Raiders celebrate win over Chiles

Raiders celebrate win over Chiles


Raiders celebrate win over Chiles


The Rickards High football team won exactly one game a season ago.

So you can understand why the Raiders were more than a little giddy after scoring a 35-7 victory over Chiles. Players danced and high-fived as the final seconds ticked off the clock. The coaches, led by Rickards alum Quintin Lewis, had a hard time hiding their smiles.

“It’s just wonderful,” Lewis said, interrupting his words to sing the last few lines of the school’s alma mater. “The kids needed this win. They needed something positive going into the off week before we play again.”

It was a quality win, to be sure.

Chiles had the Raiders on their heels in the first half and appeared to be in control of the game. The Timberwolves scored first on a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Hatch to Juan Williams – an exciting playmaker who could do big things for Chiles this season.

But the first mistake of the game – a snap that went over the punter’s head – cost Chiles a safety and cut the lead to 7-2. Then another mistake – an interception thrown on the goal line – sparked a Rickards scoring drive that gave the Raiders the lead for good.

Raiders quarterback Charlie Kelly lofted a pass to receiver Travon Holmes down the right sideline that turned into a 67-yard touchdown and an 8-7 lead for Rickards.

“That took the wind out of us,” Chiles coach Mike Lassiter said. “Good teams capitalize on turnovers, and that’s what Rickards did. We’re just not in a place as a team where we can make mistakes like that.”

Kelly added a nifty 19-yard scoring run midway through the second quarter to give Rickards a 15-7 lead. Then Holmes sprinted 98 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the second half.

“Travon’s our go-to guy,” Lewis said. “He and Charlie – those are our big-play guys.”

Kelly (10-of-17 passing for 232 yards and two touchdowns with 77 rushing yards) left the game in the second half with what looked like cramps. Holmes (98 receiving yards on four receptions) weren’t the only big-play guys for Rickards.

Joe Butler added 61 rushing yards and a 28-yard touchdown run. James Barkley had two quarterback sacks and Marvin Seabrooks had an interception. Malik Slater led Rickards with eight tackles.

Chiles showed some fight offensively, but couldn’t overcome its own mistakes.

Hatch completed 11 of 19 passes for 126 yards and two interceptions. Jalyn Croom rushed for 38 yards and would have had much more, but some negative-yardage plays ruined his totals. Williams caught three passes for 63 yards and looked dangerous with the ball when he had it.

Lassiter said his goal this week in preparing for Florida High is simple.

“We need to find some young guys to fill some key roles for us,” Lassiter said. “We were out-coached and out-played tonight. They were more physical than us tonight.

“We have guys who can make plays,” he added. “We have to learn how to handle the pressure.”


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