Raiders defeat Loganville Christian in game plagued by severe weather

Published 1:47 am Saturday, September 14, 2019

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By Stephen Milligan


LOGANVILLE, GA – The Southland Academy football team (SA) traveled up to the Atlanta suburb of Loganville, GA on Friday, September 13, and defeated the Lions of Loganville Christian Academy (LCA) 13-0 in a game that was conceded to SA by LCA officials due to severe thunderstorms in the area.

Southland Academy senior cornerback Adam Smith leaps to grab an interception just before halftime in the Raiders’ 13-0 win over Loganville Christian Academy.
Photo by Sherri Bass

As Walton County was under a severe thunderstorm warning Friday night, the game was delayed until 11 p.m. Facing the prospect of having to meet the Raiders early next week at a neutral site in middle Georgia to complete a non-region game, LCA administrators decided to concede the contest.

The Lions drove rapidly down the field on their opening drive, but faltered after LCA senior running back Keon Mcghee suffered a knee injury and had to leave the game.

Southland Academy sophomore running back Owen Exley fights for yardage against the LCA defense.
Photo by Patrick Graham

The Raiders stopped the Lions twice on fourth down. One of those stops came after the LCA defense recovered a fumble by the Raiders. The Lions were unable to take advantage of the turnover due to the strong play of the Raider defense.

On offense, the Raiders began to pick the LCA secondary apart with the passing game. In the first quarter, Law threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Tyler Joiner for the first score of the game.

Southland Academy senior linebacker Hunter McCain (52) makes a tackle in the backfield on LCA running back Garland Curley Jr.
Photo by Sherri Bass

The Raider defense continued to shut down LCA’s offense throughout the game.

Just before halftime, SA senior cornerback Adam Smith intercepted a pass, thwarting the Lions’ hopes of scoring any points before halftime.

After stopping the Lions on another fourth-down conversion attempt, the Raiders had the ball at their own eight-yard line. From there, SA mounted a drive that took nearly seven minutes off the clock and ended it with a five-yard touchdown run by senior running back Clay Owens. The point-after attempt was no good, but that would be all the scoring the Raiders would need.

SA senior defensive lineman Jake Kennon (47) is in on a tackle along with Hunter McCain (52).
Photo by Sherri Bass

Both teams endured a lightning delay midway through halftime that held up play for more than an hour before the game was finally called.

With the win, the Raiders improve to 3-0 on the season, while LCA drops to 3-1.

SA sophomore defensive back Landon Griffin (22) tries to bring down the LCA running back.
Photo by Patrick Graham

SA will have next week off to prepare for a road game in Newnan, GA on Friday, September 27, against the Heritage School. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.