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By Andi Belt
The North Shelby Raiders hosted the Southwest Livingston Wildcats for their regular season finale on Friday, October 20, 2023. The Raiders had an exciting win for senior night, 68-28.
The Raider defense started out the night with lots of energy and forced a turnover on the Wildcat’s opening drive. Jade Daniel came in clutch with the fumble recovery to set up the Raider offense. Daniel would keep the momentum going with a 50-yard pass downfield to Gabe Orr, who would go ahead and take it in for a Raider touchdown.
With the score 6-0, Southwest Livingston was looking to answer, and would do so with a quick run after a couple broken tackles. The game was all tied, 6-6.
Unable to be stopped, the Raider offense would score again, this time a handoff to Orr. With Orr’s second touchdown of the night and a two-point pass to Cole Browning, the Raiders held a 14-0 advantage.
At the beginning of the second quarter, NS fumbled the ball, and the Wildcats would capitalize on the play. After recovering the ball, the Wildcat offense would push down the field and make their way into the endzone again. With a successful two-point play, the game was tied, 14-14.
The Raiders eventually got their momentum back with a deep bomb to Orr, who would work to gain more yards after the catch. Daniel would run in for the Raider touchdown and Browning would get the two-point play. With three minutes left in the half, the score was 22-14. The Raider defense would end up with a big-time play, tackling the Wildcats in their own endzone. With the safety forced by the defense, North Shelby would add two more points to their score, 24-14. On the kickoff from Southwest, following the safety, Gannon Bowen returned the kick for a Raider touchdown. With a two-point reception by Browning, the Raiders improved their score, 32-14
Looking to answer, Southwest Livingston had another long run and successful two-point pass, they would shorten the gap making the score 32-22. The scoring would continue in the last couple minutes of the half, and with a good pass and a solid run by Orr, the Raiders found themselves on the goal line. Daniel took it in for six more points, putting NS up 38-22. Attempting to keep up their end of the shootout, Southwest Livingston returned the kickoff for a touchdown and closed the gap to 38-28. The Raiders would score one more time before halftime, with a run by Daniel with 10 seconds left on the clock. With Daniel’s third touchdown of the night, and the sixth touchdown scored in the last three minutes of the first half, the score was 44-28.
Unlike the end of the second quarter, most of the third quarter was quiet. With under two minutes left in the third, NS defensed forced a turnover on downs near midfield. Daniel completed a deep pass to Orr downfield with less than a minute left in the third to get the energy back up. Orr would go ahead and take it in for his third touchdown of the night, followed up by a two point catch by Aden Johnston making the score 52-28.
North Shelby’s defense would step up and get a stop, with help from a sack for loss of yards by Oren Vanskike. The Raider offense would keep up their streak and impressive passing game, with yet another long throw to Orr. Orr would make the catch and run it in for his fourth touchdown of the night. Browning would get the extra two points for NS and put the Raiders up 60-28. North Shelby finished the game on fire, with a great interception and solid yards after the catch by Jay Miles. Daniel would round the game out for the Raiders with his fourth touchdown of the night, and go ahead and get the extra two.
North Shelby looks to continue their success as districts begins.
North Shelby’s first district game will be in two weeks at home against Princeton, who they haven’t faced this year.