Multiple Teams · Laurens District 55 High School Varsity Football falls to Northwestern High School 58-7

Thursday, November 2, 2017

7:30 PM

Laurens District 55 High School
Northwestern High School

Game Recap

The season came to an end for our Raiders last night after a first round playoff loss to the Northwestern Trojans. It was a disappointing year for the Raiders, finishing with a 3 – 8 record on the season. There were bright spots throughout the year. Ryan Campbell in his second year as quarterback, continued to impress us with his composure and added his running skills to the mix on several occasions this year. Campbell still has his Junior and Senior campaigns ahead of him.

Campbell will have a solid supporting cast coming back with Carado Ray and Duane Martin at running back, Deonte Smith and Will Tinsley at wide receiver, and a very reliable Devon Hubner to handle the kicking game. Campbell and his returning teammates will be joined by players from the Junior Varsity squad who were very impressive in their last three outings against Riverside, Mauldin, and Greenwood. The key to offensive success in 2018 will most likely be the offensive line play and avoiding injuries to key players.

Defensively, the Raiders struggled in the last two games of the season when they faced off against real speed in the opposing offense. There will be lots of opportunities for younger players as defensive stalwarts Braylen Williams, Trevor Madden, and Tyrese Moses all graduate this year. Defensive Coordinator, Coach Lee Taylor, will have a full offseason to work with the defense and bring it up to his standards for the next campaign. Armani Todd will be one defensive player to watch next year as others will look to him for leadership on the defense.

Next season will bring a whole new dynamic to the Raiders season as realignment places them in an eight (8) team region for the next two years. Getting into the playoffs is probably going to require at least a 4 – 3 record in region play. Be looking for profiles of the other seven teams in the Raiders new region over the next several months.

Finally, we want to give a nod to the many fans who support us throughout every season (win or lose). Thank you for being there to support these fine young men and their efforts to be the best they can be.

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Laurens District 55