by Darryn Strickland
Last Saturday September 16, the Red Raiders took on the Moore County Blue Raiders in the first home game of the season. Each team did a fantastic job, and played hard during the games. Unfortunately, the peewee division did not play because Moore County does not have a team in that division.
The Div. 1 game was won by the Red Raiders with the score of 25-12. Gavin Smith led the team with 123 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. Close behind him was Zachary McCormick with 63 yards and #15 Jacoba Fells with 32 yards rushing.
In the Div. 2 game, Red Raiders played hard against the Blue Raiders. The game was close, but the Red Raiders come to victory with the score of 6-0. On the offense #9 Zander Gomez led the team with 90 yards, and #5 Gabriel Hambly with 33 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Red Raiders. On the defense #4 Carlos Martinez led with 6 tackles, and Kaleb Dodson recovered a fumble for the Red Raiders.
In the Div. 3 game, the score was tied in the first half, but the Blue Raiders seemed to quickly double that in the fourth quarter as the hard fought game was lost 43-18. On the offense Nico Sanfilippo led the team with 70 yards rushing and a touchdown. Jacob Barlow ran for 56 yards rushing, and 2 touchdowns for the Red Raiders. On the defensive side of the ball, Jonathan Akers had 9 tackles.
Next week, September 23, the Red Raiders host Homecoming at Dyer-Boldin Field. There will be games, bouncy houses, and face paint. Make sure to come out and support our Manchester Youth Football League.