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Raptors push past Berry 45-20

Sep 19, 2019 11:17AM

Raptor player Demetrius Washington give the stiff arm to a Berry Academy pursuer.

By John Wilson

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 The Mountain Island Raptors improve to 3-1 after beating the Phillip O Berry Academy of Technology Academy 45-20.

This game pitted a smaller school against a bigger one. The Raptors are a 1A school while the Berry Cardinals are a 4A school that plays in the Charlotte-based So. Meck. 7 4A Conference.

The game was tight early on.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Raptors took a 19-12 lead into the locker room.

Both teams scored in the third quarter and the game remained close. 

That all changed in the fourth quarter as the Raptors lit up the scoreboard with 20 unanswered points. That fourth-quarter burst cemented the victory.

Overall things worked out well for MI.

Raptor head coach Robert Washington was pleased with the results.

“I thought the game was good,” Washington said. “Playing a 4A school at their place and winning by 25 points, we will take that. I’m very encouraged because we have yet to play our best ball.”

The Raptors turned in a complete performance. They played well on both sides of the ball.

Offensively the Raptors were productive with 391 yards of total offense.

Mountain Island’s top offensive performers were quarterback Demetrius Washington and running back Elijah Burris. 

Washington threw for 170 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 38 yards off of seven carries. 

Burris had 212 yards of offense. He ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns and also caught two passes for 37 yards. 

Defensively, the Raptors put pressure on Berry all night.

The MI defense recorded four sacks and four interceptions.

Brandon Jones led the Raptors in tackles with 10 stops. 

While the MI offense and defense definitely got the job done one group of players also made a significant impact.

“Our Special Teams unit really stood out,” coach Washington noted. “Our kicker Todd Pledger kicked all touchbacks on Friday. This was highlighted by a 75-yard touchback after we received a 15-yard penalty.”

Pledger wasn’t the only Raptor special-teamer that had a good night.

“Jadon Robinson also had 140 yards in the return game lead by an 85-yard kick return,” Washington went on to say. “His 85-yard return was key because it was our first score and it came after Berry’s first score.”

This week the Raptors have a bye week before going up against Bessemer City on September 27th in the conference schedule opener. 

During the break coach Washington knows what the Raptors will focus on as they get ready to play the Yellow Jackets.

“Just getting healthy,” Washington said. “We haven’t been healthy all year.”