Red Raider Middles Shock and Taze Spartans
Raiders Middle 13 Spartans 0
Quarterback Colton Shock ably assisted by Adam Tazic, led his team to victory in the early encounter on Saturday. A wet and muddy quagmire greeted both teams and ball security and limiting turnovers looked to be the order of the day. Raiders won the toss and elected to kick off. They recovered a muffed snap on the first play of the game and were lucky not to give the ball back on a fumble of their own on their first possession. Both defenses seemed to have upper hand on the offenses early on but some strong outside running from Shayne Leonard and Adam Tazic pressed a field position advantage in favor of the Raiders. Midway through the 1st quarter Tazic broke through the Spartan rearguard for the opening score. He added the extra point himself behind some great interior line work. Spartans showed signs of life by putting together a couple of drives of their own but an super open field tackle by Cheo Howard and an Adam Tazic strip return to the 33 yard line put Raiders on the front foot. Two plays later Tazic had the ball in the end zone on a mesmerizing run. 13-0 at the half. The second half both team’s defenses got the upper hand and some great disruptive play by Nick Beke and Nathan Hovsepian for the Raiders and Paul Wojas Jr. and Jonathan Eldridge for the Spartans kept this game in the balance for most of the remainder. Tristan Johnson sparked to life in the backfield for the Raiders with some great penetrating running but that was it for the scoring in this one. The Raiders coach gave a special mention to L.J. Allen who had a flawless day at center in tough conditions. Final score Raiders 13 Spartans 0. Also we would like to recognize and give special kudos to the JV cheer squads, Spirit Angels and Superstars, who despite the conditions did an outstanding job cheering for the game.
Little Spartans outgun Hawks
Spartans 25 Hawks 12
Before kickoff with the treacherous conditions, one could easily have thought that one score could have won this game. Clearly both the Spartans and Hawks didn’t get that memo and served up a great game full of twists and turns in the penultimate game of the day. The game swung like a pendulum early on until Trenty Jones III broke the deadlock with a Spartan TD. The extra point was added and the to and fro battle continued. As the 2nd quarter wound down Jones III went in again to leave it 13-0 at the break in favor of the Spartans. It looked like the game was all but over when Jones III got his “hatrick” but a accessed penalty for celebrating while going in for the score gave Hawks great field position for the kickoff. Sure enough the ensuing kickoff was returned for a touchdown and Hawks had life again with the game poised at 19-6. On the next Spartan possession, Hawks had a tackle and strip of the football and a nice return to setup another touchdown score. Just like that it was back to a one score contest and it was “Game On!” The Spartans could easily have been rattled but managed to steady the ship and once again both squads went back and forth test each other’s defense. With 1:25 remaining in the fourth, Jones once again broke away for the final score of the afternoon. The game finished Spartans 25-Hawks 12. After the game Coach Brown was quick to point to Nathan Bonner and Julian Valle at QB and Center. “They were able to work through tough conditions to get the snap off”. He added that he was delighted with both Brandon Conley and Logan Davis on the edge who both held their blocks and sealed the edge for Trenty Jones III’s 4 touchdown runs. Standouts for the Hawks were Nehimiah Hudson, Olivia Contreras and Evan Koza.
Big Hawks pound out victory over Raiders
Hawks 28 Raiders 19
A high scoring, top quality football game played out between the Hawks and Raiders on Saturday evening. In the final game of the day, it didn’t take long for the electricity to get flowing in this one. Marshawn Gill returned the opening kickoff, breaking tackles and powering up the right touchline to give the Hawks the perfect start. The extra point conversion was good and the Hawks were on their way, or so it seemed. But the Raiders had a near perfect response with some tough running and 1st down conversions of their own, took them into Hawks territory. On a third and 4, David Dravet pierced through and put up 6 on the Hawks. A failed extra point attempt, kept the minimum between the sides. The second quarter saw Marshawn Gill at it again as he ripped off some good yardage around right corner and then took a 22 yarder in through some dubious Raider tackling. The extra point put it at 14-6. The Raiders kept at it though and moved the ball nicely into the Hawks zone. A 35 yard Evan Gilligan pass was snagged by Jeffrey Streeter and he was brought down on the 5 yard line. A penalty pushed the Raiders back 10 yards but Nasir Biddings broke a nice run to the left side to net 6 more for his team. The extra point was good and we were back to a one point game with half time approaching.
The Hawks had other ideas though, and put together a couple of nice 1st downs to drive into Raider territory and on a 3rd and 6, Quarterback Sam Satoski found Kevon Gibson with a deep pass and he brought it to the house for 6 more Hawk points. The extra point was good as the clock ticked down to half time. 21-13 Hawks at the intermission. The Varsity Team Fusion were in full voice throughout the game but unfortunately the field conditions prevented them performing their full compliment of cheer routines.
A good start to the second half saw the Raiders move the ball but the Hawks stuffed a 4th and 2 attempt and started their own drive. Following a Hawks first down, Raiders pressurized the Hawks line and forced a fumble that Kyle Boyer recovered. Some more hard earned yards through inside running got the Raiders going when Jeffrey Streeter broke outside on a long run for 6 Raider points. Another failed extra point left two in it again with thirteen minutes to go. Defenses really began to show again as both teams nullified each other’s offenses. Early in the fourth quarter the Raiders got going again, but on 4th down, a dropped pass cost the Raiders. Hawks took over and moved the ball on the Raiders, and then Marshawn Gill blew through a hole and broke a tackle to tack on another six. The extra point was added to make it 28-19 late. The Hawks defense stood firm with the outstanding Kris Walton to the fore and the offense killed the clock over the final 2 minutes. After the game, Head Coach Shrewsbury praised Sam Satoski, Marshawn Gill, Kris Walton and Octavio Contreras for their outstanding efforts in the victory. A huge credit to both set of players for putting on such a quality game despite the conditions.by