Raiders Record Second-Highest Output Ever in Tuesday Win Over Central Gwinnett

The Habersham Central Raiders had already locked up a playoff berth. But after a rare Tuesday night game at Raider Stadium in which Habersham (5-4; 3-2 in 8-AAAAAA) won 62-14, the boys and coach Benji Harrison can take a big sigh of relief as they locked up the third seed from 8-AAAAAA.

In what was a historic night at John Larry Black Field, Habersham cruised to a blowout win, highlighted by the school’s second-ever 60-plus point effort. The 62 points were the most since the infamous 72-point game against East Hall in 2017, which was a crazy 72-55 game.

The 48-point win was one shy of the record for Habersham’s largest margin of victory, which was a 49-0 beatdown on North Hall back in 2001. The bulk of the damage was done in the second quarter, wherein Habersham put 34 points on the board to go up 48-14 at the break.

What gets lost in the details is the Raider defense, which stifled Central Gwinnett to a mere 187 total yards. Austin Wood picked off 3 passes for the second time this season, and now has a ridiculous 9 interceptions on the year, thus tying a school record.

Joshua Pickett led the way offensively, scoring on the opening drive on a 10-yd TD. Late in the first, Central Gwinnett tied it up before Pickett scored from 70 ticks out to put the Raiders up for good.

Pickett added a 4-yd TD in the second, and Jackson Clouatre scored from 4 yards out to push the lead up to 28-7. Central Gwinnett pulled to within 28-14, but the final 3 minutes of the half were all owned by Habersham Central. Clouatre notched a 55-yd TD, and Pickett threw 2 TDs to Grayson Taylor (26 yds) and Clouatre (13 yds).

Habersham’s Simarcus Burney scored a 5-yd TD in the four and Quinton Sharp added a 2-yd TD run to cap the scoring. Habersham moves to 5-4 overall, solidifying a .500 regular season. The Raiders play Shiloh on Saturday with a chance to move to 6-4 on the season.

Feature Photo by Daniel Purcell

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