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Raiders football rules the grid iron

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 8:35 am

The Rappahannock Raiders varsity football team ran away, around, and through the visiting Nandua Warriors in their opening game on Friday, August 24. The Raiders returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but it was called back. They had to reboot and start at the 20-yard line. Five plays later they were in the endzone again; Lawrence Reed had a 42-yard run where he went up the middle then cut to the outside to put the ball on the 14-yard line. Kahlique “KJ” Gaines took the ball up the middle for the first touchdown (7-0). The Raiders defense stopped the Warriors, so they had to punt; Savion Epps picked the ball up on the bounce then went 56-yards to the endzone to make it (14-0). Their next possession started in the Warriors territory, and after five plays the Raiders scored again; off a 10-yard pass from KJ Gaines to Tyler West for a (21-0) lead. The Warriors put together a drive to start the second quarter and scored to make it (21-8). They kicked off to the Raiders Savion Epps dodged and danced through the opponents for a 90-yard touchdown and a (28-8) advantage. The next time the Raiders touched the ball it took three plays to reach the endzone. On a third and 20-yards to go, they ran a reverse and Savion Epps hit pay dirt for the third time with an 86-yard run up the right sideline to go up (34-8). KJ Gaines connected with Savion Epps for a 63-yard score to put the Raiders ahead (41-8) at the half. Head Coach William West said, “I feel it’s easier to teach and progress when you have players that have been in the system for a few years. Preparation started in the spring and it’s carrying over to the football field. We still have a lot to work on.” KJ Gaines rushed 9-yards for the first touchdown of the third quarter to make it (48-8). The defense got the ball back for the offense when Marveon Newton recovered a fumble at the Warriors 30-yard line. James Taylor ran the ball twice for 28-yards then for a 2-yard touchdown and the Raiders were ahead (54-8). The Raiders switched out a few players in the second half, so James Taylor got four carries and Ke’Vaun Brown carried the ball into the endzone from 12-yards out to push the score to (61-8) in the fourth quarter. Elijah Carey picked off a Warriors pass and put the Raiders in scoring position at the 14-yard line. Calvin Hines bowled in from 14-yards to make it (68-8). Head Coach William West stated, “Studying video led to the game plan that allowed them to score and control the game. We are very pleased with our young men for their effort.” Joseph Pierson the leader of the defense led the team in tackles and sacks. Place kicker Joseph Hillman was 8 for 10 on extra points.  Rappahannock will play at Middlesex on Thursday, August 30.