North Murray graduated 23 seniors from last year’s 5-5 team.
After Adams’ roaring start to the game and a failed two-point attempt, the Raiders wasted little time with a 69-yard return by Colter Faith to the Mountaineers’ 30. Three runs by senior tailback Blake Foster pushed the ball to the 9, and quarterback Rhett Harper found Cole Gillean in the back of the end zone on a roll-out pass.
Jonathon Sanchez tacked on the first of his five extra points. The Raiders — who wouldn’t trail again — led 21-6 at the end of the first half.
Foster (5-yard run), Will Swantic (16-yard run), Luis Fraire (3-yard fumble return) and Devin Fields (12-yard run) also scored for the Raiders. John Chastain scored on a 3-yard run for the Mountaineers’ other touchdown.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do, and we had some problems in some of our base offense, but I couldn’t be prouder of the way these boys responded tonight,” Gray said. “This is a big win for them and for this program. But it is still just the first game of the year.”