Little players, big-time drama

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Saturday’s game between two first-week winners in Richmond Youth Football’s 3rd to 5th Grade Division didn’t start well for the Tigers.

Although Nathan Quick’s team held the Raptors on downs after Brendan Gant took the first play from scrimmage 65 yards to the Tiger 2, the Tigers promptly fumbled on first down, returning possession to the Raptors at the 12. Quarterback Tyler Pyle cashed in, throwing left to Gant, who scored.

Things didn’t get any better for the Tigers, who fumbled on their second possession, leading to Austin Carter’s 34-yard score on an end around. It was 12-0 before the Tigers, 42-6 winners the opening week, could get on track.

Caleb Hall made that happen almost instantly, taking the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown down the right side with 1:12 left in the first period. Gaven Oldham’s 2-point conversion made it 12-8.

Although the Tiger defense then held the Raptors on 4th and 5 at the 3, Carter recovered a fumble in the end zone on the next play to make it 18-8. But the Raptors’ failed 2-point conversions came back to haunt them.

There were times in Saturday’s Eagles-Raptors game when it seemed not even four Tigers could catch up to Brendan Gant (43). Gant scored the Raptors’ first touchdown and later bulled over for another score to put his team up 26-22 with just 1:54 left in game.


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