Posted 9/01/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Atati Mita and Waylen Hale had two touchdowns each and Ray survived a late scare for a 41-34 victory over Parshall-White Shield on Friday night.
Hale caught a pass from Garrett Hodenfield for the go-ahead two-point conversion with 3:05 to play after his 39-yard TD run, stunning the crowd.
Derek Hale then had a 14-yard TD run with 1:48 left, and the Jays’ defense made two late stops to secure a win in their home opener.
“Our kids played hard, and Parshall’s kids played hard,” Ray coach Steve Perdue said. “It just came down to a play or two that we made.”
Jelani Foote and Monte Good Bird each had two scores for the Braves, who have scored 96 points in their first two games this season.
Mita ran for an early 75-yard TD punt return as the Jays quickly bounced back from a 54-20 defeat at Beach last week.
The Jays had little trouble scoring Friday, but their defense struggled against the Parshall offense led by Foote.
“We make mistakes; we’re still young,” Perdue said. “But the kids have got a lot of enthusiasm.”
The Braves answered Mita’s punt return with a scoring pass from Foote to Jayson Hall. Waylen Hale then ran for a Ray score, but Good Bird put Parshall to within two with a 4-yard score after a Jayson Hall 74-yard run.
Sergio Benavides scored on Parshall’s next drive, but Kadan Olson later returned a fumble 18 yards for a TD, giving Ray a halftime lead of 20-18.
After Derek Hale’s go-ahead score, Ray intercepted a Parshall pass and later brought down Good Bird four yards from the end zone as the clock struck zero.
The Jays travel to winless New Town on Friday.
Ray 41, Parshall-White Shield 34
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Parshall 0 18 8 8
Ray 7 13 0 21
Ray -- Atati Mita 75 punt return (Kadan Olson kick).
Parshall -- Jayson Hall pass from Jelani Foote (run failed).
Ray -- Waylen Hale 28 run (Olson kick).
Parshall -- Monte Good Bird 4 run (run failed)..
Parshall -- Sergio Benavides 3 run (run failed)..
Ray -- Olson 18 fumble return (run failed).
Parshall -- Foote 1 run (Foote run).
Ray -- Mita 56 pass from Garrett Hodenfield (Olson kick).
Parshall -- Good Bird 3 run (Benavides run).
Ray -- Waylen Hale 39 run (Waylen Hale pass from Hodenfield).
Ray -- Derek Hale 14 run (kick failed).
Region 6 Standings
W L PF PA
MLS 1 0 86 6
Divide County 1 0 42 12
Kenmare 1 0 44 21
Ray 1 0 41 34
Parshall 0 1 34 41
Tioga 0 1 21 44
Trenton 0 1 12 42
New Town 0 1 6 86
Last week’s games
Divide County 42, Trenton 12
Kenmare 44, Tioga 21
MLS 86, New Town 6
Ray 41, Parshall 34
This week’s games
Divide County at Kenmare
MLS at Parshall
Ray at New Town
Tioga at Trenton