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Raiders slip and slide out of playoffs

Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm

The Rappahannock Raiders varsity football team hosted a quarter-final playoff game against the West Point Pointers on Friday, November 9. The Raiders slid out of the playoffs with a (7-39) loss to the Pointers. This was the wettest football season that I recall. Close to half the season’s regular scheduled game had to be postponed because of inclement weather and it was another rainy day at Rappahannock. As game time neared the rain lessened and stopped during the game, but the field was wet, and the footing left a little to be desired. The Raiders received the opening kick-off and on the second play Lawrence Reed went around the edge to the near sideline for a 53-yard touchdown run and a (7-0) lead with 11:43 left in the first quarter. The Raiders defense stop the Pointers on third down to make it fourth and 2 yards for a first. They swarmed West Points ball carrier and he fumbled; Juwane Veney scooped up the fumble and stumbled ahead for 5 yards to give the ball to the Raiders. The visitors stopped the home team and blocked a punt to score their first touchdown to make it (7-7) with 1:10 to go in the first. The Pointers would record the next six scores with a 31 yd run (7-14) with 10:35 in the second. They add a field goal (7-17) and a touchdown pass (7-24) with 2:23 to go in the half. In the third quarter the Pointers ran into the end zone to make it (7-30) and again in the fourth to go ahead (7-36) with 7:25 to play. I guess the Pointer wanted to give their kicker some work because they lined up for a field goal with 2:28 left to make it (7-39) and the win. The Raiders finished their season with an 8-3 record. Congrats to the players and coaches for one of the Raiders best seasons. After a couple weeks to decompress, the returning players will be in the weight room working to improve for next year.