(BONNE TERRE, Mo.)North County had a happy senior night as the Raiders defeated the Potosi Trojans 22-7 Friday night in a game heard on J-98. The Raiders well-tuned offense found some early points by driving down the field on eight plays. Senior running back Jaelen Reed capped off the drive with a four-yard run.

A successful two-point conversion put North County on top 8-0. Later in the first half, the Trojans responded with a 19-play drive finishing with a touchdown run from junior Demond Guthrie.

Zach Haynes made the extra point to make it 8-7 Raiders. On the ensuing drive, North County’s senior quarterback Kolton Poorman connected with another senior, Cole Ziegler, on a long pass play.

Poorman finished the night completing 15 of 23 passes for 217 yards and Ziegler hauled in six catches for 106. North County missed the two-pointer, keeping the score at 14-7 all the way to halftime. Potosi started with the ball in the second half, but a fumble by sophomore quarterback Andrew Coleman gave the Raiders a chance to start in opposing territory. The Raiders soon took advantage of the good field position.

Reed carried the ball 19 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns. The two point-conversion extended North County’s lead to 22-7. Into the fourth quarter, Potosi’s run-first offense was forced to try and throw, and North County’s defense made another play.

North County held on to the ball for the rest of the game to seal the victory. Raiders head coach Brian Jones said his seniors stepped up to help finish the season well.

Trojans head coach Ed Haar said they had a few too many mistakes throughout the contest.

North County is now 5-3 with the win and will finish out the regular season on the road against John Burroughs next Saturday. Potosi fell to 4-4 and will visit De Soto next Friday night.