Boys Varsity Football · Football Wins Big; Keeps Westside Super Bowl Trophy

By Linsey Waggoner

Pictures By: Lydia Schembre and Denise Kelly

After a hard fought game last week, the Cardinal Ritter Football Team bounced back and pulled out an amazing win on Friday night against west side rival, the Speedway Sparkplugs. The slow start in the first quarter had some fans a little nervous; but after an inspiring balloon release by the student section, the football team started to feel the energy and kicked it into gear. Coming out in the second quarter, Jack “Rabbit” Henninger threw a dime pass to Aiden Robinson who then caught the ball to score the Raider’s first touchdown of the evening. The Raider defense held the Plugs from moving the ball down the field and KJ Majors had an interception with 4 minutes left to go in the 2nd quarter to put the Raider offense back into action. 

The second half brought more touchdowns for the Raiders and more good times flowing from the student section and parents in the crowd. At the start of the 3rd quarter, the chemistry between Robinson and Henninger led Cardinal Ritter to a second touchdown as Robinson caught a pass from Henninger in the endzone. Nearing the end of the 3rd quarter, the student section was playing “Sweet Caroline” and singing along when “Two Step” Timmy Godsil caught a touchdown pass from Henninger just as the beat dropped in the song. This sent the momentum of the raiders soaring into the 4th quarter to take the spark out of the Plugs. 

Things were looking hopeful for Speedway until Chris “The” Knutson”-A-Tor” had a muffed punt recovery to put the Raiders at the nine yard line in Spark Plug territory. “The Round Mound Of Touchdown,” Ashton Hall had no problem running in the ball to get the Raiders 4th touchdown of the evening and finish the Spark Plugs off.

With a final score of 28-0, the students in the bleachers rushed the field at the final buzzer to celebrate the Westside Superbowl trophy remaining at Cardinal Ritter for the 4th year in a row. “Trophy stays” was the mantra of the night as this win was a huge morale boost for the Raiders going into next week’s home game against Lapel. 

Henninger bounced back after a couple of rough starts to throw for 252 yards on 14 for 19 passing.  He also added 3 touchdowns all to his favorite target of the night Robinson who ended with 6 catches for 104 yards.  Gavin Crooke 1 ball for a momentum swinging 48 yards.  Justin Browder had 2 catches for 36 yards, Brayden Pagel had 2 catches for 35 yards and Godsil, Knutson and Hall each hauled in a pass for 22, 11 and 13 yards respectively.

Hall was a beast with the ball in his hands rushing for 74 yards on 12 carries for a 6.2 average and a touchdown.  Browder was a significant piece of the running game with 61 yards on 10 carries and Crooke added 42 yards on 4 carries for a 10.5 yard average.

The defense was outstanding again coming away with the first shutout of the season.  Leading the defense was Crooke with 12 total tackles 8 being solo.  Majors had arguably the best game of his career with 7 solo tackles and an interception.  Godsil, Antwann Dix and “Master P” Parker Mead all added 6 tackles. Austin Sultzer showed his prowess adding 5 tackles.

The Raiders are back in action Friday at home against Lapel.  Come out and support your Raiders!