Meridian Star

November 2, 2013

Raiders grab top seed with victory

By Laura Hyche /Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     It was senior night at Gray Cobb Field, and the Parklane Pioneers circled their wagons in hopes of diminishing the Raiders chances of a first seed playoff spot. Lamar sent them packing in the end with a 35-14 smackdown.

    After stopping the Raiders on fourth-and-goal early in the second quarter, the Pioneer offense connected for a 97-yard scoring pass. With 10:44 left in the second, the Raiders lined up to receive a kickoff down 7-0.

    The Raiders began their offensive series at the 35,  but the Parklane defense showed their strength, forcing a three and out. The Raider punt put the ball back in Pioneer hands at the 31.

     The Raiders marched down the field on their next possession though and finally evened the score on a quick run by quarter back Davis Harrison and a point after by senior Danny Weisner. With 5:30 in the second quarter the score was all tied at 7.

    Parklane received the kickoff and started again from their own 35, but the Raider defense again stuffed them and forced a punt after giving up only five yards. The Raiders took the punt at the 21, and on their first play of the series, Harrison broke loose for a 44 yard run to the Parklane 36. A couple of first downs later, Harrison took it in again from the six-yard-line for another Raider touchdown. The PAT was blocked though, leaving the late second quarter score 13-7 for the Raiders.

    The ensuing kickoff forced the Pioneers to start again from their own 20 with a minute and half left in the half. But once again, the Raider defense stood up and the half ended with no further scoring.

    The Raiders took the kickoff to start the second half, and the offense got started at their own 29. The Pioneer defense was having none of it though, and forced the Raiders to punt after three plays. The punt gave Parklane the ball back on their 26.

    Parklane got a first down, but turned the ball over on the next play when senior Danny Wiesner hauled in an interception at the Lamar 40. The Raider offense got to work and moved the ball on good runs by Vaughn and senior Jackson Turner. Then, from midfield, Harrison found junior receiver J.D. Roberts for a 48-yard reception, setting them up with a first and goal from the two. The Raiders scored their third touchdown of the night on another Harrison run. Needing two points, Harrison threw to Vaughn in the end zone, making the score 21-7 with 7:54 left in the third quarter.

    Parklane took the kickoff and returned it to their own 27 where the offense took over. But, the Raider defense gave up nothing forcing another punt. With the ball on the 40, it took the Raiders exactly one play to tack on another touchdown as Harrison hit Martin once again for the long scoring pass. The PAT ran the score up to 28-7 with 6:21 left in the third.

    The Parklane offense went back to work after downing the kickoff at their 20. Three plays later, they were punting again and the Raider offense got back on the field starting from their 38. But, a sack pushed the Raiders back, and on the next play the ball came out and a Pioneer defender fell on the fumble at the 38.

    Parklane put their offense back on the field, but the mighty Raider defense stuffed them on four straight plays, and the Raider offense took over on downs at their 34.

    With a first down run by Turner, the offense looked as if they were ready to march downfield for another score. But two plays later, Harrison unloaded a long pass over the middle that was intercepted and downed at the Parklane 18 as the clock wound down to end the third quarter.

    As the fourth quarter got started, Parklane got a nice first down run to the 34. But the Raider defense went back to work and forced another Parklane fourth down decision. They went for it but came up just short and the Raider offense took over on downs again at the 48.

    The Raiders came out firing, but the drive got sidetracked when their first two plays went for touchdowns,  both of which were nullified by penalties. The third time was the charm though, and Harrison connected on the next play with sophomore Davis Clayton for the 48 yard scoring pass. The PAT by Weisner made the score 35-7 with less than six minutes to go.

    The Parklane offense went back to work and put together a nice drive capped by a 17-yard scoring pass on a fourth down play with 3:00 minutes left on the clock. The touchdown and point after made it 35-14 Lamar.

    Parklane lined up for an onsides kick, but the attempt failed, and the Raiders took over once more from their own 49. That would be all they needed as a few first downs later the game was over. Final score, 35-14.

    Lamar travels to Amite, Lousiana to take on their last game of the regular season with a district game against Oak Forest.