It was the Rockledge defense that carried the team on Friday night as the Raiders turned a fumble recovery, interception and safety into a 31-7 win over the Eau Gallie Commodores in a Kickoff Classic preseason matchup.
It was Aundrey Strong’s sack on Eau Gallie’s Torrance Brown in the end zone for a safety that really rallied the team, giving the Raiders a 2-0 advantage.
That safety quickly turned worse for the Commodores, as the Raiders drove back down the field for another quick strike on a 3-yard touchdown run by Richard Carter to give the Raiders a 9-0 lead.
“Our defense played well on that side of the ball,” Raiders head coach Larry Laskowski said. “They gave our offense plenty of chances to score and I don’t know if we would have scored if not for their efforts. Eau Gallie came out throwing and was tough to stop.”
Eau Gallie’s only scoring drive came in the second quarter. The Commodores’ defense tackled the Raiders’ punter on the 18-yard line for a turnover on downs. The Commodores then hurt their own cause by recording back-to-back penalties that pushed them out of the red zone, but they rallied in the drive thanks to a 10-yard touchdown run by Kelvin Pruitt to cut the deficit to two points.
“It was a disappointing game, but I thought we did a good job to get the ball in the end zone,” Commodores head coach Tim Powers said. “We need to finish more drives than one, but we did finish one good drive.”
Raiders safety Trace Woxbery had a third quarter interception — and quarterback Alex Adler didn’t waste the opportunity. Two plays later. he turned a quarterback keeper into a 15-yard touchdown, bouncing his way off two defenders and diving into the end zone.