Rapahannock Raiders: Season opener

Rappahannock got its football season off to a good start Friday night in West Point defeating the Pointers, 41-15.

The Raiders scored a go-ahead touchdown late in the first half to take a 21-15 lead.  On the ensuing kickoff the Raiders gambled successfully and recovered an onside kick.  From there, the Raiders punched down to the goal line and the effort culminated in failed field goal effort, but it set the tone for a second half that

Marcus Byrd grabs an interception in front of the intended recipient, the Pointers’ L.A. Allen.

Marcus Byrd grabs an interception in front of the intended recipient, the Pointers’ L.A. Allen.

saw Rappahannock roll up 20 unanswered points.

Rappahannock played aggressively on both sides of the ball, grabbing four fumbles, and four interceptions while posting six touchdowns.

“It is always feels good to get that first W,” said Coach William West.  “We are just trying to keep preparing and getting better and get the respect we deserve,” West added. “I told (the players) we need to show people we deserve respect.”

On Friday, the Raiders gave the Pointers a lot to respect.

Marcus Byrd scored on a 27-yard pass play from Ken Pierson for the Raiders late in the first quarter.  West Point came right back to tie the game, but moments later Pierson found Marquis Lanier on a 60-yard pass play with 11:30 left in the half.  Again West Point responded but this time added a two-point conversion to go up 15-14 with 3:23 left in the half.

Moments later, Rappahannock’s Jamal Fisher caught a short pass and ran unimpeded for a 69-yard touchdown that put the Raiders up for good.

The Raiders followed with a successful onside kick to regain possession of the ball and push the Pointers down the field.  The half ended on a failed field goal attempt and some extra curricular activity as West Point returned the ball.  At least one Pointer was ejected and the tone was set for a second half dominated by the Raiders.

Fisher got his second touchdown on a 39-yard pass play with 3:41 left in the third quarter. Ben Shepherd grabbed a 16-yard pass for the Raiders’ score. And Pierson rolled in from six yards out for the final Rappahannock touchdown with just over six minutes left in the game.

Next week, Rappahannock will host Middlesex at 7 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm