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Raiders run over Sherman, 45-13
September 29, 2007 12:09 AM

Nick Gholson
Times Record News

With three starters out for the District 5-4A opener Friday night at Memorial Stadium, Rider's depth was put to the test.

Thanks to Carlon Moisant, Johnathan Fernandez and Mason Deerinwater - the Raiders passed with flying colors, whipping Sherman 45-13.

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With two fill-in offensive linemen - Moisant and Fernandez - Rider had a big night running the ball, gobbling up 318 yards on the ground.

Most of that came from the two star running backs. Damien Washington ran 11 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns, and Jurell Thompson had eight times for 126 yards, 89 of that for one TD.

The Raiders defense - with the sophomore Deerinwater filling in at middle linebacker - held Sherman running back Waymon James to only 44 yards on 15 carries.

James came to Memorial Stadium averaging 182 rushing yards per game.

"Forty-four yards?" Rider coach Scott Ponder said, amazed at the job his team on James. "I never would have thought that would have happened.

"The first district game is always the most important. We were happy to win in this fashion. We certainly didn't expect it."

Rider is 4-1 for the year. Sherman is 2-3 and riding a three-game losing streak.

Center Cole Vito injured his ankle in last week’s win over Plainview. Guard Justin Castro and middle linebacker John Fisher missed the game with staph infections.

Eric Ward's 53-yard return of the opening kickoff got this one started, helped Rider to a quick touchdown on Shavodrick Beaver's 17-yard pass to Chris Edmond.

Near the end of the first quarter, Thompson raced 89 yards for a score with Washington running right with him and throwing the final block.

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The Raiders should have had more than 14 points at halftime, but two touchdown passes were called back on penalties.

In the second half, Rider had no penalties against them.

Thompson's electrifying 80-yard punt return was the highlight of the Raiders' 28-point third quarter. Washington also had TD runs of 5 and 16 yards, and Ward scored on a 36-yard sweep.
James wasn’t completely silent in the game. The Sherman junior raced 95 yards to score on a kickoff return in the third quarter.

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Joey Neale kicked a 38-yard field goal, and Sherman backup quarterback Madison Carter scored on a 7-yard run in the final quarter.

Sports Editor Nick Gholson can be reached by calling (940) 720-3447 or 1-800-627-1646 (ext. 447) before 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or you can e-mail him at gholsonn(at) timesrecordnews.com.



Comments

Amazing. I hate that I live in Virginia during Football season!!

Posted by: Johnathan Levi Myers | September 29, 2007 6:50 AM

Great article! Any stat breakdown from the game?

Posted by: John | October 1, 2007 11:18 AM

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