The Rappahannock Raiders varsity football team played a make-up game against the Lancaster Red Devils on Tuesday, October 16 then they traveled to the W&L Eagles on Friday, ,October 19. On their first play from scrimmage, Lawrence Reed went 63 yards for a touchdown to make it a (6-0) lead. The Red Devils took lead (6-8) mid-way through the first quarter. Kahlique ‘KJ’ Gaines powered into the endzone from 2 yds out to make it (12-8). KJ Gaines connected with Elijah Carey for a 23 yd touchdown to make it (20-8) with the two-point conversion. The home team scored again to make it (20-14) in the second quarter. Savion Epps took the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown to put his team up (26-14). The Red Devils cut into the lead with another score (26-22). The Raiders struck back with a 28-yard pass from KJ Gaines to Tyler West to go into the half (34-22). KJ Gaines hit pay dirt again on a keeper on fourth and goal to make it (42-22) in the third. James Taylor scooped up a snap over the Red Devils punter’s head and went 10 yards for a touchdown to add to the score (49-22) with 7:22 left in the third. Lawrence Reed added to his total with a 5-yard touchdown run to make it (55-22). The Red Devils mounted a drive and scored for a (55-28) game. Brandon Stevens went into the endzone from 3 yards out to reach the final score (62-28). The Raiders ran for over 360 yards and over 100 yards through the air.
In the game versus the W&L Eagles, the first two quarters seemed like National Flag Day but it’s October 19 not June 14. The officials were testing their form an accuracy with over twenty penalties called on the Raiders and twelve called on the Eagles. Head Coach William West said, “Sometimes it’s difficult to keep young player into a game when there’s no flow. We made a play then there’s a penalty and we were behind the sticks. There was no continuity on offense in the first half.” The Raiders did reach the Eagles 20-yard line in the second quarter but that’s as close as either team got to the endzone. The home team mounted an eight-play drive late in the third quarter that ended in the endzone in the fourth and a (0-6) lead. The Eagles kick-off was handled by Tyler West; he looked to be pinned in on the sideline, but a quick swivel move gave him some room and he returned the ball for 39 yards to Eagles territory. Two plays later KJ Gaines hit the endzone to tie the score (7-6) with 10:50 to go in the game. James Taylor scooped and scored on an Eagles fumble to make it (13-6). KJ Gaines reached the endzone twice in the last five minutes to give the Raiders a (27-6) win. “Our guys kept playing football and we have special players that can make plays. Our defense played very well, and Delonta Butler lived in their backfield” stated Head Coach William West. Rappahannock will play Northumberland at home on Friday, October 26.