Pine plays lights out football in district win

Published 2:02 pm Friday, October 18, 2019

Pine’s stadium lights went out 52 seconds into the game, causing a 20-minute delay and then the Raiders played lights-out football in a 34-0 victory over Independence in Thursday’s District 9-2A contest.
Offensively, Pine ran for 327 yards, led by Adrianuen Johnson and Jaheim Williams.
Johnson had 177 yards rushing and a touchdown while Williams ran for 93 yards. Williams also caught a touchdown pass, and defensively, he intercepted a pass.
“At first to start off with, we couldn’t figure out how to run the ball because they were in a five-man front, so we figured out that belly was a good play, so we stepped it up and ran that play most of the time,” Williams said, about the Raiders’ running game.
On defense, the Raiders did a good job all night, pitching a shutout. Independence entered the red zone just once, which was on the final drive, but turned the ball over on downs at the 19.
“We wanted the offensive line and defensive line to set the tempo and they did it,” Pine coach Bradley Seal said. “They played really, really good football tonight.”
The Raiders began the game at their own 38 and ran the ball all 11 plays. They did not have any huge runs in that drive — the longest was 13 yards — but they did continually move the chains. Pine went up 7-0 when Logan Temples snuck in from a yard out. Colton Graves hit the extra point for a seven-point lead with 6:43 left in the first quarter.
It stayed that way until the second quarter.
The Raiders began their next possession at their own 28 with 1:53 to go in the first quarter after a turnover on downs and drove 72 yards to go up by double figures. Pine ended the scoring drive on a reverse. Temples handed off to Drake Westmoreland going left and he gave it to Jordan Anderson going back right and Anderson took it in from 16 yards out to make it 14-0 after Graves split the uprights with 9:18 left in the first half.
Pine had one more chance to score late in the first half, but turned the ball over on downs at Independence’s 2 with 32 seconds left.
It was 14-0 at halftime.
Independence began the second half on offense, but Pine’s Aurdrlique Dural recovered a fumble on the opening drive, setting Pine up at the Tigers’ 46.
The Raiders took advantage of the turnover and scored from 16 yards out when Temples found Williams wide open down the middle of the field. The extra point was blocked, keeping it 20-0 at the 6:28 mark of the third quarter.
Williams intercepted a pass on the next drive and returned it about 38 yards to Independence’s 23. Five plays later, Johnson hit pay dirt when he scored from the 7.
Graves’ extra point made it a 27-0 game with 1:14 to go in the third quarter.
The Raiders capped off the scoring with 7:11 left in the fourth quarter when Temples connected with Larry Williams in the back of the end zone. Graves’ extra point was the game’s final tally in the 34-0 victory.
After the touchdown, the defense held Independence off the board to seal the shutout.
“They’ve been playing really, really good,” Seal said, of Pine’s defense. “I mean, last week, we gave up 19 points, but really, the defense gave up 14 of that. Tonight, across the line, from the defensive line to the secondary, we played a complete game on defense.”
Pine improved to 5-2 and has won four games in a row.
The Raiders will be back in action on Friday when they host Kentwood. Kentwood, which won the Class 1A state title last year, defeated Varnado, 40-24, on Thursday to move to 4-3.

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Pine’s Jaheim Williams runs upfield during Thursday’s home game. Williams ran for 93 yards, caught a touchdown pass and intercepted a pass.