GOOD HOPE — The Raiders dominated defensively and delivered big plays offensively en route to a 28-9 win over Carbon Hill at James W. Shabel Stadium on Friday.
Good Hope racked up 12 tackles for loss, recovered a fumble and turned the Bulldogs over on downs four times, while gaining 382 yards of total offense in a balanced effort.
Carbon Hill recorded a safety late in the first quarter, but it was all Raiders after that.
Doston Putman's fumble recovery on the Bulldogs' ensuing possession set up Good Hope's first score of the clash — a 36-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Malin to Drew Maddox.
Coach Alan Scott's squad never trailed again.
Colton Bagwell (23-yard run) and Cole Maddox (24-yard reception) nabbed touchdowns in the second quarter to help the Raiders build a 21-2 halftime advantage.
Malin's 23-yard touchdown run in the third quarter capped the scoring for the Red and White.
All four of Good Hope's scores came after turnovers — three on downs and the fumble recovery.
"Coming into this week, we had more questions than answers," Good Hope coach Alan Scott said. "And we answered some things tonight, which is good. We got a lot of guys in the game. I thought our guys really rallied around each other well. They executed the game plan like we asked them to and got after Carbon Hill. Overall, it’s a good way to start the season for a team that's trying to find its identity a little bit."
Malin finished 6-of-9 passing for 114 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
He secured 70 yards and another score on eight carries in addition to a successful 2-point conversion.
Bagwell churned out 108 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
He hauled in one catch (19 yards) and compiled numerous defensive stops as well.
Jager Burns, Ethan Anderson, Kaleb Jones and Charlie O'Neil also contributed to a ground attack that corralled 268 yards in the triumph.
Drew Maddox (three catches for 61 yards) and Cole Maddox (two catches for 34 yards) both shined in the passing game.
Carbon Hill amassed just 202 total yards for the game — 87 coming on its final drive against the second unit.
"It starts up front — offensive line, defensive line," Scott said. "I take my hat off to those guys. There’s not a lot of glory up there, but they get after it and know their stuff. We had guys step up throughout the night, and we set the tone early defensively. I’m really proud of our effort. We’re just going to try to get better every week."
The Raiders (1-0) will stay home next Friday against Priceville.