Raiders roll past Lions for big win

Raiders roll past Lions for big win

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Raiders roll past Lions for big win

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Rickards scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game and blew open a close game in the second half for a 50-7 win over Leon Friday at Cox Stadium.

In the season finale for both teams, Rickards (6-4) scored three touchdowns in the first five minutes of the second half to break open what was a 13-0 game.

The win gave the Raiders their first winning season since 2009 and the six wins were more than the previous two seasons combined.

“We played for our seniors tonight, and they had a great night,” Rickards coach Quintin Lewis said. “We really wanted to get them out with a winning record and let them end their high school careers on top.”

Tousant Young stepped up and picked off a screen pass from Leon quarterback Sam Williams and returned it 42 yards for a 7-0 Rickards lead before either team had earned an offensive first down. After Leon missed a field goal, Charlie Kelly found Jalen Ashby for a 40-yard score and 13-0 lead.

The Raiders needed only four minutes in the third quarter to deflate the Lions’ hopes. Tra’von Holmes returned the opening kickoff 98 yards to make it 19-0, and the Raiders recovered the ensuing short kickoff. Kelly found Lonnie Anderson diving in the back of the end zone from 25 yards out to give the Raiders a 25-0 lead.

“All I told them at halftime was that we had 24 minutes left in our season,” Lewis said.

From there the rout was on. Stephen Denmark, Marvin Seabrooks and Jason Pye got in on the touchdown party before it was over.

“We’ve been through 1-9 and 2-8 so we had to finish this season with a winning record,” Kelly said. “Last year our seniors were crying and it was really emotional. This year we had to light it up for our seniors.”

Kelly finished with 202 yards and four touchdowns through the air. He also added 57 yards and a score on the ground. James Barkley, playing in his final high school game, had a team-high nine tackles and added a sack for the Raiders.

Williams hit Mac Carey for a 7-yard score midway through the third quarter for the lone Leon (2-8) score.

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