With the 2020 football season in the books, the Cardinal Ritter Raiders now look at the post season awards for their “Pirates of the Pigskin.” The Indiana Crossroads Conference recently announced their All-ICC Team and the Raiders, who sported a 6-3 record and 4-1 in conference good for second overall. Because of their team achievements, 5 Raiders made it to the All-ICC Team.
Aaron “Rhino” Roberts has been a highly touted and recruited lineman this season and played up to the expectations for the year. He was constantly matched up against the opponents best defensive linemen and would impose his will on them. The running game was spectacular because of his leading of the “Beefy Buccaneer Brothers,” and it seemed as if every time a Raider running back got behind him, they were awarded with a huge chunk of yards. On offense, Roberts had 38 pancake blocks in just 9 games. In the passing game, he was able to keep the Cardinal Ritter’s quarterbacks jerseys clean by keeping would be tacklers at bay. On defense, he was a tremendous plug in stopping the run. There is no doubt that more accolades will be following Roberts over the next couple of weeks.
The next player on the list was the Raiders sack master Antwann “20” Dix. Dix has been ruthless to opposing quarterbacks over the course of the last two seasons. Last year he ran wild racking up a school record 20 sacks on the year which was the best in the state and tied for 26th in the entire country. This year, while being double teamed most of the year, he accumulated 12 sacks, good for 8th overall in the state and number 2 in 3A. His 32 overall sacks is also a school record.
Gavin “Captain” Crooke was the youngest member to make the team. His sensational follow up to his rookie year last year was even better. Crooke had a team high 68 tackles (5 for a loss) in just 9 games going along with his anchoring of the team defense at middle linebacker had him on some coaches’ radar as defensive player of the year. On offense, he was second on the team in rushing with 480 yards and 4 touchdowns on 57 carries for an amazing 8.4 yards per carry. He also had 7 catches for 73 yards and a TD.
Justin “Powder Keg” Browder has been a major team player this year, playing multiple positions including quarterback when injuries mounted. He was a player that teams had to key in on because of his versatility on both sides of the ball. On defense, he moved around from safety to cornerback throughout the season, depending on the opposing teams strengths. When asking opposing coaches, who they key on, they all respond that they have to, “keep and eye on number 7.” Browder led the team in passing with 423 yards with 5 touchdowns in the air for a 123.3 QB rating. He was a great dual threat as he as ran the ball for 411 yards and 2 touchdowns for an average of 5.7 yards per carry.
Timmy “The Galloping Ghost” Godsil was the heart and soul of the Raiders this year. His leadership shined through thick and thin and he elevated his teammates play around him. Godsil played most of the year with nagging injuries but never let them effect his play on the field. On defense, he led the team in interceptions and was third on the team in tackles with 50. On offense he was a great blocker in the dominant running game the Raiders showed all year and also would slip through the defense to big up big momentum plays as a receiver.
Great job Raiders!