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Raiders knock Indians from the undefeated ranks

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:26 pm

The Rappahannock Raiders hosted and knocked off the Northumberland Indians of Saturday, October 27. The Indians came into the came undefeated with two and a half games remaining [a half to complete against Northampton]. The Raiders were undefeated in the district with just one loss in the region. After a couple penalties stalled their first drive, the Raiders reached the endzone on the second possession with a Kahlique ‘KJ’ Gaines 11-yard run off the left side to make it a (7-0) lead mid-way through the first quarter. The home team used the ground and air to move the ball in the second quarter to score their second touchdown a KJ Gaines 1-yard plunge to go ahead (14-0). Elijah Carey intercepted an Indians pass to give the Raiders the ball inside the visitor 20-yard line. KJ Gaines connected with Tyler West on a pass to the middle of the field to score with the clock running out and a (21-) half time advantage. Head Coach William West said, “Our goal was to shut down the Indians early to not give them any momentum. It was about ball control because of the field conditions.” The Indians scored after a turnover to make it (21-6) in the third quarter. The teams traded possessions until 8:57 of the fourth when KJ Gaines hit Savion Epps with a pass that went 58-yards to the endzone and a (28-6) lead, after Joseph Hillman split the uprights with his fourth point after touchdown. “We played good fundamental football by only giving up one big play. We felt we could cover their receivers with our outside people [Savion Epps and Tyler West]; this would allow our front seven to put pressure on their quarterback” stated Head Coach William West. He (coach West) added, “We made plays on offense and defense. The longer we maintained the ball the more it made their best players work.” The Raiders defense held the Indians to 135 total yards and two turnovers. Rappahannock last regular season game will be at Essex on Friday, November 2.