Big Second Quarter Washes Away Hammond at Atholton

Hammond High School running back Paskel Cheeves cuts back on Atholton High School stadium’s all-weather turf during a first quarter run. Cheeves scored Hammond’s lone touchdown Friday evening. Atholton won 51-6.  Photo by YANAIR PHOTOGRAPHY.
Hammond High School running back Paskel Cheeves cuts back on Atholton High School stadium’s all-weather turf during a first quarter run. Cheeves scored Hammond’s lone touchdown Friday evening. Atholton won 51-6. Photo by YANAIR PHOTOGRAPHY.

The Atholton Raiders packed 29 points in 11 minutes of playing time during the second quarter on their way to a 51-6 victory against the Hammond Golden Bears Friday night at Atholton High School.

The contest was played during a game-long drizzle and whipping wind which made controlling the football a challenge. The teams combined to fumble the football nine times, and the Raiders intercepted three HHS passes.

The Bears, now 0-5 on the season, did manage to punch in their first road touchdown of the season. Trailing 29-0 in the third quarter, quarterback Elijah Lindsey pinpointed a middle screen pass to running back Paskel Cheeves for a 31-yard touchdown pass to open the second half scoring.

Cheeves caught four passes for 50 yards and rushed eight times for 48 yards.

Hammond quarterback Elijah Lindsey drops back for a pass attempt in HHS’ opening possession during the first quarter against the Atholton Raiders at Atholton High School Friday night. Lindsey threw a third quarter touchdown pass to Paskel Cheeves in AHS’ 51-6 win over the Golden Bears.  Photo by YANAIR PHOTOGRAPHY.
Hammond quarterback Elijah Lindsey drops back for a pass attempt in HHS’ opening possession during the first quarter against the Atholton Raiders at Atholton High School Friday night. Lindsey threw a third quarter touchdown pass to Paskel Cheeves in AHS’ 51-6 win over the Golden Bears. Photo by YANAIR PHOTOGRAPHY.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Raiders (3-2) opened the scoring with a special teams touchdown. From punt formation, Kade Singleton caught a 57-yard pass for AHS’ first of four touchdowns in the second quarter. The Raiders added a 20-yard touchdown pass, two rushing touchdowns and a safety for a 29-0 halftime lead.

The Golden Bear defense was led by D’Andre Veney who led HHS defenders with nine tackles.

In the junior varsity contest, Hammond lost 12-6 in overtime to the Atholton junior varsity squad.

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