By: Linsey Waggoner
Pictures By: Lydia Schembre
On Friday night, the Cardinal Ritter Football team took on Greencastle in their second round of sectional play. Having defeated Washington the previous week, the Raiders were ready to beat Greencastle and advance to the Sectional Championship. Right out of the gate, Jack “Rabbit” Henninger found Timmy Godsil for a long pass down the field which Godsil then ran in for a touchdown. Also in the first quarter, Justin “Baller” Browder ran in the ball for another touchdown. Greencastle was not ready yet to give up as they came out in the second quarter and scored a touchdown, making the score 14-6. The Raiders answered with a running touchdown, this time by Ashton “The Round Mound of Touchdown” Hall, and made the score 21-6 at halftime.
There was no such thing as mercy in the second half as Gavin Crooke ran in a touchdown right off the bat in the 3rd quarter, and with a penalty on Greencastle, the Raiders ran in a score up once more. The raiders rounded out the game with another running touchdown from “RMOT” which was answered by Greencastle with a touchdown of their own and made the score 35-13. Ben Valle was crucial for the raiders as he did not miss an extra point kick all game and converted all 5.
The Raiders pounded the Greencastle defense on the ground to the tune of 226 yards on 40 carries spread out among 8 runners. Hall and Crooke bared most of the load with the former rushing for 83 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns and the latter running for 72 yards on 13 carries and 1 touchdown. Also helping with the ground attack were freshman, Dejuan Brown (11 carries for 44 yards), Aiden Robinson (2 carries for 20 yards), and Justin Browder (1 carry for 8 yards and a touchdown). Henninger kept the balance on the offense throwing for 103 yards and a touchdown.
The Raiders had a couple of turnovers during the game, but the hefty defense did not allow Greencastle to take full advantage. The defense was led by sack master Antwann Dix who had 8 tackles and 3 sacks, breaking the single season school record. Also making huge impacts on the defense were Crooke with 6 tackles (1 for a loss), Godsil with (1 for a loss) and Parker Mead with 5 each, and Browder, Chris “The” Knuston”-A-Tor”, Jordan Johnson, Hall (1 tackle for loss) and James Highsaw (1 tackle for a loss) with 4 a piece. Rylan Slay made an impact late in the game as he had a sack to put the proverbial nail in the coffin.
The Raiders will be back in action on Friday at Danville for the Sectional Championship, starting at 7 pm.