|Cal-Mum Football 2010|
Raiders manhandle Lyons 51 to 0
The Cal-Mum Raider Express is rolling and making a direct beeline for a rematch meeting with the Avon Braves for the Section V Class DD Championship. This past Sunday the Raider offense was cranked up against an outmanned Lyons Lions. The Lions came into the contest with several injuries and missing some key players. The combination of a hot team playing against a team that did not have their full compliment of players would prove to be a formula for disaster.
The prolific Raiders offense continued its recent pace as it scored on 6 of their first 7 possessions, with the only bump in the road being a Lyons’ pass interception. As dynamic as the offense was in the game, it was the Raider team defense that had most of those in attendance shaking their heads. The Raiders held the Lyons offense to negative yardage in the contest and the big hits that were being delivered were plentiful. Marina Auto Stadium was filled with the sounds of the popping pads.
The Raider offensive tone of the game was set early as Jon Cappotelli scored on the 2nd offensive play of the game. The score coming off a 44-yard run up the Lyons sideline. The Raiders scoring parade quickly continued when the Raider defense stuffed the Lions’ first offensive series, forcing them the punt the ball back to the Raiders. Tyler Lauffer would score on the 2nd play of the Raiders’ 2nd offensive series, off a 60-yard sweep play. Looking up at the game clock, with only 130 ticks gone in the game, the Raiders were on top of Lyons 14 to 0.
Lyon’s did little to help themselves when their offense sputtered on their 2nd possession and they were forced to punt the ball back to the Raiders. Madison Suhr set the Raiders’ offense up with great field position by returning the Nick DeSain’s punt 33-yards, to the Lyons’ 8-yard line. The Raiders appeared to be going for Lyons’ jugular vein when Lyons’ Derick Fera came up with a big play when he stepped in front of a Matt Hartford pass intercepting it and returned the ball to the Lyons 32-yard line.
The Raider defense would continue to punish the Lyons’ offense, forcing the Lyons into a 3 and outoffensive series. The Raiders’ fourth possession started at the Lyons’ 45-yard line. Pounding the ball at the Lyons defensive front the Raiders used an 11-play drive with Trevor Haut eventually breaking into the end zone with 0:23 left on the 1st quarter clock. Cody Preston’s 3rd extra point of the game gave the Raiders a 21 to 0 lead.
The Raider defense again imposed itself, on the Lions, on the 1st series of the 2nd quarter, pushing the Lions’ offense back to the Lyons 11-yard line. A 4th down disaster would strike the Lions when kicker Nick DeSain had difficulty fielding a poor center snap, on a punt attempt. DeSain would be tackled at the Lyons 3-yard line as he could not get in position to get the punt attempt off. Jon Cappotell made the Lions pay the price for the bad play when on the next play; he crashed over from the Lions’ 3-yard line. Things continued to fall right for the Raiders as Madison Suhr mishandled the extra-point attempt but he got up and sprinted to the corner of the end zone for the 2-point conversion. Raiders 29 – Lyons 0.
The Raider scoring blitz continued as reserve running back Solomon Gominiak entered the contest and quickly made his presence felt with a 21-yard run, down to the Lyons 1-yard line. Gominiak would finish off the drive as he ran the final yard for the Raider touchdown. Once again the snap was mishandled and Suhr was savy enough to find Tyler Lauffer in the end zone for another 2-point conversion by way of the pass. Raiders 37 – Lions 0.
Nikko Fenderson closed out the Raider 1st half scoring when he sprinted 8-yards, up the middle of the Lyons’ defense for the Cal-Mum score and a 44 to 0 halftime advantage.
In the second half the Raiders started their reserves and were content to just run the ball straight ahead. The running plays quickly used up the game clock. The Raiders did manage a 2nd half score when Jon Voos forced his way into the end zone with 7:52 remaining in the game. Cody Preston ended the scoring on the day with the extra-point as Cal-Mum would leave the field a 51 to 0 victor.
The Raiders were led by Jon Cappotelli on offensive side of the ball. “Capp” finished the day with an even 100 yards on 8 carries. Solomon Gominiak’s whirling efforts produced 95 yards in 11 carries. Tyler Lauffer made good use of his 3 carries as he chipped in 73 yards, for a 24 yards/carry average.
The Raider defense in this game could only be described as, “Nasty.” It must be noted that it was not so much the number of tackles but more so, how hard the tackles were delivered. Jon Kemnitz was the games’ leading tackler for Cal-Mum with 10 tackles. Alex Kenville was right behind Kemnitz with 9 tackles. Jacob Kehoe had a standout game for Lyons with 9 tackles.
The Raiders will again travel to Marina Auto Stadium this coming Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. to take on the defending Class DD Champion, the Avon Braves. The Raiders and the Braves have been going at each other hard and heavy for the past few years and this game appears to be no different. Only one thing can be sure, this is going to be a very good football game.
It is that time of year again when the Raider Nation needs to mobilize and show all of our support to the Maroon and White. Raider Nation Rally, this Sunday 11:00 a.m., Marina Auto Stadium! Be There!