It took just two plays under the lights for the Raiders to bring fans to their feet for the first time in 2008.
Madison County scored on the second play from scrimmage in its 16-13 loss to Franklin County in Friday’s exhibition when
Claude Johnson took a screen pass from Jacob Owens for a 47-yard touchdown.
Thanks to two interceptions and a fourth down stop by the Raider defense, Madison County’s early scoring strike held up until half time and the Raider first-teamers departed with a 7-0 lead at the half.
Franklin County then tied the game against Madison County’s second team and then eventually took a 16-7 lead against the junior varsity squad. Cedrick Bush provided a late Raider touchdown with a 34-yard scoring reception in the fourth quarter, but Madison County couldn’t make up the deficit.
Coach Randell Owens said his philosophy concerning scrimmages is to worry more about the first game. “It’s a great practice format,” he said. “But it’s not a very good format for winning (a scrimmage).”