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.



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
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
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
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.