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Raiders lose in playoffs to NWC Crusaders


Steven Flowers gets some elevation as he passes under pressure.

The Lake Roosevelt Raiders fell in the first round of the state playoffs to the Northwest Christian Crusaders 48-16 at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane Friday night.

The Crusaders will go on to face the Asotin Panthers, who defeated the Tonasket Tigers 41-3. The Tigers had defeated the Raiders in their league championship game last month.

A 76-yard pass from Raider quarterback Steven Flowers to wide receiver Trevor McCraigie in the first quarter, and a two-yard Flowers run in the fourth, in addition to the two two-point conversions, were the only points the Raiders scored in the game.

Despite being an away game, Raider fans appeared to number about double that of Crusader fans, according to LR Head Coach Loren Endsley.

The loss ends the Raiders' best season since 2001. The Raiders finished with an overall win-loss record of 7-3.

"Overall, the season was highly successful and I'm proud of what the players were able to accomplish," Endsley said. "A lot of hard work went into where we are now."

Endsley said the success of the football program has changed the atmosphere at the high school.

"The morale at the school has picked up drastically," he said. "It just feels different. Lake Roosevelt is heading in the right direction, and it has been really awesome to be a part of.

"The support of the community has been overwhelming," Endsley continued. "The attendance at home games, and hearing all the positivity people have for the program has just been awesome. These boys really deserve that. They worked hard for it and are really good kids."

Lake Roosevelt vs Northwest Christian

Scoring Summary

LR 8 0 0 8_16

NWC 28 20 0 0_48

First Quarter

NWC_#24 80 run

NWC_#24 2 run

LR_McCraigie 76 pass from Flowers, 2pt conv Flowers run, good

NWC_#24 19 run

NWC_#15 2 run

Second Quarter

NWC_#24 84 run

NWC_#11 50 pass from #13

Tony Nichols lunges for the end zone for a 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter.

NWC_#11 54 pass from #13

Fourth Quarter

LR_Flowers 2 run, 2 pt conv, Nichols pass from Flowers, good


PASSING_Flowers 10 for 22, 194 yards, 1 TD

RUSHING_Flowers 18-78, 1 TD; Michel 4-4; Hall 2-4

RECEIVING_McCraigie 1-76, 1 TD; Kiser 2-62; Nichols 3-25; Hall 1-13; Picard 1-6; Michel 2-12

DEFENSE_Flowers 12 Tackles, 2 TFL; Nichols 4 Tackles; PIcard 7 Tackles; Hall 5 Tackles; Michel 4 Tackles, 1 Sack; Sanchez 3 Tackles, Lindsey 1 Tackle, 1 Sack; Garcia-Atchison 2 Tackles, 1 TFL; Yazzie 1 Tackle, 1 TFL; Steinart 1 Tackle; Tillman 1 FR

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