A strong offensive showing was over shadowed this past week by an exhausted Northumberland Football defense as the Rappahannock Raiders earned a 48-26 win.
Rappahannock won the opening coin toss and unleashed a fast paced ground game that quickly moved to a first down inside Northumberland territory. But a fourth down gamble lost.
The Indians marched 46 yards in six plays and scored the opening touchdown on a 39-yard Aaron Lewis to Kyle Elmore pass. The two-point conversion was no good. On the next kick off, Rappahannock fumbled and the Indians were back in business.
Lewis capped a 31-yard drive by pushing over from the one-yard line but again they could not convert the two points. With five minutes gone, Northumberland led 12-0.
But the Raiders weren’t about to roll over and play dead. They scored a touchdown in the first period on a three-yard run by Derrick Sumiel, but Rappahannock missed on the extra point kick.
In the second quarter, Rappahannock scored the go ahead touchdown on a 33-yard run from Will Hoover and the extra point converted by Aaron Rock.
Opening the third period, the Indians began to show some tiredness. With 12 players going both ways in the hard fought physical battle, the senior dominated Raiders scored twice more. Romeo Jackson for a 52-yard reception and Andre Brown kicking the extra point. Their second came on a recovered blocked punt. Rock’s kick added the extra point.
The final 12 minutes of the game saw five more scores before the time ran out. First came from the Raiders on an 11-yard Hoover to Rock pass with Rock kicking the extra point. The Indians struck back on a 51-yard pass from Zach Newman to Lewis, but an attempted pass for the two points was no good. Rappahannock responded on another 11-yard Hoover to Rock touchdown pass. Jackson kicked the extra point. The Raiders scored once more on a five-yard run by Brown with Rock kicking the extra point.
Then Northumberland scored on the most electrifying play of the game. Newman threw to Lewis down the sidelines for the final score. The play covered 73 yards. Newman connected with Lewis for the two points.
Prior to going to press, The game scheduled between Colonial Beach (5-4, 2-2) hosting Washington & Lee (5-3, 2-1) on Nov. 2 is under negotiation; Rappahannock (3-2, 3-1) will play at Essex (8-0, 3-0) on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.; and Northumberland (1-9, 0-4) at Lancaster (4-5, 1-3) on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.