The Raleigh ground game was in full display Friday night as the Lions blistered McLaurin for eight total rushing touchdowns on the evening in a 55-6 route that included four first-half touchdowns from Suntarine Perkins.

“Coming in this week, we just wanted to see our team come out prepared after two big victories in the past couple of weeks,” said head coach Ryan Higdon. “We were worried about coming out flat, and we did early. We had some kids that didn’t play in the first quarter due to violating team rules, but we got going. Once they got tuned up, we were okay. We didn’t do a lot of things quite right, but the kids played hard and got after things. We are sitting 3-0 in the district and that’s the main thing right now.”

Jaravien Ducksworth put the first points on the board for Raleigh as he found a crease in the defense for an 11-yard touchdown run with 3:30 left in the first quarter. The PAT was blocked, giving Raleigh just a 6-0 lead.

The Lions defense flexed their muscles on the ensuing possession, forcing a three-and-out that resulted in a blocked punt, giving Raleigh the ball in the Tigers red zone. Four-star athlete Sunterine Perkins found the endzone from 10-yards out to put Raleigh up 14-0 after a Ducksworth rush for two.

The second quarter was all Perkins and the Lions defense as he rushed three more times for scores, two from four-yards out and the final with under one minute left in the half from five out, while the Raleigh defense pitched a first-half shutout, recovering a fumble midway through the quarter and a muffed punt to set up the final score of the half.

Raleigh roared out of the second half gate as senior Javarious Walker scooted down the field on a 43-yard run to give the Lions a 43-0 lead after the successful two-point try.

“That kid is like a rabbit shooting of a briar patch [Walker]. He gets in the hole and busts through it quick, he’s so hard to tackle because he’s so quick. He is already low to the ground because he’s not very big, but he’s so strong. He runs hard and is one of those kids who just does not want to be tackled. He is always hunting the endzone one way or another,” said Higdon.

Perkins and Walker finished out the scoring for the Lions as Perkins rushed for his fifth touchdown of the evening on a 22-yard scamper and Walker scored from 25-yards out.

The only score for McLaurin on the night came on a touchdown pass in the third quarter.

What’s next

Raleigh moves to 4-3 on the season and will play host to St. Andrews next week. McLaurin falls to 0-7 on the season and will host Velma Jackson next Friday evening.

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