The Ocean City Junior Raiders were in action over the weekend against the Galloway Mustangs.
The Taxi team (K-2nd grade) opened up the action. While no official score is kept at this level, Coach Frank Rubba commented he was pleased with his team’s effort and how they are bringing to game action what they learn at practice.
Next up was the Peewee team (3rd and 4th grade). In a hard-fought, back-and-forth game, the team drove the ball down the field late in the 4th quarter, scoring a touchdown in the last minute. Unfortunately, the team missed the extra point to end up on the short side of a well-played 20-19 game. The coaches were very pleased with the team’s effort and how they continued to fight until the end of the game.
The JV (5th and 6th grade) squad put its perfect 5-0 record on the line and took the opening drive down for a touchdown by Jake Schneider to put the team up 6-0. After recovering an on-side kick, the team once again drove down the field with JP Patella capping off the drive with a short touchdown run to put the team up 12-0 at the end of the first quarter. A Galloway drive late in the first half was snuffed out with an interception by Patella as the first half ended. The second half saw a short touchdown run by Jacob Wilson and a strong defensive effort to seal an 18-0 victory. Everyone contributed to the all-around victory including Timmy Waller, Max Fischer, Liam Cupit, Flynn DeVlieger, Zach Clouser, Jesus Sarabia, Josh Newman, Ernie Troiano, Dominick Troiano, Chad Callahan, Alex Herrara. The JV now stands at 6-0 with all of its victories coming by shutout.
Rounding up the action was the Varsity squad (7th and 8th grade). While the team lost 34-7, it was a hard fought, entertaining game in which the game was closer than the final outcome. The team’s touchdown was scored on a reception by Brooklyn Bicksler. Marty Cattie added the extra point on another reception.
Many of the players on all teams wore one pink and one green shoelace in their cleats in support of breast and liver cancer.
The Junior Raiders next play at Linwood on Saturday October 18, 2014.
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— By Raymond Patella for the Ocean City Junior Raiders