The Central A&M Raiders were not exactly first game ready last Friday night when they got trampled by the Monticello Sages 36-0 in their season opener.
The dynamic duo of the Sages running attack did most the damage for Monticello. Fullback Andrew Bailey had 105 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries.
Halfback Dylan Knisley added 76 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Sam Parrish, the new Quarterback for the Sages, threw for 100 yards, which included a 27-yard touchdown pass to Clay Becker.
Meanwhile, the Raiders got shut out on opening night at their home turf.
Everything that could have went wrong for the Raiders, went wrong.
Even though it was a tough loss for the Raiders, head coach Nate Graham is staying positive.
Graham said preparing for the game this upcoming week will be all about getting better every day at practice.
“Watch tape and make corrections,” Graham said.
The now 0-1 Raiders will make their way to Shelbyville for their next game against the Rams.
The Rams are also coming off a 40-0 blow-out loss to the hands of last year’s state champion Maroa-Forsyth Trojans last Friday as well.
The game will feature ex-head coach Mark Ramsey against new Raiders coach Graham.
The game starts at 7 p.m. next Friday September 6 at Shelbyville High School.