If this is what the Central Buckeye Conference is going to be like, then fans of the league will be in for some fun Friday nights.
Jonathan Alder spotted visiting Benjamin Logan a 16-point first quarter lead and then came roaring back to score a rewarding 43-36 victory.
“We quit giving up big plays on defense and we just ran the ball, ran the ball and ran the ball,” Alder coach Brett Glass said as to what changed after trailing early. “It was a war of attrition, it was a long game. We had a lot of kids going both ways and it’s hotter than it has been. But our guys battled the whole way through.”
The contest featured big plays on both sides in what was an entertaining affair. But no one player was more fun to watch than Alder senior running back Drew Myers. The 5-10, 195 pound back pinballed his way through the Raiders defense for a series of crowd-pleasing runs.
Plays that seemed to energize his teammates in the process.
“He could be a guy who could carry the ball 30 times for a lot of teams,” Glass said of Myers. “He’s the ultimate team player. He never complains. Jamie (Dye) is our No. 1 guy, but he’s a heck of a No. 2 to have in your back pocket.”
Alder trailed 24-14 at the half but Preston Eisnaugle scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter. Ben Logan answered back with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Derek Coy to Devin Coy.
But Alder was now rolling offensively and Myers carved his way through the Raiders defense for a 66-yard scoring run. Dalton Potts hauled in a 2-point conversion pass and Alder was ahead 36-20. Eisnaugle hit Bryan Blacka on a 8-yard pass play and a successful PAT made it 43-30.
The Raiders scored again and successfully executed a on-sides kick. But the Alder defense got one final stop to close out the game.
Benjamin Logan jumped out to an early lead thanks to a couple Pioneers miscues defensively.
The Raiders scored a touchdown on their first possession. They added a 2-point conversion and led 8-0 with just over 5:00 to play in the first quarter.
Alder looked as if it would answer, but a lost fumble turned the ball back over to Ben Logan. The Raiders marched the length of the field and scored another touchdown with roughly a minute to go in the first quarter. Another 2-point conversion and the lead was 16-0.
Alder finally answered back with a score early in the second quarter, a successful PAT made it 16-7.
The Raiders immediately went on a drive that featured its intermediate passing game and resulted a touchdown pass with 8:56 to go in the half. Another 2-point conversion and the score ballooned to 24-7.
Alder put together a 2-play drive that covered 78 yards in 15 seconds. The first was a 47-pass play from Preston Eisnaugle to Dalton Potts. The next was a 25-yard scoring run by Jamie Dye.
Neither team scored the rest of the half.
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