Raiders’ air game too much for Tide

Minden quarterback Jakobe Jackson had one touchdown on the ground and one in the air.

 Minden’s Crimson Tide found themselves victims of an air raid Friday as quarterback Kamron Evans set a Huntington school record with five passing touchdowns, leading his team on a 60-27 scoring spree to help celebrate the Raiders’ homecoming at Independence Stadium.

Evans finished the night completing 22 of 24 attempts for 471 yards, with scoring throws of 70, 65, 16, 16 and 12 to three different receivers.

Minden was looking at a 14-0 deficit after one quarter following a four-yard run by Damarion Carter and an Evans-to-Carter 65 strike down the middle of the field. Minden bounced back quickly, cutting the score to 14-7 when Jakobe Jackson found Jaylin Williams with a 13-yard TD.

After Huntington scored on an Evans 16-yard pass, the Tide launched a 66-yard, 14-play scoring drive lasting six minutes, capped by Daylen Robinson’s one-yard plunge to make it 22-14 going into halftime.

Minden took the second half kickoff and scored after just two plays when Jackson optioned right, found an opening and raced 63 yards to paydirt. Elijah Lingerfelter kicked true and the Tide moved close at 22-21. 

Huntington then put the game out of reach with four straight scores, making it 52-21 with 7:44 left in the game. Minden’s final score of the evening came when Robinson broke through the Raiders’ defensive left side and scampered 62 yards to paydirt. 

Despite the outcome, the Tide’s running game churned out 303 yards on 56 attempts and featured a pair of 100-yard-plus carriers. Robinson led all rushers for the night, picking up 136 yards on 19 carries with a pair of touchdowns. Jackson had 111 yards on 17 rushes and had one score. Cameron Mitchell gained 57 yards on 12 tries before leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury.

Evans, a 6-3, 190 pound senior, completed 22 of 24 passes during his record-setting night. Jarvis Davis caught eight of those for 142 yards and a score while Carter had five catches worth 154 yards and two touchdowns. 

Jackson completed four of 11 passes for 30 yards and a touchdown. Williams and Robinson each had two catches.

With the loss, the Tide falls to 1-4 for the season, 0-2 in District 1-4A play. Minden will play host to Bossier’s Bearkats in another district contest next week.