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Raider Tony Nichols goes the distance into the end zone for a touchdown on Friday against the Bridgeport Mustangs. Nichols ran for 199 yards and three touchdowns in the Raiders' 50-3 victory. - Jacob Wagner photo

The Raiders took on the Bridgeport Mustangs on Friday in Coulee Dam, winning in a 50-3 blowout.

A first-quarter fumble recovery from Raider Tony Marchand led to quarterback Hunter Whitelaw running in for the Raiders' first touchdown of the night. Running back Tony Nichols ran for a touchdown later in the first.

Nichols ran for 199 yards and three touchdowns during the game.

In the second quarter, LR punted to Bridgeport who fumbled on the return. The Raider recovery led to a tackle-breaking touchdown run by Nichols. In a moment of déjà vu, the Bridgeport offense again fumbled at about the same place on the field. Back on offense, Nichols ran to the goal line and was ruled out of bounds just short, which led to a touchdown run from Dylan Steinert.

Steinert scored another touchdown run on the next drive, performing a couple of spin moves to reach the end zone.

The Raiders led 36-0 at the half.

Bridgeport's very shallow bench meant that their players didn't get much rest, requiring them to be on the field for most of the game.

The second half carried on just like the first, with the Raiders dominating. One highlight came from Devon Hobrecht, who returned a punt 40 yards for a touchdown.

The Mustangs were able to kick a field goal to get their three points on the board.

The now 5-2 Raiders are tied for second with Tonasket and Brewster in the Central Washington 2B league.The Raiders beat Brewster earlier in the season and will be playing in Tonasket against the Tigers on Friday. A win there would secure a home spot in the following week's crossover game against an opponent from the Eastern Washington Athletic Conference. A loss at Tonasket would result in an away game, or possibly getting knocked out of the postseason altogether, depending on the results of other games.

The 4-3 Oroville Hornets still have a shot at the postseason if they win against the 1-6 Waterville Shockers, and depending on who wins the Lake Roosevelt/Tonasket game and the Brewster/Manson (6-1) game, Oroville could take a spot and knock a team out of the postseason.

LR plays in Tonasket against the Tonasket Tigers on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.

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