The Raiders Varsity Football Team traveled over to Speedway High School on Friday to take on their Arch Rival, Indiana Crossroads Conference foe, Spark Plugs. They went out and fought hard for 48 minutes and came back to Cardinal Ritter High School with the West Side Super Bowl Trophy in their possession with their 38-0 rout.
The rain had been falling all day leading up to the game, but the football gods came to the Raiders side by stopping the rain right before the start of the game. Speedway started with the ball and started marching down the field. After a long play by the Plugs, the Raiders finally stopped the drive and forced a punt that the Raiders received at their own 20 yard line. They proceeded to march down the field with play after play which was capped off by a touchdown run by Darrell “Quicksilver” Roberson to put the Raiders on the board early. Matthew “Ironfoot” Boberg made good and the Raiders went up 7-0.
Boberg kicked the ball back to Speedway which was stopped in 3 down and forced to punt on 4th down. On the punt play, the snap who over the punters head and the Raiders recovered the ball inside the Spark Plugs 10 yard line. Quarterback, Jack “Rabbit” Henninger ran the ball into the end zone a couple of plays later for the Raiders second touchdown. After the Boberg kick was good, the Raiders were up 14-0 on their rivals.
The Raiders did not let the Spark Plugs gain much on the next possession. During the Speedway drive, they set up a perfectly run screen pass that Alec Frazee blew up to stop the Spark Plugs on a possible big gain. The Raiders forced the Spark Plugs to punt and got the ball back late in the second quarter. They drove the ball down to about the 20 yard line and ran Boberg out there for the 30 yard field goal attempt. “Ironfoot” booted the ball through the uprights to put the Raiders up 17-0 with less than 4 minutes to go in the half.
The Raiders were looking to stop Speedway and go in with the big lead, but Timmy Godsil picked off a pass to give the ball back to the Raiders with 2:33 left in the half. The first play from scrimmage was a bomb to a wide open Donavan Morris from Henninger for a gain of over 30 yards. On the next play from the 9 yard line, Henninger ran another touchdown in with 1:53 left in the half. The Boberg kick was good and the Raiders took the 24-0 lead into halftime.
The second half saw more quality play from the Raiders. On the first drive, Henninger found Morris again for a 30 yards touchdown pass. With the extra point the Raiders were up 31-0 with under six minutes to go in the 3rd.
The Raiders continued to ramp up the defense throughout the second half as KJ Majors picked off a ball with 35 seconds left in the third and Godsil capped off the scoring with 7:20 left in the game with a beautiful pick. Ashton Hall punched the ball in to give the Raiders their final 38-0 score.
Henninger led the team in passing throwing for 203 yards and 1 touchdown while running for 19 yards and 2 touchdowns. The rushing attack was led by the thunder and lightning combo of Hall, who led the running attack rushing for 74 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown followed, and Roberson withe 42 yards on 10 carries and a TD. Jajaun Sanders also contributed rushing for 35 yards on 6 carries. Morris was an absolute beast for the receiving core. After dropping a couple of passes early he rallied back to catch 8 balls for 164 yards, finding the end zone once. Aiden Robinson had 2 catches for 31 yards and Reid Swails and Godsil each had a reception.
The defense was led by Zach Feltz who had 16 total tackles including a sack and 12 solo. He was followed by Joe Bishop with 6 and a sack, Godsil with 5 Jaden Brock with 4 and Roberson, Nate Cmehil, Majors, Morris, Hall, Frazee and Aaron Roberts with 3.
This was the Raiders first win of the season and it was a vast improvement from the week before against Brebeuf.
The Raiders lost that game but had some great plays with a 6 yard touchdown pass caught by Aiden Robinson and another bomb from Henninger to Robinson. Defensively, the Raiders also had a big fumble recovery during the game by Hall.
In that game, Henninger threw for 184 yards for 2 touchdowns. Robinson was outstanding at receiver catching 3 balls for 107 yards and 2 TDs. Timmy Godsil also had 45 yards on 4 catches and Morris and Roberson each pulled in 3 catches.
The defense was led by Zach Feltz and Joe Bishop who both had 6 tackles a piece. Mark Kibirige, Parker Mead, Jajuan Sanders and Frazee all had 4 tackles with Frazee picking up a sack in the process.
The Raiders are back in action Friday at home as they take on ICC foe Triton Central at 7:00 PM.