Jason Merry, Correspondent (@JasonMerryFS on Twitter)
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – The Rickards Raiders came into Friday’s contest with a record of 5-1 and the Raines Vikings had a record of 6-1.
The Raiders were without Purdue commit Destin Coates due to an injury. That meant they would have to rely heavily on Louisville commit, quarterback Marcus Riley.
Riley ended the game 18-34 for 177 passing yards. He added 64 yards on the ground on 22 carries.
Early on in the contest, the offenses were slow and by halftime, only one touchdown had been scored and that was by the Vikings.
The Raiders did miss a field goal, which costs them three points. Rickards returned a kickoff for a touchdown that was called back for holding. The Raiders tallied up nine penalties.
“I don’t know what the penalty count was but it took back a lot of key plays from us, even defensively,” Rickards head coach Quinton Lewis said.
In the second half, more penalties kept costing the Raiders as the Vikings went on to score four more touchdowns which put the final score to 35-0.
“We have to make plays in the second half. We had opportunities to make plays and when they put the ball on the ground, we missed tackles,” Lewis said. “We have to continue to play. That team elevated their play and we have to elevate ours.”
This loss puts the Raiders at 5-2 and they head next week to Crawfordville to play against the Wakulla War Eagles who have a record of 6-2.
“I thought we did a good job, we just lost the second half and throughout the game, we have to continue to make plays,” Lewis said.