While students began to file home for fall break this past weekend, the Raiders traveled to Wilmington. The mid-season OAC matchup proved one thing, the Raiders get better each week. Both side of the ball showed up as the Raiders traveled three hours to be declared 63-6 winners.
Defense continues to be exactly what Coach Vince Kehres could ask for. As the team transition from less lineman and more linebackers, the success is more noticeable than ever. In previous seasons the Raiders ran four defensive lineman with two sub lineman and three linebackers. This season only three defensive lineman get snaps, while the Raiders have four linebackers consume the middle of the field. The result of the defense showed again when the Raiders gave up just one touchdown and gave up under 200 total yards. Other highlights from the defense included two interceptions and a blocked extra point for two points. The defense which started as a new experiment to start the year, may be the difference maker for team in search of another title.
The 91.1 WRMU player of the game was the entire Purple Raider offensive line. The guys up front usually go unnoticed, but it was undeniable how good the front five was. D’Angelo Fulford was untouched and had all day to throw for 265 yards and five touchdowns.
Fulford has options everywhere at receiver as four different receivers had two or more receptions. Justin Hill continues to shine as his stat line included seven catches, 163 yards, and two touchdowns. Hill, Wayne Ruby Jr.., Robby Kirchner, and Derrick Harvery Jr. make up a receiving core that motivates a pass first offense.
Next up the Raiders take on Capital at home on homecoming. Pre game begins at 12:00am on 91.1 WRMU with kickoff at 1:30.