ROCKLEDGE – It hasn’t been the Rockledge Raiders’ season, but it was finally their night on Friday.
Coming in winless and without a touchdown in its previous two games, Rockledge, led by a strong defensive performance, got its first win in 2014 with a chippy 19-6 victory against visiting Treasure Coast.
And it didn’t take long to get going. Midway through the first quarter, Rockledge quarterback Mike Laskowski got the Raiders on the board with a shifty 44-yard touchdown run to make the score 7-0. Laskowski finished with a team-high 58 yards rushing on seven carries.
After leading 10-0 at halftime, Rockledge defensive end Malcom Murdock made the play of the game late in the third quarter when he stopped a Treasure Coast back in the backfield, stripped the ball, scooped it up, and rumbled 42 yards for the score, giving the Raiders a 16-0 lead.
Treasure Coast, hampered by 15 penalties for a whopping 150 yards, threatened near the end of the first half, but a Letwan Sutton interception in the end zone preserved Rockledge’s lead.
KEY PLAYERS: A swarming Rockledge defense not only kept Treasure Coast off the board until a last-minute touchdown, but also forced two huge turnovers and hassled Treasure Coast quarterback Nick Robinson all game, sacking him four times while allowing only 216 yards of total offense, 64 of which came on Treasure Coast’s final drive of the game.
THEY SAID IT: “Our defense played lights out. We bent, but we didn’t break,” said Rockledge head coach Larry Laskowski. “We did what we had to do.”
WHAT’S NEXT: Rockledge vs Satellite. Treasure Coast at Vero Beach.
RECORDS: Rockledge (1-5, 0-2), Rockledge (0-5, 0-1)