Raiders average 37 points in their four wins
Tomorrow night the Minden Crimson Tide faithful will be celebrating Homecoming at the Pit, as the Tide will host the Huntington Raiders.
Huntington comes into the game winners of three of their last four games and a 4-3 overall record.
Minden High is still looking for their first win of the season, and it might just come down to how well the defense plays Friday if they are to get that win this week.
The Tide's offensive woes are well known, but they have shown signs of life lately, plus Huntington gives up an average of 40 points a game. Even if you take out the 61 Evangel put on the Raiders the first week of the season, Huntington still gives up 37 points per game. And that's good news to the Minden offense.
Huntington only gave up 12 points to Fair Park last week but allowed the Indians 256 total yards (192 rushing, 64 passing). If the Tide can get their offense rolling this week, all eyes will be on the defense.
Minden has been giving up an average of 235 rushing yards per game this year. They will have to tighten up those numbers this week, as one of the state's top rushers, Huntington's Damien Jiggetts, is coming to town.
Jiggetts has rushed for 1,332 yards and 14 touchdowns through seven weeks. Two weeks ago against Benton, Jiggetts ran 21 times for 308 yards and four touchdowns. Last week against Fair Park, he carried it 29 times for 154 yards and two scores.
The Tide defense will have to key on Jiggetts and slow the Huntington running game and put pressure on quarterback Aldon Kelly and the Raiders pass offense to produce.
Conversely, The Tide offense will have to do more than just show up.
Two weeks ago, against Fair Park, the Crimson Tide put together their best offensive game of the year. The Tide totaled 331 yards of offense against the Indians, 271 through the air and 60 on the ground. Quarterback Turner Francis and receiver Elgin Moore hooked up 14 times for 221 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown for Minden's lone score.
If running backs Taylor McKissack and Dominique Walker can get some yards on the ground to keep the Raiders defense honest, and the Tide o-line can give Francis a clean pocket, look for him and Moore to team up quite a bit.
But it will all start with the Tide defense.