The Cardinal Ritter Varsity Football Team traveled to Lutheran High School this Friday to take on the Saints in their second Indiana Crossroads Conference game in two weeks. The Raiders fought hard and had several awe-inspiring plays throughout the game. However, they ultimately fell to the Saints with a score of 32-21.
Lutheran won the toss and elected to receive. They looked to win the game in the trenches with several plays that gained yardage and multiple first downs until a run was broken for 40 yards and a Saints touchdown. The Raiders received the ball and were forced to give it back. Lutheran looked to continue scoring but the Cardinal Ritter defense held true and with the help of Donovan Morris on a tremendous pass break-up. Got the ball back.
The Raiders took the first score on the chin but fought back hard. The game began to look like a field position struggle with each team unable to find the end zone. That is until the Raiders got the ball back with 3:32 left in the first quarter on the Lutheran 27 yard line. A couple of plays later and Jack “Rabbit” Henninger threw a 20 yard touchdown pass with 1:19 in the quarter. The kick by Matthew “Ironfoot” Boburg was good to even the score at 7.
From that point on it was all out war with no team conceding. When one team punched, the other punched back and the field possession game was back in effect.
The Saints next possession saw a punt blocked with 11:02 left in the half which the Raiders recovered on the Lutheran 9 yard line. After a couple of running plays, Darryl Roberson punched it in from the 5 yard line. After the Boburg extra point was good, the Raiders were up 14-7.
Lutheran came back to score with 6:06 left in the half but could not get the extra point which saw them still down 14-13.
Again, the field position game was back in full swing. Lutheran was able to get the ball back late in the first half and ended up finding the end zone again one last time to go ahead 19-14 which they took into the second half.
The Raiders received the ball in the second half, and were able to be the first to put points on the board courtesy of a 1 yard TD run by Ashton Hall to put the Raiders up 21-19.
This ended up being the last time the Raiders scored as Lutheran would score in the beginning of the fourth quarter and with 3:37 left in the game to put them ahead for good at 32-21.
The Raiders never gave up and showed tremendous amount of heart during the game. The improvement shown on every play shows that good things are yet to come from these fighting Raiders.
Henninger led the team in passing completing 50% for 131 yards and a touchdown. Morris led the team in receiving catching 2 balls for 33 yards and a touchdown. Timmy Godsil had 4 catches for 35 yards , Reid Swails caught 1 bomb for 53 yards and Ladarryl Woods added a catch. Hall led the ground game picking up 33 yards on 7 carries and a touchdown while Henninger also added 33 yards.
The defense was led by Alec Frazee who had 10 tackles followed by Parker Mead and Morris with 6, Joseph Adeyanju, and Darrell Roberson with 5 and Zach Feltz and Jajuan Sanders with 4.
Their next game will be at Brebeuf on Friday. Come out and support your Raiders!