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Raiders are 2-2 overall


osiah Desautel tries to muscle out a few more inches against Warden in the first half Friday night. - Scott Hunter photo

The Warden Cougars struck early and often on the Raiders Friday night, building a halftime lead that Lake Roosevelt could not overcome on their home field in Coulee Dam.

At halftime, Warden led 53-6 before the Raiders managed to get past their big line a few more times. The final score was Warden 60, LR 24.

"Warden is a physical team and we had trouble with their wing T offense," Raider Head Coach Geary Oliver said. "Our offense moved the ball well; we just need to get more consistent."

Oliver had to deal with injuries in key positions.

"Michael Thomas bailed us out on offense," Oliver noted. "He is a wide receiver, but played left guard all night to fill in for injured Nathan Morrell."

Oliver said Thomas "exemplified the team-first attitude, and the rest of the team appreciates his willingness to fill in where needed."

When asked about leadership, Oliver highlighted Josiah Desautel, who "had a great game going until he injured his foot."

With the loss, the Raider win-loss record drops to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in Central Washington 2B South play.

Next week, LR heads south to Mabton to take on the Vikings.

Oliver said his team can compete with the Vikings, who are tied with Warden atop of the CW2B South with a 4-1 overall record and a league win last week over Kittitas 27-0.

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