DUBLIN — West Bladen came back from nearly a 72-hour delay and held visiting Midway scoreless Monday to pick up its first-ever win over the Raiders, this one a 20-6 non-conference win.
The Knights improved to 2-0 and will host Fairmont on Friday in the Three Rivers Conference opener.
On Friday, the game was suspended when lightning stopped play with 2:27 left in the first quarter. At the time, the two teams were knotted at 6-6 — West Bladen’s touchdown coming on a 71-yard run.
Fast-forward to Monday.
While the Knights defense was putting the whammy on Midway, the offense was moving the ball deep into Raiders territory but stopping itself with fumbles.
Midway, after falling on a West fumble at the Raiders’ 3, went on an 84-yard drive that looked like the Knights defense would finally crack. But despite five defensive penalties on the drive, West Bladen bucked up and stopped a fourth-down play at the West 13 — leaving the score tied at 6-6 at halftime.
Midway took the opening kickoff and returned it to the Knights’ 35, but a sack by West Bladen’s Aldo Hernandez helped the Knights hold the Raiders to a four-and-out.
After holding West Bladen, the Raiders fumbled the ensuing punt thanks to a huge hit from the Knights’ Jimmy Williams. The loose ball was picked up by Tyre Boykin and returned 38 yards for a touchdown with 7:07 left in the third quarter. Drake ran the two-point conversion in to give West Bladen a 14-6 edge.
After the two teams traded possessions, Shy’ron Adams nabbed an interception for the Knights and took the ball back 17 yards to the Midway 48 midway through the fourth quarter. West Bladen took little time to take advantage. Drake carried twice for 23 yards and Washington zipped through the Midway defense for a 25-yard touchdown scamper with 3:26 to play. The extra point was missed, but the Knights led 20-6.
The defense did it’s job the rest of the way, with Washington sealing the win with another interception, this one in the end zone to kill a Midway drive.
“The defense played big,” West Bladen coach Kris Williams said. “It seemed like they were on the field all night.
“You could tell it was a holiday weekend, because both teams made all sorts of mistakes,” he added. “We fumbled twice — we can’t do that and expect to win.”
Drake finished the game with 184 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries while, on defense, Jonathan Robinson had 10 tackles, Adams and Washington each had interceptions, and Hernandez had a sack.