By Lexi Palmer, Photo by Mackenzie Goode

The eighth grade Roughnecks suffered a tough 34-0 loss on the road to the West Rusk Raiders last Thursday evening. The loss brings the ‘Necks to 2-1 in district play and 4-2 overall.

The Raiders used solid execution and physical strength to halt what had been a sound ground game for White Oak. Running back Dyllon Heist was held to under 100 yards for the first time all season and quarterback Landyn Grant and the receiving corp were also limited to just under a 100 yards on the night.

It was a tough game all the way around,” Heist said. “We put together some decent drives but miscues and penalties kept us from scoring.”

The Raiders took advantage of the missed opportunities, keeping the ‘Necks out of the endzone on several drives.

Their physicalness on both sides of the ball was something we had not seen this year,” Coach Jamie Salter said. “It’s hard to simulate something like that in practice all week. That was the biggest factor tonight.”

Defensively, Heist finished the night with 15 tackles.

“We have no choice but to get back to work and prepare for the next game, because it is coming,” Salter said.

The Roughnecks will host Mineola on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.