Riverfield defeated by Copiah
The Riverfield Raiders went into last Friday’s game knowing that the non-district tilt against the Copiah Colonels had playoff implications. Both teams may be contending for the same wild card spot in South AA. Despite that knowledge, the Raiders came out flat in the first half, and it cost them dearly, losing 18-15. The loss drops Riverfield to 5-3 on the season.
In the first quarter, the defense of both teams shut down the opposing offense as they battled to a 0-0 tie. Jon Taylor Davis had a key tackle to force a punt by Copiah. The Raider offense threatened once during the quarter when Brad Rogers returned a punt to the 50 yard line. Rogers ripped off a 13 yard run, and Corbin Cater hit Logan Moore for a 19 yard pass. However, the drive stalled as the Raiders ran out of downs at the 18 yard line.
In the second quarter, Copiah’s offense exposed the soft spot in the Raider defense, the secondary, hitting a 75 yard TD pass to go up 6-0. That soft spot would be exploited again on Copiah’s next offensive drive when they completed a 50 yard pass to the 5 yard line. Two plays later, RB Boone punched it in from two yards out. Copiah 12, Riverfield 0.
Riverfield’s offense finally began moving the ball again behind the running of Davis, Cater and Rogers. Facing a 3rd and 12 at the Copiah 26, the offense self-destructed deep in Colonel territory, losing a fumble. The half ended 12-0 in favor of Copiah.
The second half began as badly as the first when Riverfield received the kickoff, but fumbled the first play from scrimmage. Copiah made the Raiders pay for the mistake and scored on a 2 yard run by RB Renfro. Copiah 18, Riverfield 0.
Riverfield finally caught a break when Copiah’s center snapped the ball over the QB’s head, forcing a punt from the Colonel 1 yard line. After the punt and return, Riverfield took over 1st and ten from the 15. Corbin Cater hit Jon Taylor Davis on a 15 yard TD pass. Davis’ PAT was good. Copiah 18, Riverfield 7.
The defense did its job on the next series and forced a punt after a tackle by Joseph Bell. The Raiders took possession at their own 13 yard line and made a tough 87 yard drive. Davis broke runs of 12, 10 and 17 yards behind the good blocking of Bell, Blake Branch, Reid Rockett, Zac Presley and Ryan Wilkerson. As the fourth quarter began, the Raiders kept moving the ball. Brad Rogers raced to a 32 yard score. The two point conversion was good to make the score 18- 15 with 10:14 remaining.
Riverfield’s defense came up big as Jacob Biggs intercepted a pass to give the Raiders the ball at the Colonel 48 yard line. Davis had a big run of 10 yards, but eventually the offense stalled deep in Copiah territory for the third time on the night. Riverfield was stopped short of a first down on a 4th and 3 from the 29.
The Raider defense held Copiah and forced a punt after Davis and Jeffery Jesslink made a big tackle for a 2 yard loss. It looked as if the Raiders would get the ball back for one more shot to win, but a questionable roughing the punter penalty gave the Colonels a new set of downs. Copiah made a first down and that was enough to run the clock out.
Overall, this Riverfield team plays hard each and every week, but came up a little short in this one.
After a rough two game road stretch deep into Mississippi, Raider Stadium and Louisiana referees will be a welcome sight for the team and the fans. The Raiders host Chefield in a non-district matchup for Homecoming. Game time is 7 p.m. at Raider Stadium. Come out and support the team.