SCARSDALE – On Scarsdale’s second offensive play from scrimmage Friday, Ezekiah Bacchus ran left, ran around the end of the line of scrimmage and kept on running 66 yards. What seemed at the time like an obvious highlight soon became the norm on a night where the Raiders did what they wanted when they wanted against rival White Plains.
Scarsdale rolled to 49 first-half points and then finished off a 62-30 victory over the visiting Tigers at Dean Field.
“The way we started this game off is exactly how we want to continue the rest of the season,” said Bacchus said, whose team led 49-6 at halftime.
The win, which improved the Raiders to 3-1, proved equal parts thorough and explosive. Five different players scored touchdowns in the first half as Scarsdale rolled up 341 yards of offense on just 20 plays. And that didn’t even include an 85-yard kickoff return and plenty of additional success in the return game.
The Raiders seemed to both deceive and overpower White Plains with their option offense. Quarterback Barry Klein, fullback Nick Leone and halfbacks Bacchus and Alex Miller all had plenty of room to run. It resulted in six first-half scoring drives, five of which last three plays or fewer.
Player of the game: Ezekiah Bacchus, Scarsdale. Starting with the game’s opening touchdown, Bacchus needed just four carries to skate through White Plains for 149 yards. He ran for touchdowns of 66 and 20 yards and added another 50-yarder to set up the final score of the half.
Bacchus finished with a game-high 216 yards on the ground.
Turning point: With Scarsdale jumping out to a 28-0 lead, White Plains finally got a shot of momentum from Glenmour Osbourne, who returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score. But the good vibes were dashed almost immediately when Scarsdale’s Nick Leone brought back the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to reclaim the Raiders’ four-touchdown lead.
Stat line: Scarsdale (3-1) — The Raiders gained 310 of their first-half yards on the ground. Barry Klein rushed for 99 of those yards and a touchdown on just five carries. Alex Miller and Leone each added rushing touchdowns and Leone added two more in the second half. Robbie Keith caught a 27-yarder from Klein for another score. White Plains (1-3) — Osbourne, who had a program-record 361 yards last week, rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a kick return 97 yards for the Tigers’ only first-half touchdown.
Quotable: “Our option game is tough to stop, but I wouldn’t call this game easy at all,” Bacchus said. “The first half we did our thing, but we have a habit of getting comfortable. We can’t get comfortable. We’re up by 40, we have to keep going. We can’t just settle.”