Keenan opened the 2008 football season on an upbeat note in a 27-7 road win over East Clarendon on Friday. The Raiders now take the week off to get ready for their home opener on Sept. 4 against Bethune-Bowman.
Of note, the win came in Keenan’s first-ever Week 0 game and snapped a six-year losing streak in season openers. Moreover, the triumph made Mitchell Morton’s debut as Raiders coach a memorable one.
The host Wolverines put together a scoring drive on their first possession, but never found their way to the end zone again. Keenan tied the score at 7-7 on a last-second scoring drive late in the first half. The Raiders took possession at their own 49 with 28 seconds to go and needed just two plays to even the count. Antonio Perry hit Marvin Poole with a 31-yard scoring pass followed by William Moore’s PAT kick.
It was all Keenan after the break. In the end, the Raiders showed admirable offensive balance - running for 183 yards while Perry went 12-for-23 passing for 180 yards. The senior quarterback had one scoring pass and two touchdown runs. Poole caught six passes for 89 yards. Senior Arthur Goforth ran for 124 yards and caught two passes for 50 more.
The Keenan defense, meanwhile, limited EC to just 123 total yards.