Rickards Raiders Roll over Bay Tornadoes, 42-7

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Published on November 11, 2016 with No Comments

The Raiders got off to a familiar start, falling behind early, and after a few mistakes, lit up the scoreboard. The 2016 season for Rickard’s head football coach Quintin Lewis has been one his best; but also frustrating with the slow starts . The 1st quarter last night was no different. Rickard’s opponent, Bay Tornadoes, came out swinging but just didn’t have enough to slow down the high powered  offensive juggernaut of the Raiders.

Bay surprised the Raiders on their first drive when senior quarterback, Samuel Clement hit wideout Damien Stayer over the middle resulting in a 66 yard touchdown; thereby taking an early lead.On the Raiders first play from scrimmage Bay recovers a Destin Coates fumble at midfield. The Tornadoes where unable to capitalize going three and out.   Bay once again forced a Raider turnover picking off an errant pass by Phillips; setting them up at their own 45.

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The Raider defense once again turned the Tornadoes away by forcing a long field goal attempt that came up short.The Raiders finally got on the scoreboard with 8:41 in the second quarter on a 2 yard run by senior running back Jayden Merritt. The 2 point conversion was good .The Raiders took the lead, 8-7, and never looked back. Defensive back Tavyn Jackson began the onslaught with a 76 yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:53 to go in the second quarter. Bay still had some fire left; driving to the raider 25 yard line that ended in a failed 35 yard field goal attempt. Rickards had one more bullet in the chamber before halftime when Phillips found Wooten in the end zone for 9 yard touchdown with 39 seconds before halftime.The Raiders exploded and  blew the game open in the 3rd quarter by scoring three unanswered touchdowns and cruised to a 42-7 victory.

The Raiders will host the winner of the Wakulla/West Florida Tech game Friday.

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