They were more than ready. The Raiders were an easy winner on opening day in the Recreation Football League on Saturday morning in West Point.
Coach Clint Heard’s team looked like a squad in midseason form. The Raiders used some muscle and a lot of speed in beating the Power Source, 32-0 at the River Bowl Stadium. Team speed was the theme of the day for the Raiders.
They scored on the first play from scrimmage on Adrian Tucker’s 60-yard touchdown run. Chris Moore added the two-point conversion on a kick for an early 8-0 lead for the Raiders.
“I read my blocks, and we executed. We could go to the Textile Bowl (this season),” said Tucker.
But on Saturday the River Bowl Stadium in West Point was where the Raiders were playing in this 11 to 12-yearold league game. The Raiders put on a football exhibition in the 20-minute game. This is a Raider team that can score from anywhere – on offense, defense or special teams.
Amerion Truitt of the Raiders was the next player to step up. Truitt returned a 55-yard punt for a touchdown, also in the first half. Truitt and the Raiders turned the football game into a track meet, and there was no doubt who the faster team was.
The Raiders took a 16-0 lead with Truitt’s touchdown and Moore’s second twopoint conversion kick of the morning. The Raiders would show off their mind-boggling speed once more in the first half on a Truitt 80-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Truitt scored on the last play of the first half. The Raiders were all over the Power Source by the score of 24-0.
“We always go hard,” said Truitt.
The Raiders also put some icing on this opening day win with a rushing touchdown in the second half. Raider defensive end Gavin Staples made his presence felt, too, with a fumble recovery and a quarterback sack.
“We looked good, and I like to bring the best out of the kids. The effort was good, and we didn’t get too jittery,” said Heard.
The Power Source, which also likes to be called the Titans, had a few more problems. They do need to get up to speed, but they did play better as the football game went on.
“Our defense needs to get better, but we played hard. I was proud of the way we fought,” said Power Source head coach Ben Braswell. “We had a good running game (in the second half).”
The Power Source rushed for 100 yards in the Recreation League game with Demondre Woodyard, Towson Partridge and Jimmy Harmon. Woodyard led the Power Source with 39 yards.
Wide receiver Lane Christy got some playing time for the Power Source as well on opening day. This is Christy’s first season of football.
“I like the hitting and the running. I like to be rough, but you have to pay attention,” said Christy, the 11 year old from Pine Mountain.
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer