CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Roane County's football team has been unbeatable at home this season in compiling a 4-0 record on its own turf.
The road has been a different story for the Raiders as they dropped two of their first three contests outside of Roane County.
Those road woes finally came to an end Friday as the Raiders traveled to Kanawha County and escaped with a hard-fought 43-33 win over Herbert Hoover on a chilly evening along the Elk River.
Roane, No. 15 in the Class AA playoff ratings, won its fifth straight game in improving to 6-2, while Hoover slipped to 2-6 with its third straight loss.
"We went to Clay to open the year and played really well," said Roane coach Paul Burdette. "Then we went to Ritchie and Ravenswood and kind of stubbed our toes and didn't do what we were capable of.
"We got things back together at home, but we knew this would be a tough game tonight. We definitely didn't look at Hoover's record because we know what kind of schedule they play and we knew they were a good football team that it would take four quarters of football to beat."
That's exactly the type of effort it took for the Raiders, who trailed 27-21 entering the fourth quarter. They outscored Hoover 22-6 in the game's final 12 minutes.
The game's biggest play came with just over eight minutes remaining and the score knotted at 27.
Hoover quarterback Tyler Americo's attempted screen pass was deflected into the arms of Roane freshman Tyler May, who rumbled 38 yards to give the Raiders the lead for good. A 2-point conversion pass gave Roane a 35-27 lead.
"We've talked all year about putting four quarters together and we've been building and building and we finally did it,'' Burdette said.
"Tyler made a big play in the fourth quarter for us. We've been looking for our first defensive score of the year and that was it. That was the difference in the ballgame in my opinion."