By Linsey Waggoner
On Friday October 5th, the Cardinal Ritter Football Team took on Indiana Crossroads Conference rivals, Scecina Crusaders, in an epic Friday night light showdown. The stands were extra crowded, the fans were extra loud, and the student section was extra rowdy as the Raiders played their hearts out on the field. Although they ended up short in the end, the team shocked many as they came out strong and were in the lead for much of the first quarter.
It all started with Darrell “Quicksilver” Roberson catching a pass from Jack “Rabbit” Henninger and making a huge run to the end zone. While this run did not score a touchdown due to a flag, this play gave the Raiders the momentum they needed to take the lead. Donovan “Spiderman” Morris also had a long run on this possession to push CRHS far enough that Matthew “Iron foot” Boberg could kick a field goal to give the Raiders a 3-0 lead.
Cardinal Ritter put up tough defense after this, but Scecina still scored, making it 7-3. The Raiders ended the quarter with a touchdown, making it 10-7 going into the second quarter.
The Crusaders came out in the second quarter scoring quickly to make it 14-10 and then again to make it 20-10. Robinson had another good catch and run down the field on the Raiders next possession. However, Scecina then had an interception and a touchdown after this furthering their lead to 27-10. Henninger had a long pass to Aiden Robinson, who was then able to get the ball to the one yard line for Jujuan Sanders to run the ball in for a touchdown. The first half ended 27-17.
After the all the halftime festivities, the Raiders kept on fighting but ultimately lost the game 56-27. Offensively, the raiders were led by Henninger with 209 passing yards distributed to various receivers such as Roberson with 33 yards and (while adding 132 rushing yards), Robinson had 1 catch for 75 yards and a TD, Morris had 2 catches for 68 yards, Timmy Godsil had 1 catch for 8 yards, and Reid Swails had 1 catch for 8 yards. Defensively, the Raiders were led by Zach Feltz with 5 solo tackles, Roberson had 4 tackles, Godsil had 4, Joe Bishop had 3, and Morris also contributed 4 tackles.
The Raiders will travel to Caroll High School next friday for a 7 pm kick off against the Cougars. This will be the Raiders last regular season game before sectionals start next week against Bishop Chatard.