Red Raiders stampeded by Longhorns 38-14
BY TIM SHIRER
(PAINESVILLE, OH) — Seven days ago, the Harvey Red Raiders trailed 28-0 midway through the second quarter of their conference matchup with Hawken. When time ran out on the fourth quarter clock the Red Raiders completed a comeback for the ages as they stunned Hawken 50-44 to keep their post season hopes alive. Friday night they faced the 8-1 Lutheran West Longhorns. Lutheran West 8-1 record (their only loss to Kirtland 21-0) includes eight wins against opponents with combined records of 18-44 and only one of those opponents is above .500 that being Cuyahoga Heights who is 6-2 on the season. Things did not go well for the Red Raiders as the shorthanded and young team made enough mistakes for the Longhorns to easily prevail 38-14.
The two teams who can score a lot of points, but also feature shut down defenses put defense on display in the first half. Lutheran West drove down the field on their first drive but failed to score a touchdown and settled for a 26-yard field goal from Bryce Groppe.
The rest of the first half was a classic defensive battle as neither team could get anything going. Lutheran West looked as though they were going to cross the goal line with about three and half minute left on the clock in the second quarter, but the Red Raiders had other ideas stopping them on downs at the Red Raiders.
After the Red Raiders took over on downs at the four-yard line with 3:18 left in the first half they could not convert. After a Caven Wise completed pass was fumbled the Longhorns took back possession at the Harvey 17-yard line with 1:24 left. Three plays later senior quarterback Clay Noble kept the ball and took it into the endzone from six yards out. The extra point was converted by Groppe, and the Longhorns led 10-0 which was the score at halftime.
The Red Raiders had -13 yards offense in the first half while the Longhorns tallied only 86 yards.
Both teams got their offenses going in the second half. The Longhorns struck first after the break with 11:00 left in the 3rd quarter they took over possession at the Harvey 38-yard line and just four plays later Noble once again kept the ball and this time ran the ball in from four yards out with 9:09 left in the quarter and after the extra point by Groppe Lutheran West extended their lead to 17-0.
The Red Raider looked like they had enough of the other offense being successful and they joined the party. They put together their best drive of the game when they marched 80 yards on 11 plays, and it was capped off when freshman sensation Shahn Alston took the ball into the endzone from nine yards out to get the Red Raiders on the board. After freshman Antonio Soto-Rodriguez put the extra point through the uprights Harvey had cut the lead to 10 points at 17-7 with 4:47 remaining in the third quarter.
The turning point of the game came next after Harvey had stopped Lutheran West on a three and out and got the ball back. Looking like the momentum had turned in their favor the Red Raiders once again turned the ball over and the Longhorns were set up again taking over possession at the Harvey nine-yard line. Just two plays later sophomore JaMarrion Banks carried the ball into the endzone from four yards out with :17 left on the 3rd quarter clock giving the Longhorns a 24-7 lead after the extra point was good.
Things didn’t get any better for Harvey’s offense as they continued to struggle as they were missing their starting center and one of their tackles. A bad snap and a sack which resulted in an eight-yard loss resulted in the Red Raiders turning the ball over on downs. Lutheran West took possession at the Harvey 30-yard line with 8:29 left in the game. Five plays later Noble struck again. This time he took the ball into the endzone from 14 yards out giving Lutheran West a 24-point lead at 31-7 with 5:45 left.
The final nail in the Red Raiders proverbial coffin came when Lutheran West freshman Jamyan Theodore took a pick-six back 34 yards to give Lutheran West a 38-7 lead.
The Red Raiders did manage to get the ball in the endzone one more time on a 40-yard run by Alston making the final score 38-14.
The Red Raiders did have 255 yards in the second half for a game total of 242 yards. While Lutheran West totaled only 171 yards in the game. But the mistakes were what decided the game. The youthful Harvey made more of them, and Lutheran West took advantage probably ending the Red Raiders hopes of post season.
POSTED 10/21/2022 23:23