Midget Stroppa Cup Results, July 26 July 29, 2013
The Raiders Midget team took the field for the first time this year on Friday night to unveil the 2013 edition of the team in the 3rd annual Stroppa Cup against the Greendell Falcons. The Raiders and Falcons each split wins in the two previous meetings, with the Falcons winning the inaugural game, and the Raiders taking the Cup home last season.
The Raiders opened the scoring early, on their first offensive play of the game Raiders QB Braden Saindon (#18) hit receiver Javon Chomini (#82) on a pass who then broke a tackle to break free and score on a 60 yard TD reception to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead. The Falcons would answer back right away as Bryce LeBlanc would break off an 85 yard kick return to make it 7 – 7. The Falcons would strike again on a deep passing play to take the lead making it 14 – 7 for the Falcons. The Raiders offense was able to get close enough to set Raiders kicker Leo Sawatzky (#10) up with a short field goal attempt to cut the lead to 4, making it 14 – 10. The Falcons would strike again on the following play as Bryce LeBlanc would record his second kick return for a TD to increase the Falcons lead 21 – 10. The Falcons would add another rushing TD from Daniel Norris but would miss the convert, pushing the score to 27 – 10 and taking a three score lead over the Raiders. The Raiders defense was the first to respond as rookie linebacker Colin Wiebe made his first interception of the year, and then follow it with a 60 yard return to bring the Raiders back within 10, making the score 27 – 17. Later in the 2nd quarter the Raiders offense would get back on track, and Raiders QB Braden Saindon would hit receiver Ryan Simard (#88) in the endzone for a 15 yard TD pass that cut into the lead even more, making the score 27 – 24. In the final minutes of the half, Saindon would find rookie receiver Josh Peters (#22) deep down field, as Peters made a great leaping catch for 25 yards, which set the Raiders offense up on the Falcons 5 yard line. Shortly after Raiders Running Back Patrick Bissonnette (#1) would punch it through, and the Raiders comeback was complete as they re-took the lead, 31 – 27. But on the ensuing kickoff, the Falcons special teams would strike again, and this time it was Derain Stremble taking the return to the house to give the Falcons a 34 – 31 lead at half time.
In the 3rd quarter Raiders Safety Zack Hazelhurst (#28) would record his second major punt return of the night, breaking off a 55 yard punt return. That return would eventually lead to Raiders Running Back Patrick Bissonnette recording his second rushing TD of the night, and the Raiders would once again reclaim the lead. The Raiders would also add another field goal from Leo Sawatzky before the Falcons would record a TD to cut into the lead. The Raiders would add TD and a two point conversion to ensure a 10 point lead and would then go on to hold that lead as the Raiders would come back to win the game 50 – 40 in a high scoring game. With the win the Raiders keep the Stroppa Cup in Steinbach for another year.
The Raiders will now go to work preparing for their Home Opener and Season Opener on August 10th when they host the Interlake Thunder, kickoff time for that game is set for 11:30 am.