MCLOUD – The Redskins have won three straight against Harrah.
McLoud set the tone on their first play from scrimmage, scoring on a Damien Dye 27-yard touchdown run, and beat the Harrah Panthers 30-20 Thursday evening. McLoud went to 1-0 in district play with the win.
“This is always a really tough game,” Coach Rusty Hall said. “Both teams are going to play their best and that's what it was tonight. The most important thing is we started out district play 1-0.”
McLoud took the early 7-0 lead on the Dye touchdown.
With 5:02 left in the first half Koalton Keller hooked up with Logan Wheat on a one-yard touchdown pass. The two point conversion failed, giving the Redskins a 13-0 lead.
Harrah managed to score right before halftime on a 20-yard pass from Brian Byers to Colton McElwee. The Panthers converted the extra point and at halftime McLoud led 13-7.
The Panthers tied the game at the 6:36 mark of the third quarter when starting running back Jeff Roberson scored from 20 yards out. After a failed two point conversion, the Redskins and Panthers were tied at 13-13.
Roberto Valadez gave McLoud a 16-13 lead after a 25-yard field goal.
“This is Roberto's first year playing football so you have to explain things on the fly,” Hall said. “He has a phenomenal leg and will be a weapon for us going forward.”
McLoud's passing game struggled throughout most of the evening but when it mattered most, Keller found Coye Campbell in the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown. Valadez converted the extra point and with 5:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Redskins held a 23-13 lead.
Tyler Jones intercepted Byers with 5:28 left in the game, but on McLoud's next possession, a bad snap and fumble recovered by Harrah gave the Panthers a bit of hope.
A few plays later, Byers threw up a deep ball to Chase Jackson for a 35-yard touchdown. The Panthers converted the extra point and McLoud held on to a 23-20 lead with 3:36 remaining.
McLoud managed to score one last time when Keller punched the ball in from 37 yards. Another Valadez extra point gave the Redskins the 30-20 advantage.
Jones put the nail in the Harrah coffin with his second interception of the contest.
Keller led the Redskins with 67 yards passing and a touchdown. He also carried the ball 11 times for 114 yards and a score.
Damien Dye had a team-high 124 yards rushing and one touchdown. He also hauled in one pass for nine yards.
“We have been sharing the rock this season, but I felt like he could tote it more tonight,” Hall said. “Damien stepped up this week in practice and is becoming our leader. He really played a great game tonight.”
Campbell's one reception went for 37 yards and a touchdown. Mason Nikkel recorded one reception for 23 yards.
Brandon Hadl and Conner Cheney both had one sack apiece.
McLoud (2-2) will head to Blanchard Sept. 28 for their second district game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.