Two different opponents on two different days, nets a pair of victories for the London Middle School football teams.
The London Middle School eighth grade team traveled to Bexley Monday, Oct. 2 and defeated the host Lions 46-0.
The following players scored for the Red Raiders: Dylan Combs rushed 65 yards for a score and threw two touchdown passes to Antwuan Burns. Carson Greenhill, Trey Russell and Alex Coleman each rushed for London scores. Isaiah Jones, Richard Dodson, Ayden Cooper, Burns and Russell each scored a 2-point conversion.
The second half was again played under the OHSAA 30-point lead, running clock rule.
Isaiah Jones led the Red Raiders defense with six tackles and Jonathan Schooley was right behind with four tackles including two for a loss. Burns, Brady Fisher, Roman Archer and Conner Crum each added three tackles for the winners.
The eighth grade Raiders are now 5-0 on the season and will travel to Columbus Academy Monday, Oct. 9.
On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the seventh grade Raiders traveled to Springfield Shawnee and won a hard-fought 14-8 victory over the Braves.
On the third play of Shawnee’s opening drive, Tim Seagle picked off a pass and sprinted 35 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. Seagle added the 2-point conversion and the Red led 8-0. The rest of the first half, both teams battled back and forth with no scoring.
London took the opening possession of the third quarter and faced a 4th-and-6 from their own 39, when Brady Carter tossed a strike to Jacob Payne, who went 61 yards untouched to the end zone. The extra point was no good and London led 14-0.
Shawnee then flexed their ground game muscle, and marched 65 yards on eight running plays to close the score to 14-8.
The London defense was able to hold up during the fourth quarter, and Red Raider’s two best plays were flawless punts by the punt team and punter Seagle who put the ball out of harm’s way late in the game.
Seagle led in rushing with 46 yards, and Carter passed for 64 yards to lead the Red Raiders offense. Sean Johns was all over the field with nine tackles. Averie Clifton had eight tackles and Seagle had five tackles to go with his interception return for a score.
The London Middle School seventh graders are now 4-0-1 for the season and will also travel to Columbus Academy Monday.
Jim Smith is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.