Tornadoes adjust to take 35-34 win over Raymond

Tornadoes adjust to take 35-34 win over Raymond


Chancellor Greer scored three touchdowns to lead the Philadelphia Tornadoes past Raymond High School 35-34 Friday night in prep football action.

The Tornadoes improved to 1-1 and will be at home Friday night against Leake Central.

The Rangers had a size advantage over the Tornadoes and contained their offense in the first half. Coach David Frey made some adjustments at the half.

“They were way bigger than us and we had a tough time,” Frey said. “We weren’t blocking our normal runs right so went to the pass/run options. We ran zone and I told my quarterback that we were going to run routes. If it was there, throw the pass. We were kind of out of our game plan but it worked.”

Raymond scored on its first possession. The Rangers took the ball on the Philadelphia 46-yard line and put together an eight-play drive. K’swaya Moffett ran it in from five yards out. The extra-point try was no good and the Rangers led 6-0 with eight minutes left in the first quarter.

That’s how it stood until the second quarter. The Tornadoes forced Raymond to punt and took over on their own two-yard line. On first down, quarterback Marcus Beamon connected with Trey Posey on a 98-yard TD pass play. Adrian Luke kicked the extra point and the Tornadoes led 7-6.

The Rangers took the ensuing kickoff and drove the ball in for a touchdown, Raymond quarterback Trent Singleton scored on a 16-yard run, capping a nine-play, 60-yard drive. Singleton scored the two-point conversion and the Rangers led 14-7. That’s how it stood at the half.

Raymond took the second-half kickoff and drove down to the Philadelphia 20-yard line before running out of downs.

The Tornadoes took the ball and drove 80 yards in seven plays for a touchdown. Chancellor Greer scored on a 12-yard run. Luke’s kick was good and the game was tied at 14-14 with 5:55 left in the third quarter.

The Tornadoes kicked off. After the first down, Ranger quarterback Singleton had to leave the game with an injury. On the next play, Raymond fumbled the ball away. Andrew Carter picked it up and ran 49 yards for a Philadelphia touchdown. Luke kicked two extra points that were called back. He missed the third try and Philadelphia led 20-14.

Raymond took the kickoff and drove it in for a score. Singleton threw a 15-yard TD pass. The extra point failed and the game was tied at 20-20 with 21 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Tornadoes quickly answered. Greer scored his second touchdown of the night on a 37-yard run. Beamon passed to Posey for the two-point conversion and the Tornadoes led 28-20 with 10:42 left to play.

Raymond answered when Moffett ran 50 yards for a touchdown. The Rangers scored the two-point conversion and the game was tied at 28-28 with 8:44 remaining.

Raymond then took the lead when Singleton scored on a 10-yard run. The extra point try failed and Raymond held a 34-28 lead with 3:07 remaining.

Four plays later, Greer broke for a 40-yard TD run to tie the score at 34-34. Luke’s kick was good and the Tornadoes took the lead for good.

In the waning minutes, Carter had a big quarterback sack for an 11-yard loss on fourth down that sealed the deal as the Tornadoes went on to win.

Beamon completed 9-of-13 passes for 209 yards. He was intercepted once.

Posey had three catches for 117 yards while Dee Burnside had three catches for 66 yards. Chancellor had 20 rushes for 127 yards.

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