RAYMOND — Raymond could not overcome four second-half turnovers against Charles Wright Academy on Thursday night. The turnovers allowed the Tarriers to come back from a 13-point deficit and scored in the final minutes of the game to beat the Seagulls, 28-21, in a non-league encounter.
With 1:30 left in the game, Henry Cheney capped off a 15-play, 61-yard Tarriers drive by scoring from 1-yard out on a quarterback sneak. The extra point kick by Travis Sowell put Charles Wright up, 28-21.
An impressive return by Elliot Murdock on the ensuing kickoff gave Raymond good field position at its 42-yard-line. However, a rushing attempt by Alex Sida on first down was stopped in the backfield and three straight incomplete passes by Rayce Newman resulted in a turnover on downs to end the Gulls’ hopes.
“I’m really proud of how hard we fought,” Raymond head coach Rob Clements said. “All of the guys are really disappointed right now, and that’s the sign of a team that has a higher expectation of itself. Our guys prepare to play anyone, any team. That’s why we signed up these 1A teams early, because we want to see a really high level of competition week in and week out.”
Four of Raymond’s six second half drives ended with turnovers — two fumbles and two interceptions.
“Our inability to hold onto the ball in the second half (was the determining factor),” Clements said. “Even if we could have punted and played field position instead of turning it over, we would have been better off. Our defense was holding steady. We’re improving. If we can clean some things up, that was a very winnable game for us. We just need to go back to work and improve fundamentally.”
Late in the third quarter, Darol Ratsavongsy scored on a 31-yard run. Alex Sida followed by running in the two-point conversion to give Raymond (1-1) a 21-14 lead.
Ratsavongsy led the Gulls with 106 rushing yards on 12 carries. Sida rushed nine times for 82 yards and scored a touchdown on a 27-yard run in the first quarter.
The Tarriers’ first play from scrimmage following Ratsavongy’s score resulted in a 64-yard touchdown pass from Cheney to Alexander Moore. The extra point kick by Sowell tied it up at 21.
Cheney posted impressive numbers. The sophomore signal caller threw for 136 yards and one touchdown, and ran for 74 yards and two scores. Charles Wright’s only other touchdown was scored by Desmond Jones on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.
Sida and Murdock were cited by Clements for solid defensive play. Newman and Ratsavongsy were cited for their offensive performance.
The Gulls will be back in action next Friday when they travel to Winlock in another non-league matchup.
CW 0 7 14 7 – 28
Ray 7 6 8 0 – 21
First Downs 18 14
Rushing Yards 189 246
Passing Yards 136 32
Total Net Yards 325 278
Passing 9-16 2-8
Had Intercepted 0 2
Fumbles Lost 1 2
Penalty Yards 32 35