Good Hope Fights All The Way Back Against Carbon Hill; Overcomes 12-0 Deficit

The Carbon Hill Bulldogs indeed came to play Friday night at G. W. Keith Stadium – at least for the 1st quarter. They hosted the Good Hope Raiders in a 2018 season-opening game for both squads deep in Walker County.

The Bulldogs jumped all over the Raider early-on courtesy of two stunning pass plays from quarterback Jon Michael Madison to receiver Carson McGinnis. Carbon Hill had a 12-0 lead before most fans had settled into their seats.

In a testament to the values, work ethic, and preparation put in over the spring and summer, the Alan Scott-led Raiders bounced with hardly a wobble.

The Raiders scored their first touchdown on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Bailey Quick to Isaiah Green in the 2nd quarter. Carbon Hill’s Cade Perry blocked the extra point.

A short Matthew Dixon touchdown run with 30 seconds left in the first half, putting the Red Raiders up 13-12 at intermission.

After a spectacular halftime show from both schools’ Marching Bands, play resumed with it becoming increasingly evident that the Raider had figured out the Madison-McGinnis scheme, shutting down the previously lethal pair through the final three quarters.

The Raiders added a final touchdown in the fourth quarter to make add up to the 20-12 final score. The score came on Quick to Zachary Bagwell 28-yard pass strike.

Quarterback Quick did damage through all four quarters fini9shi9ng some great passing statistics: 11-of-17 for 203 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also accounted for over 60 yards on foot.

Raider running back Matt Dixson helped the Good Hope cause significantly contributing 20 carries for 77 yards and a vital touchdown.

Wide receiver Matt Hancock pulled in five timely receptions tallying up almost 100 yards offense.

Raiders Head Coach Alan Scott had these final thoughts:

“We got hit in the mouth hard early. Those two big plays shell-shocked us a bit. However, our guys weren’t going to let two quick scores panic them. The offense kept chipping away, the defense tightened up, and everyone played to the end. I am very proud of the players for this effort and strong win!”

The now 0-1, 3A, Region 4 Carbon Hill Bulldogs will play their second straight home game Friday hosting Walker County rival Dora (1-0).

4A, Region 5 Good Hope remains on a bus, traveling to Priceville to challenge the 0-0 Bulldogs in their 2018 season opener.


Images by Allison Nisley

Report by Randy Bright


Good Hope Fights All The Way Back Against Carbon Hill; Overcomes 12-0 Deficit


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