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Gorillas run past Raiders


Quarterback Austin Rosenbaum runs for the Raiders. — Scott Hunter photo

Raider football opened up their 2013 season at home last Friday, where the Davenport Gorillas used a 32-point second quarter to defeat LR 56-0.

The Gorillas’ rushing attack was led by Faulkner, who scored three touchdowns, and backed up by Wilkie, who scored two more touchdowns and converted four two-point attempts. Davenport outgained the Raiders in total offense by the tally of 335 yards to LR’s 63.

In the first quarter, the Raiders allowed two scores. Then the defense made a stop and LR took over the ball with good field position. But the Raider offense could not capitalize, and the Gorillas ran over the Raiders in the second quarter, racking up 32 points to stretch the Davenport lead to 48-0.

After halftime, the Gorillas slowed down the attack and subbed as much as possible with the 14-man squad with which they travelled. There was no scoring in the third quarter. In the fourth, the Gorillas scored one more touchdown to finish the game for Davenport 56-0.

For both teams, the game was filled with penalties. This is something Raider Head Coach Steve Files does not want to be repeated this week. Files also said there was room for improvement on the line.

“It all starts with our play in the offensive and defensive lines,” he said. “We need to do a much better job in those areas.” Line improvements, he said will “eliminate big plays on defense and create more for our offense.” Asked if the team played to expectations, Coach Files said, “We expected to play good football and be competitive, and that didn’t happen.”

LR is looking to rebound from the loss to Davenport this week when they take on the Seattle Lutheran Saints in West Seattle Stadium on Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m. The Saints come into the game 1-0 after defeating Evergreen Lutheran 23-14 last week. Seattle Lutheran is led by Grant Doerr whose two interceptions in the first half were key to the win.

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