HARRAH – The Redskin's played the role of spoiler in week one as they defeated the Harrah Panthers 27-16 in the Panthers first game in their new stadium.
“This was a great win for us,” coach Rusty Hall said. “We knew there were going to be a bunch of people and tack on a rivalry, we knew it was going to be big. Our guys made some huge stops in the fourth quarter which really sealed the deal.”
McLoud scored on their first possession of the season when Braxton Hall connected with Zach Green on a 50-yard touchdown. Freshman kicker Hunter Ryan connected on the extra point and gave the Redskins an early 7-0 lead.
On Harrah's first possession of the second quarter, quarterback Jeff Roberson took matters into his own hands and scored on a 22-yard scamper. The extra point was no good and Harrah trailed 7-6.
Harrah would take the lead with 2:10 left in the second quarter when Blake Solmi scored from 1-yard out. Roberson capped the scoring drive with a 2-point conversion run, giving his team a 14-7 lead
In the second half it was all McLoud as the Redskins scored on their first possession when Damien Dye scored on a 35-yard run. The extra point was no good and the Redskins trailed 14-13.
“We really cleaned things up in the second half,” Hall said. “We made the correct adjustments and were able to move the ball fairly well.”
McLoud recovered the ensuing kickoff but went three and out.
McLoud's defense stepped up their intensity in the second half, forcing Harrah to punt on their first possession.
On the Redskin's next possession, Hall connected with Logan Whapekeche on a 16-yard touchdown. With the extra point no good, McLoud took a 19-14 lead with 1:55 left in the third quarter.
“We caught their corners biting and Braxton made some really good throws all night,” Hall said.
Dye scored his second touchdown of the game when he broke a couple tackles and scored from 14 yards out. Hall hit Jaden Mitchell for the two point conversion and McLoud took a double digit lead, 27-14.
Harrah wouldn't lay down, and on a crucial fourth down, they recorded a safety bringing the score to 27-16.
“I was fine with the safety at that point,” Hall said. “I just didn't want him to be throwing as he was tackled, but we will make those corrections.”
The Panthers were driving when Mitchell recorded a strip sack and the Redskins recovered, ending Harrah's hopes at a game winning drive.
“Jaden really made a heads up play,” Hall said. “He came off the edge really hot and got after the quarterback. I'm really happy with the way our entire defense played in the second half.”
Hall led the Redskins completing 15 of 21 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Hall also carried the ball 13 times for 43 yards.
“This feels pretty great and everybody came together,” Braxton Hall said. “My teammates did a great job. I wouldn't want to play with anybody else.”
Dye carried the rock 17 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Green caught two passes for 92 yards and a score.