Raiders handle their business, don’t let Lions roar


The Huntington Raiders did exactly what Stephen Dennis wanted them to do in Friday night – take care of business and avoid any major injuries.

The Raiders, one of two teams remaining unbeaten in District 1-4A play, made the trip to Leonard C. Barnes Stadium and came away with a 44-0 win over winless Booker T. Washington.

Huntington got out to a big early lead and played mostly reserves in the second half.

“We probably didn’t play our cleanest game,” Huntington head coach Stephen Dennis said. “We threw a pick early in the game and really didn’t throw it all that well. But we executed at a level high enough to get out of there with a win, and that’s all that mattered.”

John Solomon had three scores – one receiving and two rushing — for Huntington and Jarvis Davis caught a touchdown pass from Kam Evans.

The Raiders even got a defensive touchdown when sophomore linebacker Joemiah Robinson swiped the ball from a BTW runner and took it the end zone for a score. The Huntington defense also picked up a safety.

“We did what we need to do and what I wanted to see,” Dennis said. “Their guys (BTW) are working hard but they are just young. Their kids played hard the entire time but you can tell they’ve got some youth. They are coaching their tails off to try to get the most out of their kids, just like any of us are.”

The Raiders are now 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the district. They will meet Woodlawn (2-4) Thursday night at Independence Stadium before back-to-back road games against North Desoto (6-0) and Evangel (3-3).

BTW will travel to Bossier (0-6) next week.