Middle Division Week 2
Fan'Tazic' start for Middle Raiders
Raiders 13 Hawks 0
Red Raiders middles got their season on the road with a hard fought victory over the Hawks on Saturday. Played in hot and humid conditions, the Raiders kicked off and pinned the Raiders deep in their own half. Both defenses forced turnovers on downs early on but with decent field position on their second series, Shayne Leonard bounced a third and four outside for a 31 yard touchdown run. It was a game of defense the rest of the 1st half with both teams struggling to sustain drives. 6 - 0 to the Raiders at the break.
As the players welcomed the intermission to take liquids on board the JV Cheer teams, Spirit Angels and Superstars entertained the crowd with some outstanding cheer routines. The second half saw both teams open up a little more offense in the first few minutes but crucial penalties and stellar defending saw a territorial battle for field position break out. Late in the third, back to back 1st downs saw Raiders cross midfield and then Adam Tazic ran off tackle for 46 yards to hit pay dirt. Following the extra point conversion, relentless offensive pressure by the Hawks saw them drive to the red zone, but on a fourth down play, Tazic picked off a pass in the end zone to preserve the 13-0 Raider lead. Standouts for Raiders were Shayne Leonard, Colton Shock, Adam Tazic and some outstanding tackling and blocking by Cheo Howard. For the Hawks, Carter Rekitzke, Jaylen Hudson and Ashton Battistella caught the eye.
Spartans put Trenty up on Raiders
Spartans 20 Raiders 18
Trenty Jones III was the man of the hour in the 5:00 PM game at Andrean High School yesterday. It wasn't just that he scored the 3 Spartan touchdowns, it was the manner in which he did it. The game started with a score. Mathew Ortiz returned the opening kick for six for the second straight game with a return. A Raider turnover saw Trenty Jones III go 62 yards for six. Colton Brown added the extra point. Two drives later a double reverse bamboozled the Spartans defense and Ortiz had his second touchdown of the day to give the Raiders a 12-7 lead. The Spartans reacted brilliantly though and on the next drive Jones tore off a 54 yarder for 6 more Spartan points. Once again Colton Brown added the extra point on a sweet inside run.
With a half time score of 14-12, the Xplosion and the Dream Team revved up the crowd with some outstanding routines. Just as the third quarter got under way both teams started playing some top notch defense. A couple of turn over on downs each had both teams camped near the half way line, when Jones cut a run to the strong side and took it to the house. A failed extra point left it 20-12 in Spartans favor with 10 minutes to go. The fourth quarter began with the Raiders driving and last week’s standout James Streeter took the ball in for six from 39 yards out. 20-18 and the game was finely poised. A defensive stop gave the ball back to the Raiders but a lost fumble looked to have ended their hopes of a comeback. Just when you thought all the action was over, tackling machine Cheo Howard, tackled, stripped and returned the ball deep into Spartan territory. The “striper rule” rightly brought the ball back to the place of the turnover (on the 50), but the grandstand finish didn’t materialize as waves of Spartans defenders and the clock conspired against the Raiders. It was a memorable game and full credit to both sets of players and their coaches. An overjoyed Coach Floutsis hailed his young charges and particularly Trenty Jones III, Colton Brown and the ironman crew of Travis Henderson, Bryce Polling, Armond Jones and Steven Stewart. For the Raiders Cheo Howard, Brady Quinn and Cameron Sanders stood out.
Gill has the Hawks soaring
Hawks 19 Spartans 0
The game under lights saw the Spartans taking on the Hawks last Saturday, in a week 2 match up. Spartans got off to a flyer with a nice return and started in Hawk territory. The Spartans added 12 quick yards and looked they were moving but some stellar defense by the Raider line and a pair of high snaps cost them all their early momentum. The Hawks orchestrated a nice long opening drive which was capped off with a beautiful Marshawn Gill off tackle run for 33 yards for the opening score. The extra point was added to put Hawks up 7-0 at 6:26 minutes of the 1st. Another decent return and first down by penalty got the Spartans moving again, but another high snap and a penalty of their own got them in trouble and the Hawks forced a turnover on downs. A nice run of four yards up the middle sucked the Spartans safeties up and on the next play Sam Satoski dropped back and hit a wide open Keyon Gibson for a 54 yard catch and run to the house. The extra point was no good and the score was 13-0. Another promising Spartan drive petered out after some stellar defensive live play and again and huge penalty and the Hawks took over and built momentum again. Another handoff to Gill saw him sprint untouched to the end zone for a 54 yard six-pointer, followed by a failed extra point attempt. Both teams traded defensive stands before the half.
The varsity cheer team Fusion came out at half time and put on a show for all the fans to enjoy. That was probably the final highlight of the evening as the second half was all about the defenses winning their battles and the zebras throwing a lot of laundry around the field. Hawks had the game in hand and controlled a Spartans team that never stopped trying. They battled on bravely but the contest was over at that stage. For the Spartans Travis Jones, Zander Gomolinski and Marcus Mc Clatchey were the standouts. Coach Shrewsbury held special mention for Kris Walton, Marshawn Gill and Sam Satoski as they look forward to next week’s match up with the Raiders.
Middle Division Week 1
Hawks Middles outgun Spartans Middles in the season opener
Spartans Middles 6 Hawks Middles 13
A defensive battle is the best way to describe the matchup between the Spartan and Hawk middle teams in the season opener. The Spartans enjoyed a slight territorial advantage and moved the ball a little better in the early going, but some stout defending and an early fumble derailed the Spartans attack in the first quarter. Neither offensive unit could get any sustained drives going, and the game looked destined to go to the break scoreless. With 2 seconds left to go in the half Julian Bonner snagged a pass from from his quarterback Jaylen Hudson and outran the Spartans cover on his way to an 80 yard touchdown. Halftime saw the JV Spirit Angels and the JV Super Stars entertain the crowd with some lively routines.
The second half was similar to the first, with both teams defenses controlling matters but as the 3rd quarter wound down Travis Henderson broke through the Hawks defense to register 6 points for the Spartans. The extra point attempt was no good with the minimum separating the teams going into the fourth. Half way through the fourth quarter, Marcus Bonner matched his brothers earlier touchdown with one of his own to make it a seven point lead for the Hawks. Spartans threw everything at the Hawks but they held firm to secure the victory. Hawks coach Chris Rekitzke hailed his teams " great defensive stand" and singled out Marcus, Josiah and Julian Bonner for special praise with their effort. A clearly dejected Coach Floutsis called the game a "tough loss" and added "too many little mistakes" cost his young charges. Coach Floutsis singled out Travis Henderson, Paul Wojas Jr. and Bryce Polling as the Spartans standouts.
Little Division Week 1
Streeter runs the show for Little Raiders
Hawks 6 Raiders 19
Raiders Quarterback James Streeter had a perfect debut for the Red Raider littles on Saturday. In his first ever competitive game "Jimmy" didn't take long to get going. On the 2nd play of the game he jumped on a forced fumble to recover the ball. One play later, he bounced a quarterback keeper (designed to go left) back to run for a 48 yard TD to the endzone. A holding penalty wiped out Mathew Ortiz extra point run but Streeter ran in the ensuing 15 yarder extra point to put Raiders 7-0. Raiders defense forced a turnover on downs and midway through the 2nd quarter Streeter was at it again, running for a TD from the 32 yard line. 13-0 at the break which saw the cheer mini squads Xplosion & Dream Team strut their stuff for all their fans.
On the 2nd half kickoff, Mathew Ortiz returned the kickoff 55 yards to put 3 scores between the teams. The Hawks didn't give up and kept plugging away. Their efforts were rewarded when they scored a touchdown deep in the fourth quarter but the clock was against them and the hope of a comeback. For the Raiders, James Streeter, Mathew Ortiz, Carter Kunkle and Ben Beke were outstanding. Coach Bonner from the Hawks singled out Elijah Bonner, Kendrick Gibson and Colin Misewicz for special mention.
Big Division Week 1
Big Raiders power to victory
Spartans 6 Raiders 32
Red Raiders came out guns blazing against Spartans in their big division season opener. Their ground game was evident from the off. On their opening drive David Dravet had a long off tackle touchdown run nullified for a holding penalty but after a long 2nd and 28 run for a first down, Dravet reached the endzone to put the Raiders up. Spartans offense found it hard to move the ball early on and after a turnover on downs, Jeffery Streeter sliced through the Spartans defense to put Raiders up 13-0 at the end of the 1st quarter. Another long Raider drive ended when Raiders quarterback Evan Gilligan tucked the ball and ran it in on a broken pass play. Nasir Biddings ran in the extra point to extend the Raiders lead before David Dravet got his second TD before the half.
Halftime saw the Varsity Cheer Team Fusion entertain the crowd during the break. The 3rd quarter began with Jason Streck going to FB and on the opening drive he rumbled for 50 yards to the endzone on what would be the Raiders final score of the night. Full credit to the Spartans they kept trying and got rewarded with a touchdown in the final minute. The Spartans were dealt a blow before the game with a key injury ruling out a player. Coach Floutsis reserved a special mention for Dominic Maddox, Paul Wojas Jr., Jonathan Eldridge and Carlos and Alyc Kelly for stepping up from the middle team to be available for his big team.