Northwestern’s ‘Air Raid’ offense bombs Conway

The inaugural Derrick Law Firm Kickoff Classic was anything but a classic for the Conway Tigers, who suffered a 55-19 defeat at the hands of Upstate power Northwestern on Saturday night at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

The Trojans’ “Air Raid” offense, led by junior quarterback Mason Rudolph, lit up the scoreboard and the Tigers for more than 500 yards of total offense as Conway and star quarterback Mykal Moody struggled to keep pace.

Northwestern running back LaThomas Long scored on a pair of touchdowns runs to put the Trojans ahead early before Moody scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns. His 7-yard score cut the deficit to 14-6 in the first quarter.

The Tigers started to show signs of life by swapping touchdowns with the Trojans’ high-powered attack, trailing 21-12 after Moody broke a 49-yard TD run in the second quarter. After Rudolph hit DuPree Hart for another Northwestern score, Conway was poised to answer.

Moody made a nice pass to Sawyer Jordan, who did a nice job of keeping one foot inbounds at the 1-yard line. Moody appeared to break the plane of the goal line on a QB sneak on the ensuing play but it was ruled a fumble in the end zone that was recovered by the Trojans. Long took it to the house 80 yards on the next play to break open the game at 34-12 entering halftime.

Conway managed to get within 34-19 early in the third before Northwestern slammed the door. The Trojans scored three unanswered TDs while Moody was on the sideline dealing with cramps. He is expected to return for next week’s game against Rock Hill.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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