Raiders silence Lions’ roar in Americus

 Loganville Christian Academy made a long trip down to southwest Georgia but it was an even longer trip home after a 38-14 loss to Southland Academy here Friday night.

The Raiders led the Lions 14-7 at the half and as Andre King, head coach at LCA said, “It was a good football game at that point.” The second half saw a plethora of penalties on both teams and a fair share of trash talking.

“You have to give Southland credit,” King said, “They kept their focus and executed fundamental football.”

Southland scored on its first two possessions, its first coming on a sustained drive with five first downs capped by a 1-yard quarterback keeper. The Raiders’ second score came on the first play of the second quarter.

LCA’s Chance McClendon had an outstanding game, collecting a Raider fumble and giving the Lions a great chance to keep the score close. At 5:20, Dana Lucas Jr. scored on a 10-yard reverse and with a good point after, the Lions were behind by one touchdown.

Late in the second quarter, LCA went into a hurry-up offense and moved the ball down the field with relative ease until a Cameron Anderson interception brought the drive to a halt.

Southland opened the second half with a 95-yard kickoff return for a score but, as was often the case, a costly penalty brought the ball all the way back to its own 23. On their second possession of the half, the Raiders scored on a 56-yard run at 7:10.

LCA got nowhere on its next possession and the ball went over on downs. It was at that point than McClendon put on a one-man wrecking crew, sacking the QB and generally disrupting the Raider offense to the point where they were forced to attempt a fourth down conversion at midfield — an attempt that failed with the help of McClendon.

Southland did extend its lead with scores in the third and fourth quarter. A late score by LCA brought the final to 38-14. LCA, now 2-2, returns home next week to host the Brookwood School from Thomasville.