RAYMOND — The Raymond Seagulls took advantage of defensive opportunities and utilized a plethora of rushers in a dominating 42-0 Pacific 2B League win over North Beach on Friday night.
It took the Seagulls just 45 seconds to score the first points of the game, despite the fact that they did not start with the ball. Alec Oatfield intercepted a Carson Ketter pass and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage.
Raymond (2-0, 3-2) intercepted Ketter three times in the first half and returned two of them for scores. Oatfield recorded his second interception later in the first and Alex Sida returned a pick 70 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter.
“We have a lot of speed on the back end of the deep ball, so any time it floats a little, we have a good chance to pick it off,” Raymond head coach Rob Clements said.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” North Beach head coach Todd Bridge said. “They’re fast, and we made too many critical mistakes. You can’t win ball games when you make critical mistakes like that.”
After forcing North Beach (0-2, 2-3) to go three-and out on their next offensive series, Raymond quarterback Andrew Hamilton scampered 35 yards into the end zone to put the Gulls up 14-0 with 8:31 left in the first quarter.
Sida carried the ball nine times for 55 yards, leading Raymond’s rushing attack. However, six different Gulls carried the ball multiple times in the game. Marcus Lundy rushed three times for 34 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run. Darol Ratsavongsy also rushed three times, gained 32 yards, and scored a touchdown from 17 yards out. Raymond rushed for 220 yards in the game.
“It’s just spreading the ball around,” said Clements. “It’s about getting our athletes the ball. We have several guys that can take it to the house. We try to be multi-functional with what we do. Then other teams have to scout us, and wonder who we’re going to give it to.”
North Beach ran the ball very effectively at times. The Hyaks converted nine first downs in the game, and drove into Gulls territory three times. However, two of those drives ended with interceptions. The third ended with a turnover on downs.
Carte Bisby lead Raymond with 12 tackles, and Sida recorded 10 tackles to go along with his interception return for a touchdown.
The Gulls lead 35-0 at halftime. After back-up quarterback Rayce Newman scored on a 9-yard bootleg run with 4:26 left in the third quarter, the 40-point mercy rule was implemented and the remainder of the game was played on a running clock.
On Friday, Raymond returns to action at South Bend. Also on Friday, North Beach travels to Willapa Valley.