Posted: September 29, 2007
HIGH POINT Despite Andrews’ second-half efforts Friday night at Simeon Stadium, top-ranked Reidsville proved too strong for the Red Raiders.
“We played good in spurts,” said Andrews coach Rodney McKoy. “They played good for four quarters.”
That was absolutely the case in the Raiders’ 35-12 loss. Reidsville (6-0) came out of the gates strong, putting Andrews in a 22-0 hole by the half. The second half was a different ball game.
“It’s about pride,” said McKoy. He told his players at halftime that “this is our home stadium.”
Reidsville scored six points early in the third quarter, but the Raiders (1-4) responded. Junior quarterback Jordan Reid connected with junior receiver Tony Washington on a 58-yard pass play that put Andrews on the board. Washington had six receptions for 100 yards and added three carries for 46 yards. Reid had four carries for 29 yards and went 11-for-27 with two touchdown passes and one interception.
“We were trying to use our speed and throw over their cover-3 (zone defense) all night,” said Washington. “They were tight on D, but it worked for us that time.”
There was a burst of hope toward the end of the game as senior defensive end Brian Davis picked up a Rams fumble near the end zone. Reid’s second touchdown pass came with 4:40 to play on a drive that resulted from the turnover. He found senior receiver Joseph Warren on a 7-yard fade route in the end zone.
Unfortunately, it was too little too late. The Rams pounded the ball down the throats of the Red Raiders all night. Senior running back Tayon Graves was too strong, forcing multiple Raider bodies to bring him down on essentially every carry.
Graves had 83 yards rushing and quarterback Ray Ray Butchee ran for 67 of his own. Butchee went 7-for-10 for 156 passing yards on the evening and the Rams carried the ball 31 times as a team for 239 yards.
Andrews’ 268 total yards of offense was barely enough to surpass the Rams’ rushing attack. Reidsville put up 395 yards in all. Despite Reidsville’s attack, it was a one point second half ball game.
Courtesy of: A. Carter Bills, High Point Enterprise