Middleton has breakout game in Benton's last home standBy JASON PATTERSON,
Raiders freshman JB Middleton had a breakout game Friday with two touchdowns and an interception that would have been a third score if it hadn’t been negated by a penalty.
It was perhaps a sign of better days ahead with a young player making such significant contributions, but Benton Academy’s current struggles continued Friday as the Raiders fell to Newton County Academy 42-14.
Newton scored early in the first quarter, and Benton was responding with a nice drive until quarterback Arion Warren threw an interception under heavy pressure that was returned for a touchdown.
Cody Prescott blocked the extra point kick attempt, and Newton led 13-0 with 4:57 to go in the first quarter. The Generals built on that lead with another score and a two-point conversion to make it 21-7.
Middleton caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Warren to get the Raiders on the board. Prescott added the extra point kick to cut it to 21-7.
With just nine seconds to go before halftime Middleton grabbed an interception and took it to the endzone, but the touchdown was called back due to a block in the back penalty.
The Raiders attempted to put together a scoring drive, but Warren threw an interception under pressure with just one second on the clock.
Middleton caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Warren to put the Raiders back in the game early in the third quarter.
Prescott added the kick to cut Newton’s edge to 21-14.
Unfortunately for the Raiders the rest of the scoring drives would belong to the Generals with the team scoring 21 unanswered points to close the deal.
It has been a tough road for BA this season, and this week it won’t be getting any easier as the Raiders (0-9) travel to Sylva Bay (7-2).
Sylva Bay enters the contest riding a three-game winning streak after defeating Ben’s Ford 41-13 last week. The Raiders are still looking for their first win in the last game of the season.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.