Our 2015 season began on Saturday August 29th at Andrean High School. On an overcast day with periodic intermittent showers, the weather wasn’t enough to dampen the spirit of our young footballers and cheerleaders. There was a hive of activity in the football field vicinity from midday, as the crowds arrived to enjoy the first of 3 games. The Andrean turf was in incredible condition as the game build up began. This season the middle division games were moved to the early game time. Just before our 1:00 PM start, Raiders Head Coach and League President David Bush gave a rousing rendition of the national anthem and the stage was set.
Hawks Middles outgun Spartans Middles in the season opener
Spartans Middles 6 Hawks Middles 13
A defensive battle is the best way to describe the matchup between the Spartan and Hawk middle teams in the season opener. The Spartans enjoyed a slight territorial advantage and moved the ball a little better in the early going, but some stout defending and an early fumble derailed the Spartans attack in the first quarter. Neither offensive unit could get any sustained drives going, and the game looked destined to go to the break scoreless. With 2 seconds left to go in the half Julian Bonner snagged a pass from from his Quarterback and outran the Spartans cover on his way to an 80 yard touchdown. Halftime saw the JV Spirit Angels and the JV Super Stars entertain the crowd with some lively routines.
The second half was similar to the first, with both teams defenses controlling matters but as the 3rd quarter wound down Travis Henderson broke through the Hawks defense to register 6 points for the Spartans. The extra point attempt was no good with the minimum separating the teams going into the fourth. Half way through the fourth quarter, Marcus Bonner matched his brothers earlier touchdown with one of his own to make it a seven point lead for the Hawks. Spartans threw everything at the Hawks but they held firm to secure the victory. Hawks coach Chris Rekitzke hailed his teams ” great defensive stand” and singled out Marcus, Josiah and Julian Bonner for special praise with their effort. A clearly dejected Coach Floutsis called the game a “tough loss” and added “too many little mistakes” cost his young charges. Coach Floutsis singled out Travis Henderson, Paul Wojas Jr. and Bryce Polling as the Spartans standouts.
Big Raiders power to victory
Spartans 6 Raiders 32
Red Raiders came out guns blazing against Spartans in their big division season opener. Their ground game was evident from the off. On their opening drive David Dravet had a long off tackle touchdown run nullified for a holding penalty but after a long 2nd and 28 run for a first down, Dravet reached the endzone to put the Raiders up. Spartans offense found it hard to move the ball early on and after a turnover on downs, Jeffery Streeter sliced through the Spartans defense to put Raiders up 13-0 at the end of the 1st quarter. Another long Raider drive ended when Raiders quarterback Evan Gilligan tucked the ball and ran it in on a broken pass play. Nasir Biddings ran in the extra point to extend the Raiders lead before David Dravet got his second TD before the half.
Halftime saw the Varsity Cheer Team Fusion entertain the crowd during the break. The 3rd quarter began with Jason Streck going to FB and on the opening drive he rumbled for 50 yards to the endzone on what would be the Raiders final score of the night. Full credit to the Spartans they kept trying and got rewarded with a touchdown in the final minute. The Spartans were dealt a blow before the game with a key injury ruling out a player. Coach Floutsis reserved a special mention for Dominic Maddox, Paul Wojas Jr., Jonathan Eldridge and Carlos and Alyc Kelly for stepping up from the middle team to be available for his big team.by