BELLE GLADE – The Raiders (2-2) earned a much needed win Friday, Sept. 16, when they defeated highly regarded Atlantic, 14-13, thanks to a blocked extra point.
Rodrick Martin scored a 2-yard touchdown with under four minutes left to give the Raiders a 14-7 advantage.
Atlantic though did not go down quietly as they moved down the field in the final three minutes to score on a Marquis Waters 2-yard run with just under a minute to play.
After an illegal procedure pushed the Eagles back 5 yards, the Raider special teams blocked the potential tying extra point to earn the victory.
The Raiders had too many penalties again, 124 yards worth, but the defense was fantastic as they constantly harassed and bothered the Eagles quarterback Zavion Thompson. He still threw for 228 yards and a touchdown. The Raider defense also defended the run well.
Raider quarterback James Blackman was solid with 14-19 through the air for 91 yards and a 15-yard touchdown pass to Siurpy Rinvil. Demetrius Martin was good enough in the run game with 11 carries for 56 yards.
This week the Raiders travel to Wellington to take on Palm Beach Central. The Broncos compete in District 8A-9 and are coached by Santino Ierulli. They are (0-4) with losses to Park Vista 30-7, Vero Beach 49-26, Dwyer 34-0, and Wellington 31-28.
Key performers for the Broncos include quarterback Michael Moreland who has 404 yards passing this year and two touchdowns. He has five interceptions as well and a quarterback rating of 39.6. Anthony Wynds has done a solid job in the run game with 504 yards rushing and four touchdowns and averages 5.7 yards per rush. The Broncos have rushed for 850 yards as a team. Tre Jackson has a touchdown reception and 10 receptions for 110 yards this year. Tyler Freeman has caught seven passes for 155 yards. Lakevious Simmons has 177 yards rushing. The Broncos defense has eight interceptions this year. Key defenders include Geremy Cineus who has 34 tackles, 23 of them solo and Ben Panitz who has 37 tackles which include six tackles for loss.
Friday’s, Sept. 23, game will be played at 8499 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington and begins at 7 p.m. There is a charge for both parking and admission.