High School Football

Allen sets tone in Southwest victory with 82-yard kickoff return over North Side

The Southwest Raiders continued their dominance over North Side with a 57-7 victory at Farrington Field on Thursday night.

The Raiders (4-3 overall) improved to 2-1 in District 4-5A Division II. The Steers (2-4 overall) fell to 1-1 in league play.

Southwest got a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback C’ing Blanton, the first going 26 yards to Caleb Ollison and the second for 32 yards on a trick play to X’Stavious Robinson. Blanton also scored on a 33-yard run.

North Side had tied the game at 7 on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Isaak Rosales to Da’Wain Lofton with 3:26 remaining in the opening quarter. It capped a 96-yard drive.

Southwest took the lead, 7-0, on the game’s opening kickoff, an 82-yard return by Bryan Allen.

Dre’Sean Blake scored a pair of touchdowns for the Raiders of 4 and 18 yards.

The Raiders also got a 43-yard touchdown run from Ja’quaviion Mason on one of his two carries, and Nmamdi scored on a 17-yard run, one of only two carries for him.

In its four wins, the Raiders have outscored their opponents 190-29, while being outscored 108-39 in three losses.

It was the lowest offensive output of the season for the Steers. who were averaging 36 points a game entering the contest.

Game was over when: Southwest scored on a 32-yard trick-play pass from C’ing Blanton to X’Stavious Robinson 44 seconds into the second quarter to take a 21-7 lead. It came after the Raiders defense held North Side on fourth-and-1 at the Southwest 47. On the Steers’ first possession after the touchdown, the Southwest defense got a tackle for a loss and subsequent sack from Jalen Williams, followed by a 3-yard punt to set up Dre’Sean Blake’s 4-yard TD run.

Play of the game: Bryan Allen of Southwest took the opening kickoff back 82 yards for a touchdown.

Offensive player of the game: Southwest quarterback C’ing Blanton had touchdown passes of 26 and 32 yards that created a 21-7 cushion for the Raiders. He finished the game 4-for-8 for 96 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, along with being the game’s leading rusher, picking up 92 yards and a 33-yard TD run on six carries.

Defensive player of the game: Southwest lineman Jalen Williams had several tackles for a loss, along with a key sack in the second quarter.

Unsung hero of the game: Dre’Sean Blake of Southwest only carried the ball five times, but he picked up 43 yards and had touchdown runs of 4 and 18 yards.

What’s next: North Side vs. FW Eastern Hills, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Handley Field. Southwest vs. Eastern Hills, Oct. 27, 1 p.m., Farrington Field.

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