By JAY COMPTON
GM / Editor
Maddux completed 8 of 11 passes for 129 yards and four touchdowns to lead the McCreary Central Raiders to a 33-26 win over the Pineville Mountain Lions on Friday.
Feliz Lisandro caught four passes for 77 yards and three of those touchdowns.
“McCreary was an extremely athletic bunch. They were big and fast and they were able to make some plays in the passing game and on the perimeter,” PHS coach Jason Chappell said. “They’re going to win some games this year.”
Pineville rolled up 299 rushing yards and scored all four of their TDs on the ground.
Devon “Scooby” Morris ran for 136 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, Noah Caldwell added 85 yards and two scores on 15 carries and quarterback Jason Nunley ran for 69 yards and a TD on seven carries.
“I thought our offensive line did a great job of controlling the game. We rushed for like 300 yards between Scooby, Noah and Jason. We really ran the ball well.
“It was close game. Two weeks ago we were able to go down and win at the end, this week we weren’t. Unfortunately, that’s how it plays out sometimes. At the end of the day you still have to get better and that’s where we are. It’s the non-district part of our season and we’re glad we saw some things we need to fix now.”
Pinevill took an early lead, but McCreary came back to tie the game and went on top for good just before halftime.
“We went up early and then they came right back and tied the game. I thought it was critical when they got the ball and drove the length of the field and scored right before the half. We still came back out and battled with them,” PHS coach Jason Chappell said.
The Raiders were able to match the Lions score for score and then came up with a defensive stop at the end to hang on for the 33-26 win.
“Defensively, our front played much better our back end had some problems. They were able to exploit us throwing the ball a little bit,” Chappell added. “Honestly we had been geared up the last couple of weeks on Cumberland Gap and the things that they do that we haven’t worked that end of it like we needed to. I told our kids that was on me and we’ve worked it like crazy this week so it should be better. We’re going to have to be because Berea throws the ball around pretty good.”
Pineville (3-1) is scheduled to host Berea on Friday at 7:30 p.m.