Orr snagged the conversion. NS led 22-0.
Luke Schwanke sacked Smith. An incomplete pass and a fumbled snap later, the Rams punted their fourth down. On the first down of their possession, Stoneburner kept the ball and ran for his third touchdown of the game. The conversion was incomplete, leaving the score 28-0.
Back on defense, Schwanke broke into the backfield for another clean quarterback sack. Schuyler County went on to fumble their next two snaps.
One minute into the second quarter, Noah Greenwell scored a touchdown. NS had a 34-0 advantage.
The Raiders went on to achieve three first downs in a row. Orr ran the ball into the end zone. Stoneburner pulled in with a quarterback keeper for the conversion. North Shelby led 42-0.
The Rams’ next attempt at scoring was a long one. Schuyler County managed several passes and a few first downs, but due to teamwork on behalf of Raider defense, they turned over on downs when Landon Bender prevented their last-ditch effort to the goal line.
With two and a half minutes remaining in the quarter, Greenwell scored again. With a successful conversion from Lunsford, the scoreboard read 50-0. Back on defense, Orr intercepted a pass on the Rams’ fourth down.
For the last minute of the half, Lunsford carried the ball down the field for a first down. He accumulated 261 rushing yards in this game.
As the first half came to an end, with a score of 50-0, the JV team prepared for some playing time.
Andrew Wiley was back to receive for the Raiders. The line of scrimmage was set at 33 yards. Casey Shockley was required to punt on the Raiders’ final down. The Rams couldn’t get through the Raider’s defense. Brendyn McDaniel, Gabe Orr, Jade Daniel and Jeremiaha Pratt all had key stops and swats.
In the fourth quarter, Shockley and Sam Schwanke helped pressure the Rams into a fourth down punt. Back on offense, quarterback JD Rich threw a deep pass to McDaniel, resulting in a first down. In the final few minutes and 10 yards to go, Rich passed the ball to Amos Fredrickson who made it to the end zone. Rich kept the ball for a successful conversion. “Anytime you come out against a varsity team and win a half, it’s great. I’m really proud of them for getting that last touchdown and making some plays,” said NS coach David Stuckey.
The Raiders will be taking on the Knox County Eagles for their homecoming game on Friday.
“It’s homecoming week. It’s an exciting time, but we’ve got to stay focused. Knox is playing some tough football. Right now they’re undefeated for a reason. We’ve got to do what we do and get better each week.”
Knox County went on to lose against Northwest-Hughesville on Friday night, a team NS beat in their second game of the season.