Game 3: Raiders Bantam vs. Comets, August 24

The teal green wave continues to roll on home turf! The Eastman Raider bantams played the Corydon Comets on August 24 at AD Penner park in Steinbach. It was a humid Saturday morning with fairly strong breeze as the game began at 9 AM. Strong outside running and a hurry-up offense approach characterized the Raiders efforts in the first quarter. Their ground attack led to a touchdown run by #12 Austin Buhler. On the defensive side, #54 Dustin Erickson made a great touchdown-saving tackle stopping a long run by the Comet’s #32. Erickson also made a nice tackle on a flair pass and #37 Barrett Friesen had a wonderful tackle in the backfield. #32 Jack Lenchyshyn ran outside on a hurry-up offense play with the direct snap on a third and 11. It was a 45 yard rumble attacking from the left side of the formation. The first quarter ended with a 16-0 score. In the second quarter the Raiders #52 Graham Cruise had a punishing tackle on a kickoff return highlighting a solid defensive effort. #39 Kyle Giesbrecht-Martens had a punt return for a touchdown. After bobbling the ball at first he rambled 40 yards behind good blocking for the score. #51 Tanner Bruestedt had a great knockdown on a pass play stopping the Comet’s attack. Quarterback #12 Austin Bueller had a 19 yard keeper for a touchdown. The Raiders’ scoring was capped off in the first half by fantastic return for a touchdown by #30 Oliver Peters. With a determined effort, Peters returned a punt to the house by breaking several tackles. The first half ended with a score of 30-0.

In the second at half, the Raiders’ dominance continued with the defense providing pressure on the quarterback on passing plays. #31 Will Cruise scored a 30 yard touchdown on a beautiful center screen pass. #32 Jack Lenchychyn also scored two more touchdowns in the second half on a 21 yard pitch option play and on a 45 yard run. The defense tightened up even further In the second half. #34 Dakota Funk had several good tackles including a couple in the backfield for a loss. Funk displayed great sportsmanship helping the opposition player up after tackling him and also giving the ball to the referee after making a great defensive play. The point-after kicking unit led by #2 Eric Adams looked sharp making 6 of 9 attempts. Head coach Jesse Adams and the rest of the staff have the Bantam Raiders executing well as a team and playing some very good football at this point in the season. Final score 30-0.