The football adage that defence wins championships was proven Sunday at Bill Moore Memorial Park as the Comox Valley Raiders Midget defence definitely carried the day in a hard-fought 7-2 victory over the North Delta Longhorns.
The Raiders’ ‘D’ set the tone early and often and led the team to their first victory of the season. The Raiders are in the Vancouver Mainland Football League and all season have played teams with more players and older players. Despite these disadvantages, the Raiders have continued to work hard and this hard work finally paid off on Sunday.
The Raiders relied on a much-improved defence to upset the Longhorns. The hard work put in by defensive co-ordinator CJ Von Niessen was evident on this day. The play of the game was a long interception return for a touchdown by defensive back Arron Slack in the fourth quarter. This touchdown stood up as the winning score. Late in the fourth quarter the Raiders conceded a safety while pinned deep in their own zone in a move made to reverse field position.
Many Raider players stepped up on Sunday. Linebacker Conor (Condog) MacNeil led the way on defence with one interception and two sacks. Devon Moore also had an interception and played a strong game from the safety position. Sacks were also recorded by Darby Misener and Jimmy Brazier.
Dan Weatherall was a force inside at the defensive tackle position and completely shut down the Longhorns’ inside run game. While the defence saved the day, the offence had their chances.
The ‘O’ was led by quarterback Cody Ullock and the hard running of Jimmy Brazier and Duncan Simpson.
The offence drove the ball all game and despite knocking on the door in the red zone multiple times they were unable to punch the ball in for a touchdown. Head coach Ryan Pederson stated after the game, “These gentlemen finally played the calibre of football we know they are capable of. That was hard-nosed Raider football.” Next up for the Raiders Midget team is the Cloverdale Bengals in their last home game of the season this Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at Bill Moore.
“Please come show your support as the Raiders look to put together a winning streak to end the season,” a team spokesperson said.
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