Riverfield stomps Spartans

Last Friday, the Riverfield Raiders won their third game of the season and smashed the Prairie View Spartans, 32 to 8. The win gave Riverfield its first district win, bringing them to a 1-1 record in District 3AA, and an overall record of 3-1.

The 2008 Raiders have opened slowly in each game. It was no different against Prairie View. After the opening kick-off, Prairie View received the ball, and on the first play from scrimmage, Will Clay recovered a Spartan fumble. On the very next play, Riverfield’s Corbin Cater threw an interception, giving the ball right back. Spartan quarterback Allen Spires broke a 50 yard run, and then went around the right end for a 7 yard touchdown run. Spires also made good on the 2 point conversion. Prairie View 8, Riverfield 0. After that initial touchdown, the Raider defense completely dominated Prairie View for the remainder of the game.

On the next series, Riverfield began a drive from its own 27 yard line. Riverfield faced a 4th and 2, when fullback Jon Taylor Davis bulldozed his way for a first down. A few plays later, Brad Rogers sprinted around the left end, for a 35 yard touchdown run. Davis was good on the extra point, which made the score Prairie View 8, Riverfield 7.

Riverfield’s defense forced a three and out, with key tackles by Patrick Johnson, Davis and Chase Cater. Logan Moore fielded a punt for the Raiders, and returned it 30 yards. Quarterback Corbin Cater completed a 27 yard pass to Jon Taylor Davis to move the ball near the goal line. Brad Rodgers took it in from two yards out, but the extra point was no good. Riverfield 13, Prairie View 8.

Riverfield defense continued to make big plays. Just before half-time, Jacob Biggs intercepted a Spartan pass and returned to 25 yards to the Prairie View 17 yard line. Corbin Cater then found Logan Moore on a 17 yard touchdown pass. The extra point failed, and Riverfield went into half-time leading 19 to 8.

In the third quarter, Riverfield began methodically moving the ball down the field behind the running of Rogers and Davis. The offensive line of Joseph Bell, Ryan Wilkerson, Reid Rockett, Blake Branch and Zac Presley provided the holes for the runningbacks. Rogers took the ball in from 4 yards out for his third touchdown run of the game. Only a few plays later, Rogers recovered a Spartan fumble and returned it five yards for his 4th touchdown of the night. The extra point was no good, making the score Riverfield 32, Prairie View 8.

From that point on, Riverfield began letting some of the younger players get a taste of it. Cole Mills made some good runs in the backfield for the Raiders. On defense, Colton Franklin also made a 10 yard sack late in the ball game.

After the early mistakes, Riverfield settled down and played its standard game of hard- nosed football. Brad Rogers had another great game for the Raiders on offense, breaking 3 touchdown runs, and scoring a fourth one on a fumble recovery.

This Friday, Riverfield will host the Canton Academy Panthers, at Raider Stadium. The game time is 7 p.m. Please come out and support the Raiders.

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