In its football season opener Wednesday, Midway Middle School defeated Roseboro-Salemburg, 12-8, in a defensive battle at Lakewood High.
The first half was scoreless.
Midway struck first in the third quarter when Casey Culbreth connected with Jaylin Baggett for a 25-yard touchdown. The conversion failed.
RS bounced back on the kickoff, returning the ball 94 yards for a touchdown. RS got the 2-point conversion on a quarterback keeper to go up 8-6.
Midway got the ball back and Culbreth threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Josh Lupo. Again, Midway could not get the conversion leaving the score 12-8.
The Raider defense, which only allowed 54 yards the entire game, stopped the Leopards with a Culbreth interception.
Midway ran the clock out to secure the win. Culbreth finished 5-for-10 for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
Trey Gregory led the Raiders in rushing with 14 yards on six carries. Lupo had two catches for 70 yards and one touchdown. Gregory and Aldo Lazcano-Navarrete led the defense with five tackles each.
Midway will host Union on Wednesday in its home opener.