Raiders overpower Patriots, 40-18
A homecoming game is all about pretty girls, festivities and, hopefully, a blowout victory over a weaker opponent.
All three were present at Raider Stadium last Friday as Riverfield overpowered the CHEF Patriots 40-18.
The Raiders opened on defense and held the Patriots to zero first downs in the initial quarter. Brad Rogers opened the scoring for Riverfield on a 19-yard touchdown run. Jon Taylor Davis kicked the extra point to post 7 on the scoreboard.
On the second possession, the Raiders moved the ball through the air, with Corbin Cater hitting Dakota Moss on a pass, and later throwing a screen to Rogers, who raced 40 yards to the endzone. Davis’ PAT was good. Riverfield 14, CHEF 0.
In the second quarter, the Raider defense helped out with Will Clay registering a sack to force a punt. As the punter received the snap, Clay and Tripp Morgan tackled him on the Patriot 37 yard line to give Riverfield great field position. Corbin Cater then hit Jon Taylor Davis on a 15 yard gain. Later, Cater took it in from 3 yards out. The extra point was no good. Riverfield 20, CHEF 0.
The defense held the Patriots to another three and out behind tackles by Logan Moore, Davis and Patrick Johnson. Riverfield took over in Patriot territory and quickly scored yet another TD. Brad Rogers, working behind the offensive line of Joseph Bell, Reid Rockett, Blake Branch, Zac Presley and Ryan Wilkerson, ripped off runs of 29 yards and a scoring dash of 18 yards. Raiders 26, Patriots 0.
Before halftime, CHEF mounted its only offensive drive of the first two quarters, scoring on a 1 yard TD by Stevie Douglas. The Patriots quickly scored again when the Raiders got greedy and passed rather than running the clock out, resulting in a 50 yard interception for a TD by Renell Hammond to make the score 26-12.
That was as close as it would get.
Riverfield opened with the ball in the third quarter and quickly scored again. Jon Taylor Davis broke a 13 yard gain, followed by a 30 yard pick up by Rogers. Davis bulled his way into the endzone from ten yards out to make it 33-12. The defense forced a punt after
a key tackle by Logan Cantu. The Raider offense continued moving the ball with its second unit in the game. Colton Franklin, Cole Mills and Patrick Cencer made nice runs to get the ball into scoring position. Cencer scored from one yard to push the score to 40-12 in the third quarter. Later in the 4th , the Patriots scored against the younger Raiders when Felix Bush rushed for a 15 yard TD.
Overall, it was a nice game for the Raiders to celebrate homecoming and get back in the win column. The victory gives Riverfield a 6-3 record overall and 2-1 in District 3AA.
Friday, the Raiders host the Trinity Academy Saints from Natchez in a game that will determine the district championship. Trinity is undefeated and ranked first in Class AA. However, the Raiders are capable of beating anyone they’ve faced this year, including Trinity, and this looks to be a great game.
Come out and support the Raiders in a critical game for them to make the playoffs. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday at Raider Stadium.