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BANTAM – SEPTEMBER 1, 2012

 

EASTMAN RAIDERS VS TRANSCONA NATIONALS  FINAL SCORE RAIDERS 28-NATIONALS 26 

 

A 45 yard Eastman punt to pin the Nationals on their one yard line set up a first quarter safety that would be the difference in a tightly contested match-up.

An early start on a cool Saturday morning clearly favoured the defences with both teams offences making multiple trips to the redzone, only to be stopped by their counterparts. The two defensive Eastman points would be the only scoring in the first half until the Raiders split the uprights from 26 yards. The three pointer from the right hash mark put the Raiders up 5-0 with 9 seconds left in half.

It looked like Eastman would go into the half with the lead but the Nationals only needed two throwing plays from their 35 yard line to go up 6-5.

Transcona opened the second half scoring with a touchdown run but Eastman answered right back on the ensuing kickoff with a Patrick Maendal 75 yard return for a TD. A 36 yard pass to Maendel put the Teal and Black on top in third. With the score 20-19 favoring the Nationals in the fourth, the Raiders were only able to march the ball down to the 36 yard line. A blocked third down punt found its way back into punter Tyler Neufeld hands and he ran for first down, keeping the drive alive. Shaken up on the play, Neufeld left the game and back-up Reegan Penner took his spot under centre. Penner wasted no time in getting his team a score, pitching it to Maendal for the touchdown run.

Transcona was able to come back to lead 26-25 with 3:03 left in the game. An Eastman 11 yard field goal with just over a minute left and a pass knockdwn from the defensive line would seal the win for the Raiders.

GAME STATS SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2012 VS TRANSCONA NATIONALS

 

OFFENSE
Passing
Comp Att Pct Int Yds Avg Long Rate TD XP 1/2
3 12 .250 1 48 4.0 36 69.4 1 0/0
Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg Long TD XP 1/2 Rec Yds Avg Long TD XP 1/2
41 284 6.9 19 1 0/0 3 48 4.0 36 1 0/0
Fumble Scoring
Fum Lost Pts TD XP 1 XP 2 FG Sfty
0 0 19 2 1 0 2 1
DEFENSE
Tackle Tackle For Loss Sack Misc. Defense
Solo Ast Solo Ast Yds Sfty Solo Ast Yds Sfty PBk QbH
18 10 3 0 11 0 1 0 5 1 4 2
Interception Fumble
Int Yds Long TD XP 1/2 Fcd Rec Yds Long TD XP 1/2
1 0 0 0 0/0 1 4 5 5 0 0/0
Blocked Kick
BlkPnt BlkFG BlkXP RcvPnt RcvFG RcvXP Yds Long TD XP 1/2
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
SPECIAL TEAMS
Punt Punt Return
Att Yds Avg Long In20 Blk Att Yds Avg Long TD FC
5 127 25.4 45 1 1 1 15 15.0 15 0 0
Kickoff Kickoff Return
Att Yds Avg Long TB OB OSK Att Yds Avg Long TD
4 81 20.2 35 0 1 1 4 156 39.0 75 1
Field Goal
FGM FGA Pct Long Blk 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
2 4 .500 26 0 1-2 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-0
Extra Point
XPM XPA Pct Blk
1 3 .333 0

 

 

Eastman Raiders VS St Vital Mustangs   FINAL SCORE   St Vital 24 – Raiders 14 

For three quarters, the Eastman Raiders went toe to toe with the unbeaten St Vital Mustangs but were unable to find a solution to a powerful run game. A couple of impressive connections in the air for touchdowns would not be enough to match St Vitals three scores on the ground.

The Broncos opened the scoring after a sustained drive that took most of the first quarter. The Raiders defence played tough, keeping contain for most of the game, forcing St Vital to run between the hashmarks. Despite losing possession on a short kick-off and a pass interference penalty on third and long, the Raiders were able to hold the Broncos to just one score in the first half.

The Eastman ground game, so powerful in their first outing of the season against the Nomads (432 yards), was held in check again this week (79 yards). With 3.3 seconds left in the first half, the Raiders were able to get some tracktion in the air. The 26 yard Neufeld-Maendal connection tied the game going into the break.

In the second half, the Raiders struck first with Maendal hauling in a Neufeld thrown ball in traffic and then running it 56 yards for the touchdown. With the score 14-8, Eastman looked to their defence to stop the St Vital run. The biggest hit of the game came in the third with Raiders linebacker James Sonnichson meeting the Mustang ball carrier in the hole at the line of scrimmage.  But, after being on the field for much of the game, the Mustangs almost exclusively run offence would prove to be too much for the Raiders defence.

The Raiders will reset and prepare for next Saturday’s match against the Transcona Nationals Maroon.

 

 

Midget Week 2, Saturday August 18th

The Raiders Midget team went into Week 2 coming off a 34-22 victory in their season opener against Pembina Valley.  The Raiders were on the road in Transcona on Saturday, taking on the Nationals (0-1) in their home opener.  A series of mis-cues led to the Nationals taking over the ball inside the Raiders 10 yard line, with the defense coming a yard away from holding the Nationals to a 3 and out.  The Nationals would lead 7-0 until the Raiders QB Greg Plett (#4) would hook up deep with WR Patrick Bissonnette (#1) for the first TD of the game.  The Raiders went for 2 to try and take the lead but mishandled the snap.  The Nationals took a 7-6 lead into half-time.  In the 3rd quarter the Nationals took advantage of a mistake in coverage which led to their 2nd touchdown, and gave them a 14-6 lead in the 3rd.  The Raiders offense for the 2nd week in a row found themselves in a situation where they needed to find a response, and once again they responded.  Mid-way through the 3rd quarter Greg Plett once again found Patrick Bissonnette deep behind coverage and connected with another deep ball for the Raiders 2nd TD, the Raiders would miss the 2 point conversion to tie it up, and trailed 14-12 going into the 4th quarter.  The Raiders continued their comeback in the 4th, once again Greg Plett would find Patrick Bissonnette, this time only a 10 yard pass, but Bissonnette broke a tackle and out-ran several Transcona defenders turning a 10 yard pass into a 55 yard TD pass to take the lead 19-14.  The Raiders defense which had held strong all day forced their first turnover with a tipped pass being intercepted by Raiders Safety Austin Ridge (#24).  The Raiders would take advantage and Greg Plett continued his big day passing, this time finding WR Shante Murdock (#81) also deep behind coverage, connecting on a 50 yard TD strike to extend the lead to 26-14.  Down by two scores the Nationals were forced to go to the air and the Raiders capitalized as Raiders CB Brett Lussier (#38) would make back-to-back interceptions in the final minutes of the 4th quarter to eliminate any chance of a Nationals comeback.  The Raiders would hold the 26-14 lead for the win.  Raiders QB Greg Plett finished the game with 320 yards passing and 4 touchdowns, Patrick Bissonnette had 175 yards receiving and 3 TD catches, Shante Murdock had 120 yards receiving with one TD.  While the Raiders running backs were not involved in the scoring, they did contribute for over 100 yards along the ground.  Austin Cateller, the MFLM’s rushing leader after Week 1, added another 71 yards on 10 carries, FB Marc Kirouac added 36 yards on 7 carries, and Zack Hazlehurst added 31 yards on 3 carries.  Defensively Brett Lussier had 2 interceptions, Austin Ridge had 1 interception, and defensive lineman Ian O’Connor led the defense in tackles with 10 total tackles.

The Raiders (2-0) continue their string of road games next week as the team travels to Stonewall, MB to take on the Interlake Thunder (1-1), kickoff is at 12:30 pm.

Bantam August 18, 2012

Eastman Raiders Bantam vs Charleswood Broncos Bantam

The previously powerful run game of the Raiders was stymied by a tough Broncos defensive front as Eastman dropped to 1-1 on the season following a 48-16 loss to Charleswood.

In their week one start against the Nomads, the Raiders were able to rack up 432 yards on the ground. Against a much stiffer Broncos defence, the early dominant running of Tyler Neufeld, Patrick Maendel and TJ Will was held to a very quiet 89 yards.

The bright spots in the losing effort for Eastman were some well executed pass plays and some forced fumbles in a fairly solid defensive outing by the Raiders. The majority of the Charleswood points would come from big plays. An 80 yard  touchdown romp with 6:27 left in the first half by Broncos number 20 and an interception returned for a touchdown deep into the third quarter put the game out of reach for the Teal and Black.

The Broncos opened the scoring with a long run down the sideline for a touchdown. The Raiders answered back in the next couple drives after Tyler Wiebe energized the crowd with a 20 yard punt return setting up a 40 yard touchdown pass to Roch Tetrault. The score would remain 8-6 in favour of the Raiders for much of the first half as the defensive units for both teams tightened up. A couple fumble recoveries by Eastman would give the team hope as the game progressed but the Charleswood defence would prove to be too much for the Raiders offence to break through.

GAME STATS • Eastman Raiders
Broncos 48
Raiders 16
18 August, 2012
OFFENSE
Passing
Comp Att Pct Int Yds Avg Long Rate TD XP 1/2
4 7 .571 2 74 10.6 40 135.9 1 0/0
Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg Long TD XP 1/2 Rec Yds Avg Long TD XP 1/2
28 89 3.2 44 1 0/0 4 74 18.5 40 1 0/0
Fumble Scoring
Fum Lost Pts TD XP 1 XP 2 FG Sfty
1 0 14 2 2 0 0 0
DEFENSE
Tackle Tackle For Loss Sack Misc. Defense
Solo Ast Solo Ast Yds Sfty Solo Ast Yds Sfty PBk QbH
12 16 2 1 16 0 0 1 7 0 2 3
Interception Fumble
Int Yds Long TD XP 1/2 Fcd Rec Yds Long TD XP 1/2
0 0 0 0 0/0 0 2 7 5 0 0/0
Blocked Kick
BlkPnt BlkFG BlkXP RcvPnt RcvFG RcvXP Yds Long TD XP 1/2
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
SPECIAL TEAMS
Punt Punt Return
Att Yds Avg Long In20 Blk Att Yds Avg Long TD FC
7 182 26.0 34 0 0 4 30 7.5 19 0 0
Kickoff Kickoff Return
Att Yds Avg Long TB OB OSK Att Yds Avg Long TD
3 91 30.3 31 0 0 0 7 75 10.7 19 0
Field Goal
FGM FGA Pct Long Blk 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Extra Point
XPM XPA Pct Blk
2 2 1.000 0

Bantam August 11, 2012

Eastman Raiders Bantam 30 – Nomads 14

An 83 yard touchdown run by TJ Will cemented a 30-14 victory for the Eastman Raiders as the 2012 football season began on a beautiful summer Saturday morning at AD Penner park.

Crisp white lines on lush new grass and a brand new scoreboard welcomed fans to the Raiders home opener. The Eastman team looked ready and eager and the defense was able to come up big on the Nomads first drive, forcing a fumble recovered by defensive standout, Graham Cruise. Cruise would go on to intercept an errant Nomads throw with 32 seconds left in the second quarter. The Raiders were unable to convert though on the turnover on the last play of the half.

The Nomads scored first with a long run outside with Eastman answering back within minutes as Patrick Maendel exploded through the defense on a 50 yard touchdown run. Then, with 7:21 left in the half, quarterback Tyler Neufeld called his own number for a 3 yard TD.

The Nomads came back at the Raiders but were shut down by the massive form of Cyrus O’Connor as he wrapped up the ball carrier for a loss on third and one.

Despite a blocked punt by the Nomads, the Eastman Raiders would remain up 18-6 at the half.

Sloppy offensive play, turnovers and penalties defined both teams play to start the second half. The Raiders defense were able to hold as the Nomads were pushing into Eastman territory at the start of the fourth quarter. Then with 7:53 left in the game, the Teal and Black came up big recovering a Nomads fumble.

The 83 yard TJ Will romp and a last minute 17 yard touchdown by Patrick Maendal would seal the win for a very amped up Eastman Raiders team.

GAME STATS • Eastman Raiders
Nomads 14
Bantam 30
11 August, 2012
OFFENSE
Passing
Comp Att Pct Int Yds Avg Long Rate TD XP 1/2
5 6 .833 0 61 10.2 20 168.7 0 0/0
Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg Long TD XP 1/2 Rec Yds Avg Long TD XP 1/2
35 432 12.3 83 5 0/0 5 61 12.2 20 0 0/0
Fumble Scoring
Fum Lost Pts TD XP 1 XP 2 FG Sfty
6 4 30 5 0 0 0 0
DEFENSE
Tackle Tackle For Loss Sack Misc. Defense
Solo Ast Solo Ast Yds Sfty Solo Ast Yds Sfty PBk QbH
9 21 2 0 13 0 1 1 12 0 11 3
Interception Fumble
Int Yds Long TD XP 1/2 Fcd Rec Yds Long TD XP 1/2
1 15 15 0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0/0
Blocked Kick
BlkPnt BlkFG BlkXP RcvPnt RcvFG RcvXP Yds Long TD XP 1/2
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
SPECIAL TEAMS
Punt Punt Return
Att Yds Avg Long In20 Blk Att Yds Avg Long TD FC
5 73 14.6 35 0 2 3 48 16.0 24 0 0
Kickoff Kickoff Return
Att Yds Avg Long TB OB OSK Att Yds Avg Long TD
6 184 30.7 40 0 0 0 3 4 1.3 3 0
Field Goal
FGM FGA Pct Long Blk 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Extra Point
XPM XPA Pct Blk
0 5 .000 0

Saturday August 11, 2012

First Half

The very first play of the game resulted in a touchdown for Raiders as #86 Tyson received the kickoff and ran 60 yards. Raiders were unsuccessful at the convert.  Mustangs #30 got the touchdown on the next play, and were unsuccessful as well at the convert.

Raiders with possession of  the ball saw #12 Dylan run 20 yards before being tackled. #80 Gavin received the handoff and carried the ball another 20 yards. Next play saw #7 Kazden with some pretty sweet moves that brought him just shy of the end zone.  Raiders Touchdown scored by #80 Gavin. Successful convert received by #7 Kazden.

Kick off by #86 received by Mustangs, Mustangs lose yards as Raiders #12 Dylan with a great tackle.  First down by Mustangs resulted in a great tackle from Raiders #7 Kazden. Great defensive play by the Raiders, gave Mustangs their 3rd down at the 20 yard line.  Mustangs #40 ran 60 yards for the touchdown. Unsuccessful at the convert.

#80 Gavin received the kickoff from the Mustangs and ran 10 yards before being tackled.

Half Time

Second Half

Touchdown Mustangs #40 who ran 40 yards. Failed convert.

Kickoff received by Raiders #7 Kazden who was tackled at the 30yard line.

Hand off to #23 Bauer intercepted by Mustangs player #83.  Tough defence by Mustangs. 3rd down for Raiders.

TOUCHDOWN Raiders #86 Tyson who ran 60 yards. Failed convert as MUstangs #86 tackled #99 Jonah of the Raiders just short of the end zone.

#40 ran length of the field for Mustang Touchdown. Unsuccessful pass resulted in a failed convert for Mustangs.

Kickoff Mustangs received by #29 Khanya who was tackled at the 30yard line.  #10 Caleb of the Raiders fumbled the ball, Mustangs intercepted, possession Mustangs. #40 scores another Touchdown for Mustangs.

#99 Jonah recovers fumble by the mustangs. Kickoff from Mustangs received by #51 Christian, who gets immediately tackled by ALL of the mustang defensive line.

#23 Bauer takes the hand off from #80 Gavin and runs 40 yards before being tackled. Unsuccessful handoff to #29 Khanya for the final play of the game.

Saturday August 11,2012

EASTMAN RAIDERS 52 CRESCENTWOOD GRIZZLIES 12

It was a pretty breezy day and young #81 Tyson B. came up to me before the game and said that his goal was to get a touchdown in his first game playing offence in Atom football. Well, he did that and more. In fact, his first run was a 40 yarder for a touchdown. (6-0 Raiders) That got the ball rolling in the right direction and here we go. #8 Parker had a big tackle on their kick return and #82 Taran stopped them solid on the line of scrimmage. #22 Logan had a solid catch on the kick and returned it well. #2 Marianna pitched in with a fast 1st down run. #81 TB recovered a fumble and gave us the ball back. #40 Paxton got some serious speed going and fired the butt crack play right up the middle and followed that with some great blocking to get #10 Mason over the 1st down marker. The ball went back to the Grizzlies until #8 Parker forced another fumble and recovered it – to which you could hear Coach Lepp with a resounding, “See how he was HUNGRY FOR THE BALL?!?!?!?!?” We were hungry for more touchdowns — and #81 TB got his second touchdown on the day with some key blocks by #10 Mason. On the convert kick, the snap went a little low, #15 Tyson K. had a great pick up and pin to help #10 Mason kick it through the uprights for a big 2 point conversion (14-6 Raiders)

They got the ball back but were stopped with a huge solo tackle up the left side by #64 Kade Lepp. #6 Anthony stopped the quarterback in his tracks and #8 Parker followed that right up with a hug tackle to turnover the ball on downs. Our offence was on again. #10 Mason took the ball 65 yards for a touchdown (20-6 Raiders) — thanks to some HUGE blocking by our offensive line — protecting our quarterback and our handoffs all game long! #10 nailed the kick through the uprights for 2 more points. (22-6 Raiders). On the kick off, #15 Tyson K. had an amazing shoe string tackle to stop their return, and if I remember correctly the Grizzly was slow to get up. Next #82 Taran took a turn at a fantastic low tackle and then, #8 Parker hunted another Grizzly down for a tackle. Great defence boys – so much fun to watch!! But wait, the defence wasn’t finished yet — #31 Caleb pursued the quarterback and #64 Kade finished off the tackle for a huge turnover on downs.

Offence came in ready to go. #22 Logan had a super block to help his brother, #10 Mason a 35 yard run a big first down. The work of #71 Caleb, #91 Jayden and #33 Zach did not go unnoticed as our quarterbacks remained untouched the entire game!! #3 Nyk, great run on the reverse play and then, TB and TK put on an acting display as they sold both teams on the fake and #15 Tyson K. just waltzed into the end zone for 6 more points. (28-6 Raiders) TB added a nother touch down run, slid out of a few tackles and it was 34-6, just like that! #17 Kyler got his best hit of the game in just before the 1st half ended and #4 Matthew saved the score with a solid tackle to stop what could have been a huge run!!

The 2nd half continued much like the 1st – especially after Coach Marlin reminded us all that the first half means nothing if you don’t play just as hard in the second!! The boys listened and went out there like it was 0-0. Tackles by #64 Kade and #17 Kyler and then a fumble recovery by #8 Parker got the 2nd half rolling in our direction!! A MASSIVE stand on defense to turn the ball over on downs and we were headed to their end zone again. #15 Tyson K. completed a 10 yard pass to #40 Paxton and after that first down, #10 Mason was “gone” as he ran 90 yards for the touchdown. (40-6 Raiders). A big tackle by #3 Nyk came next, and with great pressure, #8 Parker got himself ANOTHER fumble recovery. Offence came back on the field and #81 TB had a great 60 yard run for a touchdown and not too long after that #10 had an amazing run – with changes of direction, twists and turns, slipping out of tackles – all for a 45 yard gain when we really needed it! (46-12 Raiders). A great snap by #33 Zach – right to #81 TB to add another 6 to the score (52-12) and the game was just about over… but not until #6 Anthony had a strong tackle up the middle to force a third down for them, #31 Caleb tackled to deflect their player in #6 Anthony’s path and #71 Caleb P. had a great push at the end to clear the way for a run up the butt crack by #40 Paxton.

Congratulations boys!!

Let’s keep working hard every day so that we can see results like that more and more often!! Well done!!

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2 – ATOM RAIDERS VS. FT GARRY

Eastman Raiders Teal Defeat the Lions  36-6

The game started off well with an early sac from Isaac Dokken #87. Riley Karlenzig #54 pushed hard for a first down and the drive was completed by Avery Penner #5, creating an early lead for the Raiders.

Later in the same quarter, Tristan Neiman #58 stopped a potential touchdown just before the end zone. #98 Payton Esau sacked the Fort Garry quarter back, while Corbin Azure #48 stopped the next touchdown attempt. Fort Garry’s drive was cut short by number #87 Isaac Dokken sacking the quarter back and the offense retook the field. Shortly after, Isaac Dokken #87 made a spectacular 70 yard run for a touchdown. The conversion failed.

Finishing off the quarter were sacks from both #87 Issac Dokken and #27 Kelbyn Doerksen , and a 30 yard run by Avery Penner #5 before he was brought down.

In the beginning of the second quarter, #98 Payton Esau dove deep into enemy territory and found a hole to score a quick touchdown. The convert failed.

The defense then put up a noble effort, but was out manoeuvred by Fort Garry who managed to score. Raiders intercepted the convert attempt robbing them of the extra point.

The offense fumbled the ball in the second quarter and Fort Garry grabbed it and ran, but the ball was called back because of a horse collar penalty.

Zachary Howe #21 made an excellent tackle takedown after a Fort Garry toss, and Kelbyn Doerksen #27 was not faked by a double reverse, making the tackle while almost everyone else was on the other side of the field. A sack by Isaac Dokken ended yet another drive short for the Fort Garry.

The half ended with an excellent long distance run by Sawyer Thiessen #9.

The third quarter saw an early Raider fumble with Fort Garry returning the ball all the way to the end zone. It was called back, however, due to a Holding call.

Later, Sawyer Thiessen #9 found a huge hole after a deceptive fake by Raider offense, allowing him to run in for a touchdown. This time the ball was run in for the extra point.

With one second left in the quarter, Isaac Dokken #87 ran the ball in yet again. The point after attempt failed.

In the fourth quarter, Kelbyn Doerksen #27 broke through Fort Garry’s front line and made a huge knock down of the ball carrier, epitomizing the excellent defense shown on the field by the Raiders.
The winning touchdown of the game first saw Avery Penner #5 running the ball near the end zone. With the addition of extra yards from a Fort Garry Horse collar penalty, Sawyer Thiessen #9 was able to run the ball in. There was no extra point.

Defense managed to hold off the Fort Garry offense after a small breakaway, forcing a turnover.

RAIDERS THEN RAN OUT THE CLOCK TO CONTINUE THEIR PERFECT SEASON !!

 

Eastman Atom Raiders Teal 33 vs. St. James Rods 0

Sunday proved to be a great day for football; definitely not too hot, a slight drizzle to make it a true football experience, but a comfortable day for fans to enjoy the season home opener.  Although our boys were nervous for their first game….they came out ready and willing to play hard.

The game began with a bang!!!  Isaac Dokken had a fantastic fumble recovery on the opening kick-off, putting us in great field position for our first drive of the game.  On 3rd down, Sawyer Thiessen ran for 14 yards to gain a first down, setting the team up for the next play – a 30 yard touchdown run by Avery Penner.  And we were on the scoreboard.  (And a beautiful scoreboard that is!!!)

The first quarter saw our powerhouse defense shut down the Rods.  Isaac Dokken  and Payton Esau led the defense and were forces to be reckoned with…continually forcing 3 and outs and providing our offense with great field position.  Riley Karlenzig had an amazing 40 yard run to score our second touchdown, with Sawyer Thiessen providing the convert.  Payton Esau recovered the kickoff, setting up our offense to score our third touchdown of the quarter.  Avery Penner fought off many defenders and “pinballed” to gain 33 yards.  Jayden Martens then ran the ball into the end zone.  Payton Esau stiff armed his way to make the convert, making the score 20 – 0 after the first quarter.

Our defense continued to smother the Rods during the second quarter, with Kelbyn Doerksen, Nathan Edwards-Schure and Tristan Neiman all making great tackles to keep the Rods out of their red zone.  Our offensive line continued to provide a great “wall” of blocking, with Zachary Howe snapping the ball consistently.  This enabled our offense to score yet another touchdown – Anthony Flaming had a great 15 yard run on second down to set up Sawyer Thiessen for an 8 yard quarter sneak into the end zone.  Sawyer Thiessen completed the convert pass to Jayden Martens, making the score 27 to 0 at half time.

The Rods regrouped after the half, and their defense made it more difficult for our offense to score in the third quarter.  Our defense continued their great tackling to keep the Rods off the scoreboard.  One last touchdown was scored in the 4th quarter by Isaac Dokken’s 28 yard run.

What a great start to the season, boys!  A pleasure to watch you all working so hard!

Sunday Raiders vs. Cornhuskers

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Eastman Raiders                        34
Pembina Valley Cornhuskers   22

The Raiders Midget team travelled south to Winkler, MB to open their 2012 season on the road against the Pembina Valley Cornhuskers.  With high expectations the Raiders were looking to start the season off with a solid win, while the Cornhuskers kicked off their 3rd season in the MFLM still in search of their first win in club history.  The Raiders stumbled out of the gate early which eventually gave way to an early 8-0 Cornhuskers lead in the first quarter.  The Raiders were able to get things back on track going into the 2nd quarter and a 48 yard TD strike from Raiders QB Greg Plett (#4) to WR Patrick Bissonnette (#1) helped spark the offense as the Raiders stormed back with 22 un-answered points in the 2nd quarter with TD’s from RB Austin Catellier (#30) and FB Marc Kirouac (#29).  The Cornhuskers were able to put up a last second TD with only seconds left in the 2nd, making the score 22-13 at half time.  Miscues again victimized the Raiders to start the 3rd quarter, and an early turnover eventually gave way to a third Cornhuskers TD as they pulled within 2 points making the score 22-20.  A conceeded safety and a 30 yard field goal from Raiders kicker Leo Sawatzky (#3) gave the Raiders a 27-20 lead going into the 4th and final quarter.  The Raiders ground game was able to grind away at the Cornhuskers defense, and eventually Raiders FB Marc Kirouac (#29) would score his second TD of the game on a 14 yard run to give the Raiders a two score lead, 34-20.  With time running out and the Cornhuskers options on offense narrowing, the Raiders turned up the heat with their pass rush, resulting in a handful of sacks that would keep the Cornhuskers offense from mounting any comeback.  The Raiders would conceed a safety late in the 4th but that was the only scoring the Cornhuskers would get as the Raiders took their first victory on the road 34-22.  Next weekend the Raiders (1-0) travel to Winnipeg to take on the Transcona Nationals (0-1), the game kicks off at 12:30 pm.

Sunday Raiders vs. Fort Garry Lions

Likely the hottest game that we will have to play this year, but the boys kept going!  #7, Cazden Harder, started off the game with a fantastic tackle.  What a strong start!  Then 4 guys joined forces to bring down Fort Garry’s #3. What great team work!  Still int he first half, #12, Dylan Witty took a big hit and had to get help off of the field.  Just a bit of time, and he was back in the game though.  #51, Christian Laur threw a super block inthe end of the first half; that’s what I’ m taking about!

#51, Christian, was now on his game, so he started out the second half with some great cover at kick off.  The team was really starting to mesh now, having figured out both some offense as well as some defense, adn now putting it all together.  The last play of the game was afantastic way to end, on a very positive note, with #7, Cazden Harder making a great run through a bunch of Lions, gaining us 10 yards, and a feeling of victory and excitement as we enter the season.

Sunday Raiders vs. Nationals Gray

Our second go at this game looked a little different, as offense stepped up this time.  #12, Dylan Witty powered through a block and had a great first run!  Then again, he gained 25 yards as he rant he ball once more!  #29, Khanya Magonya joined in fun, as he broke through a block to get a first down!  And then…..our team’s first touch down of the season was run in by # 12, Dylan Witty!!  What excitement!  Our first half finfished off with #25 – Damon Gillings wrapping up a Nationals player and taking him down!

Second half started off with a couple of boys, #7Cazden Harder and Bauer Kasdorf, jumping into their defensive postions and each getting in a great tackle.  Then it turned around and #7, Cazden Harder had a great run.  #86, Tyson Anderson, got ahold of that ball in ran it over the line for the second touch down of the season!

Saturday Raiders vs. Nationals Maroon

Every boy on this team is a first year player this year, so we didn’t know what to expect.  All in all, this game was about defense for the Raiders Terminator’s first game ever!

The game began with #12, Dylan Witty, and #1, Mikka Lambert, each throwing a few great tackles.  #86, Tyson Anderson, was on fire as he took down Nationals’ #47.

#25, Damon Gillings, started off the second half as he pounced on the ball off of the Nationals’ kick.  #29, Khanya Magonya stepped in to push them back and gain an extra yard.

A great performance on defense, for sure!  A great first game by the Eastman Raiders terminator blak team!

Momentum Fundraising Winners!

1st- Danic Smith(terminator) – Wins $100 Cash
2nd- Brody Champagne(terminator) – Wins $75 Cash
3rd- A tie between Joel Tetrault(terminator) and Aiden Brinole(atom) $50 cash
Each player that sold 20 Boxes also gets an Eastman Raider Replica Mini Helmet

First Week of League Games August 11 & August 12 See schedules

Atom ROCK the Transcona Tournament – July 28-29, 2012.

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Who would have thought? Only a few practices and so little time and still, a group of young boys could come together and be such a great team? I’m not sure ANY of us knew how hard you would work or how well you would do!! What a display of defense, only allowing 1 touchdown in an ENTIRE tournament and the offense – making it work and working HARD!! So proud of you guys and SOOOO excited about the season to come. So, we started the season that well? There HAD to be a write-up to accompany this performance. Here are the game highlights: (please excuse me if the scores are slightly off – being trainer AND post-games “note taker” may have caused me to miss a few things)

GAME #1: EASTMAN BEATS NOMADS WEST: 33-6.

The first game started out with the younger of the two Kraus boys getting things done from the quarterback position. Logan Kraus (#22) flew over the line for a touchdown and Mason Kraus (#10) finished that up with a run in for the convert. Tyson Koop (#15) took over as quarterback and had a massive run for a touchdown.  Defense was up next and Anthony (#6) stopped them with a huge tackle up the middle. First year player, Kade Lepp (#64) didn’t look like a rookie at all as he contained their next runner like a PRO, pushed right into the devastating path of Parker Rempel (#8) who had a crunching tackle to finish their drive.

Back to offense and Mason Kraus (#10) took off for another touchdown, thanks to a key block by Paxton Koop (#40) to clear his path. Mareanna Magonya (#2) took the ball up the left side in a tough run for us which set up another 50 + yard run for Mason Kraus (#10) for another 6 points!! Anthony (#6) took his turn on offence for the convert, and received our FIRST pass of the season to add 1 to the score! Great job. All game long, a couple of key offensive linemen protected our quarterback – Joe (#97) and Caleb Pammett (#85) had SERIOUS presence and put a wall that couldn’t be broken. Zach (#33) started most of the plays with precision snapping as well.

Now, defense, back on he field, Tyson Koop (#15), wrapped up their first attempt at a first down, Parker Rempel (#8) got through the line and had a big tackle up the middle for us – he “held on and didn’t let go”. Offense took their turn and Mason (#10) found the end zone with a few twists, turns and broken tackles – impressive! Dominyck Loewen (#3) was having the time of his life and we learned he’s got some WHEELS as he sped up the side lines for multiple yards. Matthew (#4) then had the quote of the game as he came off the field, “I just realized… football’s funner than I thought”

“Funner” indeed – especially when you play like THAT!! CONGRATULATIONS BOYS!!

GAME #2: EASTMAN BEATS NORMAN NORTH 21-0.

It seems Logan Kraus (#22) likes to get the Raiders rolling. Just like the first game, his name shows up first on the highlights “reel”. A big kick return, with a huge block by Mason (#10) got us off to a great start. Mason Kraus (#10) decided to get a run going of his own and scored a touchdown. Mareanna Magonya (#2) ran like lightning for the extra point. Jayden (#91) was called on to kick the ball and it flew about 25 yards putting the opposition in a tough position. Tyson Koop (#15) took over in the quarterback position and took the ball into the end zone for yet, another Raider touchdown!! It’s almost like her specialty, so, the ball was handed to Mareanna (#2) once again and her speed into the end zone once again got us the single point conversion. Parker Rempel (#8) was huge on defense all game and shone with a massive quarterback sack to stall the offence. Matthew (#4) took down one of their best runners with a big tackle to force the 3rd down. Dominyck (#3) turned on the rockets and took his turn racing down the field for a super run. Jayden (#91) started off the second half with another great kick and tackle “combo”. Anthony (#6) was fierce and stopped them time and time again up the middle. Parker chipped in on defense with a flying tackle – to which Tyson Koop (#15) said, “It’s the power of the orange chin strap – yeah!” An outstanding block by Dominyck (#3) opened the path for another Mason (#10) touchdown. The defense continued to stymie the defense including a superb team effort when a shoestring tackle by Kade Lepp (#64) put their player right in Mason Kraus’s (#10) path which ended in one of the hardest Atom hits we’ve seen – and Tyson Koop (#15) jumped on the fumble to get the Raiders the ball back. Anthony (#6) continued to be a tackle monster and Parker (#8) wrapped up another opponent. Our offensive line protected our quarterbacks all game long and we couldn’t have scored our points without you!! Perhaps a highlight of the game was Mareanna’s (#2) 70 yard run to put an exclamation point on another GREAT game!! Quote of the game: After he sacked the quarterback (#31) came off the field, looked at me and said, “I love my football team!!” That says it all!!

GAME #3: EASTMAN BEATS NATIONALS GREY 38-0.

OK, so, this game might go down in the record books as the hottest game we’ll play this season. I’m not sure – but it was H-O-T = HOT!!!! So hot in fact, that I was busier putting cold cloths on all of you than writing down what happened. So, I’ll do my best with this one. Here goes: Mareanna (#2) started the game off with a huge block to free up some running room for Mason (#10). Paxton (#40), Joe (#97) and Caleb Pammett (#85) did a great job taking care of the quarterback while Zach (#33) was snapping the ball. Dominyck (#3) has some fun on a big run and Mason (#10) finished it off with a Raider TD!! Tyson Koop (#15) added another touchdown for the team with his brother, from the same mother, Paxton (#40) blocking for him all the way into the end zone. Kade Lepp (#64) showed some great pursuit and made a big tackle for a loss of yards to which Parker (#8) added another smashing tackle of his own. Mason (#10) added a couple more touchdowns after that, Tyson Koop (#15) added another and a pass from Tyson (#15) to Paxton (#40) topped off that touchdown with a catch for the extra point.  And just because he could, Dominyck (#3) put it in high gear and found himself enjoying the feel of the end zone – yeeeeeeehaww!!!!

Congratulations boys!! Congratulations Marlin and the coaches!! Thank you parents for your support and the awesome snacks. (Quick note: Frozen Yogurt Tubes is a great idea for a snack) We couldn’t be more proud to be part of the Atom Raiders’ team. You guys played well, played hard, played fair and gave it your all!! You played as a team and EVERYONE contributed!! You can’t play football well, without playing like a unit!!! And just think – THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING!! GO RAIDERS GO!!!