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 hbut 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.by