Game 3: Raiders Atom vs. Comets, August 25

1st Quarter

Raiders opened the game kicking off to the Comets. Raiders were close to recovering the kick but comets were very fortunate to pounce on it to give them the ball at their own 43 yard line. On the opening play of the game #5 carried the ball 67 yds for the comet touchdown. Convert attempt was unsuccessful thanks to a great tackle by Joshua .6-0. Not the start the Raiders were looking for on this sweltering day. Raiders took possession at their own 43 yard line but sputtered on offence going 3 and out giving the ball to the comets. Two great sacks one by Aiden B and the other by Cameron T put the Comets 3rd and long. Some sloppy tackling and a 43 yard run by #5 put the home side up 13-0. Things went from bad to worse with the Comets recovering the ensuing kickoff. Now the defense decided to come and play forcing the comets 3 and out with some great tackles from Anthony and Cole. Eastman took over and started moving the ball with Sawyer running for 25yds on a quarterback draw. A Roughing the passer call and the Raiders were looking good but 3 plays later they were intercepted giving the ball back to the comets.

2nd Quarter

A quick 3 and out with some great tackling by Cameron and the Raiders took over on downs. A great 25 yard run by Payton and the raiders were marching the ball once more. Unfortunately a few bad snaps saw the Raiders going the wrong way and the Comets took over on downs. Great tackling by Cameron, Cole and Mareanna saw the Comets go 3 and out. Eastman took the ball and after a huge loss Aidan A scampered for 15yds and fell short of the first down. After a first down the Comets go 3 and out with Cole making some superb tackles. With halftime quickly approaching the Raiders looked to get some points on the board. On 3rd down Payton on a quarterback draw gained 25 yards thanks to a bone crushing block by Sawyer. Again on 3rd down the Raiders gained another 12yards to put them on the comets 35yard line but unfortunately the whistle blew and that was the half with the comets up 13-0.

3rd Quarter

With defense humming right along it was up to the offence to make a game of this. The Raiders received the kick off and Cole pounced on it just in time to give the Raiders a first down at their own 45 yard line. 3 and out and the comets took over. The defense really stiffened in the 2nd half not allowing a first down with some great team tackling. Midway through the 3rd quarter saw Eastman strut their stuff. Mason gained 7yds on first down. After a 5 yard loss Sawyer electrified the visitors on a naked boot leg for a 45 yard gain. This set up the Raiders at the comet 7 yard line where Mason took over and ran for a 7 yd touchdown. With the convert good this made the score 13-7. Now things were getting interesting. Eastman threw an interception to end the quarter but were right back in it heading into the 4th

4th Quarter

Anthony was a wrecking machine in the final frame with several tackles for losses. On the Raiders first possession of the final frame they were looking to flip the field. After a 2 yard gain by Aiden B, Aidan A electrified the bench with 30 yard romp down to the Comets 20 yard line. Things were looking good but after a couple key injuries on the offence side of the ball Eastman couldn’t get past the Comets 13yard line and fell short of their comeback. After a slow start this bunch played some outstanding football and looked like the better team. A few blocks here and there and this game was theirs. Great effort all around in the sweltering heat.