Clay's Ricky Ahart returned the kickoff 26 yards to Roane's 35, but the Raiders stiffened again and forced a turnover on downs. Panthers quarterback Tyler Stewart nearly hit wideout Stephen Cole in the end zone on first down, but as Cole fell into the end zone, the ball popped out.
May finished with 85 yards rushing and 53 passing for the Raiders and Scott chipped in 45 yards on the ground and two receptions for 14 yards. Roane finished with 158 yards rushing and forced four fumbles, recovering two.
"The glaring problem last week was our offensive line,'' Burdette said. "Tonight, they opened holes and they blocked well on passes. They came to work.''
Clay was right there in spite of the two muffed punts and two lost fumbles. Both of the muffs led to TDs for Roane.
"We just made too many mistakes,'' said Panthers coach Steve Ware, who took Clay to the playoffs for the first time in eight years last season. "Both teams gave it all they had. I saw a lot of bright spots. We never quit and went hard the whole game. Nothing that can't be fixed.''
Lucas finished with 97 yards on 18 carries with the two scores for the Panthers, while Stewart added 56 passing yards and 52 yards on the ground. Cole hauled in three passes for 53 yards.
Clay honored longtime football coach Ron Sirk, who died this spring, with a moment of silence before the game.
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