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Raiders win football opener

 

Lucas Bird runs the ball against Tonasket Friday night as #58, Angelo Clark, provides a block. - Brock Hires, Omak Chronicle, photo

The Raider football team defeated the Tonasket Tigers Friday for a season-opening win, the first in several years, and a come-from-behind win at that.

"We were hesitant at first and it showed, but we competed from buzzer to buzzer," Head Coach Geary Oliver said. "We improved throughout the game and played at a high level in the second half."

LR fell behind 35-14 in the first half, and rallied back in the fourth quarter, scoring four touchdowns and connecting for two-point conversions to come away with the win.

The final score was LR 37- Tonasket 35.

Chance Garvin, at quarterback, led the team with 17 completions for 173 yards and three touchdowns. The increased passing offense was a game changer for LR as it speeds up the offensive tempo that has been slow and grinding. Garvin also recorded an interception and a tackle on defense.

Jesse Louie led the Raiders in rushing. On 11 rushes, Louie ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Louie averaged seven yards a rush, which is something the coaches would like to see continue as the season progresses. Louie also recorded three tackles and a sack.

Nathaniel Hall led LR in receiving yards. Hall caught seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. Hall rushed for 41 yards on 10 attempts, and made two tackles.

Jacob Palmer led the Raiders in tackles, with 14, and recovered a fumble. On offense, Palmer caught seven passes for 49 yards and two touchdowns. Palmer's strong performance was a big factor in the comeback win.

Steven Flowers made a good impression in his first high school football game by recording eight tackles. Hernan Atchison-Garcia also recorded eight tackles and a sack.

Oliver said the team's offensive line stood out "above all" in the game. "We had the best pass protection I have ever seen at Lake Roosevelt last night!"

When asked what needed to improve for the upcoming games, the coach said, "Blocking in space and finishing tackles."

Next week, the Raiders play the first home game of the season against Soap Lake in a non-league game.

"Soap Lake looked good against their last opponent, so I expect a competitive game," Oliver noted. "They have a larger squad than we do, so our sub rotation will be critical again this week."

The game is Friday at 7 p.m. at Greene Field in Coulee Dam.

LR vs Tonasket

Rushing

Scott Abrahamson 1-5

Lucas Bird 2-9

Nathaniel Hall 10-41

Jesse Louie 11-77 2td

Passing

Chance Garvin 17-38 173 3td

Receiving

Scott Abrahamson 1-15

Lucas Bird 1-4

Nathaniel Hall 7-79 1td

Jake Palmer 7-49 2td

Defense Tackles Other

Jake Palmer 14 Fumble

Recovery

Hernan

Atchison-Garcia 8 Sack

Steven Flowers 8

Michael Thomas 5

Scott Abrahamson 4 Fumble

Recovery

Defense Tackles Other Hunter Chapman 4

Angelo Clark 4

Elijah Harris 4

Jesse Louie 3 Sack

Nathaniel Hall 2

Matthew Tillman 2

Malcolm Carson 1

Lucas Bird 1

Chance Garvin 1 Interception

Nathan Morrell 1

Rolan Benton 1

Scoring Summary

Garvin 20 yd pass to Jake Palmer

Garvin 15 yd pass to Nathaniel Hall

Garvin 4 yd pass to Jake Palmer

2-yd run by Jesse Louie

1-yard run by Jesse Louie .

Jesse Louie ran for the 2-pt. conversion to get the win

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