The season struggles for the Mays Raiders continue after a brutal and dominating loss to Arabia Mountain 40-28 Friday night.

With a lot of new faces in huge roles this season, the Raiders were looking to go back above .500 after a big 68-0 win against Druid Hills on the road last Friday. Unlike their previous opponents, the Rams came in 1-3 on the season but needed this win to have back to back wins and work their way up in the win column.

Momentum went the Rams way early as they blocked the Raiders punt on their opening drive to start inside the 30 of Raiders territory.

Rams running back Xavier Wallace cruised into the endzone from five yards out giving the Rams an early 7-0 lead with 9:37 left in the first quarter.’

The Raiders rebounded from their turnover. This time, freshman quarterback Quintavius Johnson pounded inside from the goal line to tie the game at seven.

Rams wide receiver Tawann Rome had a big night for the Rams and was unstoppable. On the next drive, he caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from his quarterback Brandon Adams to give the Rams a seven-point lead with 2:46 to go in the first quarter.

After a three and out for the Raiders, Rome caught another touchdown pass, this time from 28 yards to increase the Rams lead to 14 with 10:07 to go in the second quarter.

The Raiders knew they needed an answer to cut the Rams lead. Johnson answered for the Raiders with a 15-yard rushing touchdown with 9:24 to go until halftime.

The Raiders defense forced a three and out. The offense was in a rhythm and was on their way to tying the game up and reclaiming momentum. This was the case until Johnson fumbled after getting loose for a big run and the Rams linebacker scooped and scored to increase the Rams lead to 13 after a failed two-point conversion.

Nothing happened on the Raiders ensuing offensive possession and the Rams continued to pour it on. This time, Rome caught a 27-yard touchdown pass giving the Rams a 19 point lead heading into halftime.

33-14 was the score at halftime but the Raiders did not let the score define their play coming out of the locker room. Their defense adjusted and got a much-needed stop to give the Raiders early momentum and confidence.

Johnson cut the Rams lead down to 12 after a 20-yard rushing touchdown with 10:05 to go in the third quarter.

The Rams killed the hopes and egos of the Raiders on their next possession. Again, it was Rome doing the damage. This time catching a 30 yard touchdown pass to go up 40-21 with 6:26 to go in the third quarter.

From that point on, the Rams ran away with it, including a late goal-line stop from their defense to seal the Raiders’ chances of a late rally.

A late touchdown from Johnson to receiver Nagari Tophia with less than two minutes remaining in regulation cut the Rams lead to 12. Even then, it was too little too late as the Raiders fell 40-28.

The Raiders will seek a win next Friday as they travel to Stephenson.

(Photo: Anfernee Patterson/The Atlanta Voice)

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