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Raiders showed explosiveness in season opener

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The Raiders are hoping to pick up their first win of the season Friday night when they host Clinton County. Playing a tougher schedule this year, the Raiders have played strong in their first two contests, but have yet to pull together a victory.


After four overtimes, the McCreary Central and Perry County Central football programs needed a few extra days to compile and finalize statistics from their season opener. Perry County Central outlasted McCreary Central 64-58 in four overtimes in a season opener on Friday, Aug. 19 but the Raiders weren’t without their share of highlights.

Despite the loss, the Aug. 19 game versus Perry County Central ranks as one of the top offensive performances in the McCreary Central football program’s history

The Lucas Ford-coached Raiders rushed for 320 yards in the season opener versus Perry County Central.

Leading McCreary Central offensively, Brandon Troxell rushed 31 times for 253 yards and four touchdowns.

Aiding the Raiders on the ground, Hunter Jones rushed 15 times for 45 yards and two touchdowns in the marathon high school football matchup.
Five different McCreary Central players rushed for positive yardage in the setback.

Ryan Jones and Hunter Jones shared time at the quarterback position for the Raiders. Ryan Jones completed 4-of-10 passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Completing half of his pass attempts, Hunter Jones finished 7-of-14 for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

Hunter Jones and John Cash hauled in one scoring catch apiece for the Raiders. A versatile player, Hunter Jones led the Raiders in receiving, reeling in three receptions for 70 yards.

Defensively, Nathan Prosser led McCreary Central with 14 tackles. Following Prosser in the McCreary Central defensive category, Andrew Renfro and Jordan Williams registered nine tackles apiece for the Raiders.

Contributing defensively, Dakeaton Jones posted eight tackles and Ryan Jones delivered seven tackles for McCreary Central in the setback.

Nathan Goins notched an interception to help McCreary Central’s defensive cause in the season opener.

Quarterback Jack Sluss was Perry County Central’s offensive leader in the opener, completing 12-of-18 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Jacob Woolum led the Commodores in receiving, hauling in eight receptions for 176 yards and four touchdowns.

On the ground, Jayden Neace carried the biggest load for Perry County Central, rushing 22 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

Another Perry County Central running back. Chandler Caudill, managed to rush four times for 64 yards and two touchdowns.

McCreary Central and Perry County Central battled in one of the highest scoring high school football games in the state thus far this season.

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