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Raiders lose to Kittitas

 

Raiders lose to Kittitas

in league opener

By John R. McNeil II

Lake Roosevlet’s three-game winning streak came to an end last Friday as the Raiders lost to the Kittitas Coyotes 24-14 in their Central Washington 2B League opener at Greene Field.

“We had our moments against Kittitas,” Raider Head Coach Steve Files said, “but I know we are capable of better performance. … They simply outplayed us.”

The Raiders rushed for 171 yards, with Jesse Louie gaining 114 of them. Josiah Desautel ran for 49 yards against Kittitas. Quarterback Chance Garvin connected with his receivers for 51 yards passing. Austin Rosenbaum did not play again due to an injury he sustained in the Bridgeport game Sept. 20.

The Raiders did not start aggressively in the first quarter, and the defense came alive only later in the game.

“For the last three quarters, I thought our defense played pretty well,” Files said.

The main problem for the defense was the Coyotes’ speed. Still, Files said he was pleased with the Raider defense’s ability to make the Coyotes turn over the ball.

Offensively, the Raiders were sluggish to start, but picked up later.

“We became more aggressive as the game progressed, but we did not start well.”

When asked what changes need to be made to be more successful on offense in the future, Files stated, “No matter who we play, success on offense will hinge on how well we handle the ball and execute the fundamentals of our attack.”

LR looks to get back on track this week as they take on the Trojans this Friday for a 7 p.m. game at Manson High School. The Trojans come into the contest 0-4 with losses to Brewster, Darrington, Liberty Bell, and Oroville. The Trojans have managed to score only 26 points this season, but have allowed 207 points against them.

 

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