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December 9, 2007
Everman's late rally sinks Raiders, 21-19

By Andy Newberry

Originally published 11:13 p.m., December 8, 2007
Updated 02:40 a.m., December 9, 2007

IRVING, Texas - Everman's game is run, run, run, but a fourth-down desperation pass on the final play of the third quarter set the stage for a fourth-quarter rally.

The Bulldogs were about to be down 13-0 without the ball with 12 minutes to go, but a fourth-and-18 conversion, one of only three completions in the game, allowed Everman to overcome that deficit with three fourth-quarter touchdowns.

The Bulldogs then stopped a two-point conversion with 50 seconds left to beat Rider, 21-19, Saturday night in a thrilling Region I-4A championship game at Texas Stadium.

Everman rode the legs of C.J. Jennings for 211 yards on 30 carries. He scored touchdowns of 1 and 15 yards in the final quarter and Ryan Smith (90 yards) added a touchdown run.

Everman (14-0) gave Rider one last chance by scoring its final touchdown. Raiders coach Scott Ponder let Jennings have his 15-yard score with 1:32 left as they were out of timeouts and down 14-13.

The strategy worked as Beaver connected with Damien Washington for 16 yards and then threw deep to Eric Ward for 39 yards. The next play was all Ward, who broke a seemingly harmless 4-yard catch for a 32-yard touchdown with 50 seconds remaining.

The Raiders (12-2) tried a bootleg on the two-point conversion, but Beaver came up just short in his dive for the right pylon. The onsides kick went out of bounds and Rider was left with a third disappointing Region I-4A championship loss in the last four years.

"It was a double motion-type play and we’ve done it for years," Ponder said. "It kind of broke down, but he scrambled and we thought he got there."

For the Bulldogs, it was another stunning comeback. The team has rallied to beat Aledo and Stephenville in the district season. It earned them a date with Region II-4A champion Highland Park in the Class 4A Division II semifinals.

"We talked about that at halftime," Everman coach Dale Keeling said. "We've been down before and we said the second half was our half. And our guys didn't give up."

Rider led 6-0 at halftime on a pair of Joey Neale field goals (34, 23), but the junior place-kicker came up short on a go-ahead attempt from 46 yards at the 2:34 mark of the fourth period.

The possession before that, Ward fumbled after catching a quick screen, giving Everman all the momentum.

"That was huge! Gigantic!" Ponder said of the team's lone turnover. "Everman has a great football team and they made us make mistakes.

"It's a tough pill to swallow, but they have a great team and took it to us."

Ward (five catches, 116 yards) had extended Rider's lead to 13-0 in the third quarter with a brilliant 26-yard touchdown reception, one play after a dropped pass. Beaver fired the ball between two defenders and Ward caught it clean and snuck into the end zone.

Rider controlled the first half, but had trouble close to the goal line on two good drives and settled for a 6-0 halftime lead.

"The real difference in the game was our ineffectiveness offensively in the first half," Ponder said.

Beaver connected on four of his first five passes as Rider took the opening drive from its own 38 to the Everman 12-yard line. But the Bulldogs' end Dejuan Lee stuffed Damien Washington for a 5-yard loss on first down and Beaver misfired on second and third.

Neale was perfect on a 34-yarder to give the Raiders the lead. He added a 23-yarder on the first play of the second quarter. Neale also had two field goals in the first half against Stephenville in the area round.

Neale's second kick was set up by a 24-yard punt return by Jurell Thompson followed by a 19-yard catch-and-run by Washington, who made a very skilled grab in the flat from a rushed Beaver.

The Raiders were inside the 1-yard line, but Washington was marked just short on a power play, Beaver fumbled the snap on third down and Rider had a false start when it was ready to go for six points on fourth down.

Everman didn't make a first down in the opening period but got its running game going in the second. After being held to 10 yards in the first 12 minutes, the Bulldogs racked up 128 in the second, 106 of that on the ground.

Jennings had 63 yards on 11 carries in the first half and Ryan Smith added 47 on seven carries.

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November 30, 2007
Rider romps to 56-0 win over Estacado

Andy Newberry
Times Record News

ABILENE, Texas - Damien Washington was held to 12 yards Friday night. And the Rider running back was all smiles afterward.

That's because the Raiders scored their 12th win, Washington scored four touchdowns and there’s a chance the senior will be playing at Texas Stadium next weekend.

Washington scored four first-half touchdowns as Rider took a 45-0 lead and coasted to a 56-0 shutout of Lubbock Estacado.

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The Raiders (11-1) will face the Everman-Hereford winner for the Region I-4A championship. If it's undefeated Everman, the game is tentatively set for next Saturday night at Texas Stadium. If Hereford pulls an upset, the Region I-4A final would likely be in Lubbock.

"It's real exciting," Washington said. "I've always wanted to play there because that's where the Cowboys play. I think we're ready for it (the regional final)."

Junior receiver Eric Ward, who led the team with three catches for 64 yards, agreed.
"It's exciting," Ward said. "It feels good to be playing somewhere a pro team plays. Makes you want to play like a pro."

If Everman wins, it'll be Ward’s first trip to Texas Stadium.

The Raiders were focused from the outset against an overmatched Estacado team as Jurell Thompson opened the scoring with a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown.

That set the tone for a record-setting night for Rider. The 56-point margin broke the previous school record of 48, set last year in a 48-0 shutout of El Paso Chapin.

It will be the Raiders' third trip to the regional finals in the last four seasons.

"We try to come out and play every game like it's our last one," Ward said. "You have to start at 0-0."

Thompson finished the scoring for the Rider starters just 115 seconds into the second half with a 10-yard touchdown run and a two-point run as the holder. That made the score 53-0.

Joey Neale kicked his second field goal of the night in the fourth period to cap it off.

Rider quarterback Shavodrick Beaver also scored on a 41-yard run and connected with Washington on a 33-yard TD pass. Beaver scrambled away from pressure and took a dump-off to Washington. The senior running back made several defenders miss and picked up some good downfield blocks en route to his second receiving score of the year.

Washington also scored on runs of 4, 1 and 3 yards. Thompson rushed for 50 yards on five carries before leaving. Andre Inglis came off the bench to lead the team with 63 yards on seven carries. He also had a 30-yard reception on a screen pass.

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November 27, 2007
Estacado on a roll after 0-3 start

Andy Newberry/Times Record News
The Rider Raiders don't have to go back far in the memory bank to recall that games aren't won on paper.
The Raiders (11-1) faced a 4-6 Springtown club in the bi-district round of the playoffs and the 9-1 and state-ranked Raiders went to halftime tied 7-7.
This week's Region I-4A semifinal opponent, Lubbock Estacado, has a similiar story. The Matadors opened the season 0-3. They gave up 61 points to a Class 3A team (Snyder) and came into the playoffs as the third-place team from District 4-4A.

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November 25, 2007
Raiders escape despite offensive woes: Rider has near-miss because of offensive slowdown

Andy Newberry

Times Record News

There was much jubilation for the Rider Raiders after beating Stephenville, 32-29, on Friday night. But there was no mistaking the sense of relief on their side of Texan Stadium in Justin.

The Raiders had no trouble figuring out how to get ahead of Stephenville - 16-0 at half, 23-0 in the third quarter and 32-13 in the fourth - but playing from ahead was quite a problem.

Maybe the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys have latched onto something in that area. A good miracle-prevention plan is to aggressively add to an already big lead.

It's easier said than done, of course, especially at playoff time. And this time an early offensive shutdown only meant a narrow escape, not a heartbreaking loss.

The road to a state championship usually involves a near-miss or two. Rider (11-1) will continue to chase that dream on Friday against Lubbock Estacado at Shotwell Stadium. Kickoff for the Region I-4A semifinal will be at 7:30 p.m.

"We were pretty ineffective down the stretch offensively," Rider coach Scott Ponder said. "We did some good stuff at the start, but it was a matter of mistakes with turnovers and penalties."

The Raiders, knowing that running inside would be tough all night, brilliantly took control of the game by spreading the field and playing a turnover-free first half. Shavodrick Beaver was the star of the show, throwing the ball 23 times for 157 yards and running it seven more times for 40 yards and a touchdown.

If the half had been penalty-free offensively, the Raiders would have led at least 24-0 at halftime. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at the Stephenville 1-yard line cost the team four points and an illegal shift did the same, negating another Beaver score.

But those mental mistakes didn’t appear as if they'd figure into the outcome.

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November 23, 2007
Raiders escape comeback by Yellow Jackets, 32-29

Andy Newberry
Times Record News

JUSTIN, Texas - The Rider defense played almost a flawless first half as the Raiders got off to a 16-0 lead.

And when Raiders linebacker John Fisher returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the second half, it appeared the Rider defense had put the finishing touches on Stephenville's playoff hopes for a second straight year.

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But the Yellow Jackets didn't become a powerhouse by giving up. They started throwing the ball all over the field, recovered an onside kick and forced three Rider turnovers.

So there in the last two minutes of the game were the Jackets, needing just 35 yards to overtake the Raiders. And then Fisher and Tyler Tackett put the finishing touches on a 32-29 victory with three sacks in the final four plays to seal spot in the Region I-4A semifinals next week.

Fisher's first-down play put the Jackets into second-and-17 from the 42-yard line. A dropped pass on second down was followed by Tackett sacks. Tackett finished with three of the team's eight sacks on the night.

Spano kept getting hit, but the Oklahoma State signee kept getting up. He was also intercepted four times, including Fisher's pick-6. But he also threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns, all in the last 25 minutes of the game.

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"It just showed you that they came out here to fight," Fisher said of Stephenville's near comeback. "We gotta play. We kind of let down, but in the end we pulled it off."

Fisher's sack came at a time when the clock wasn't really Stephenville's enemy. But once he put Spano into second-and-long, the run was no longer an option.

"Coach Gar (James Garfield) called a blitz and they didn't touch me at all," Fisher said. "He (Spano) showed great composure and kept throwing. We just pulled it off.

"In the first half we were real solid. In the second half we were a little week over the top, but it's nothing we can't fix."

Stephenville coach Chad Morris didn't win the battle, but he couldn't help but be proud of the way his team fought all the way. The Jackets were down 16 at halftime, behind by 23 in the third quarter and still down 32-13 early in the fourth quarter.

"We talked at halftime, down 16 and give them another seven right away to start the second half," Morris said. "We couldn't dig ourselves too much of a big hole, but our kids never gave up, they never quit, they kept fighting, digging and clawing.

"Rider's a good football team, there's no doubt about that. It came down to the end, we had a chance to win the game and that's all we ask to have."

Morris felt Fisher's sack changed the last drive.

"The sack defnitely put us in long yardage and that was hard for us," Morris said. "It's definitely a good (rivalry), you hate for it to end like this for either team to go home tonight."

Rider led 16-0 at halftime as Joey Neale had more field goals (three) than Spano had completions (two). Neale's kicks travelled 33, 24 and 36 yards and Shavodrick Beaver added a 15-yard touchdown run.

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November 16, 2007
Raiders pull away in second half for 42-14 win

Andy Newberry
Times Record News

DENTON, Texas - Springtown was thinking upset for a half on Friday night. The 0-5 start to the year was a distant memory as the Porcupines battled No. 6 Rider toe-to-toe.

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The Porcupines tied the game at 7-7 as the second-quarter buzzer sounded on a 27-yard pass from Wilson to Rhett Ballard.

That may have turned out to be the best thing for the Raiders, who after that punch in the stomach came back with 35 second-half points to score a 42-14 Class 4A bi-district victory at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

The Raiders (10-1) will face Stephenville (10-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Justin Northwest.

"We obviously did not come to play at all and they did," Rider coach Scott Ponder said. "They let us know that we still got work to do and prepare every week."

The Rider coach felt the second-half turnaround "showed character. They are great kids and have had a great season, but we didn’t want it to end right now," Ponder added.

"Springtown came to play and it showed," he said. "They outplayed us (in the first half)."

Rider quarterback Shavodrick Beaver had to use patience and his legs to beat a scrappy Springtown defense that usually dropped seven players into pass coverage, denying the deep ball. Beaver eventually did win the battle, finishing with a season-high 95 yards and a touchdown rushing and another three touchdown passes.

Jurell Thompson rushed for a game-high 102 yards on 12 carries and he scored three touchdowns. The first was a 33-yard TD pass from Beaver for the only Rider score of the first half. He ended the night with 161 yards of total offense and for a brief moment he tied Eric Ward for the touchdown lead.

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November 10, 2007
Raiders roll past Coyotes, 56-13

Andy Newberry
Times Record News

The Rider Raiders didn't score first or last on Friday night. They just dominated everywhere in between with 56 consecutive points.

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Rider used four interceptions on defense and four Damien Washington touchdowns to blast Wichita Falls High School, 56-13, before more than 13,000 fans at Memorial Stadium.

The No. 6 Raiders won their first undisputed district championship under Scott Ponder with a 6-0 record in District 5-4A. They will face Springtown at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Collins Athletic Complex in Denton.

The Coyotes (7-3, 4-2) had a three-game winning streak snapped, but will start at home in the playoffs on Friday night against Birdville, a rematch of last year’s bi-district playoff.

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WFHS opened the game by scoring on an 88-yard drive. Ben Henderson read the option perfectly on a 64-yard run to the Rider 7-yard line and Ryan Robison scored on the next play.

The next eight touchdowns belonged to Rider, which set a series record for points scored in a game. The Raiders lead the series 26-16-3.

Four of the touchdowns were by Washington, who gained a game-high 100 yards on 11 carries. Chris Edmond caught two touchdowns (42, 6) from Shavodrick Beaver, while receiver Eric Ward and offensive linemen Tanner French scored rushing TDs to cap it off.

Rider substituted liberally and didn’t score in the fourth quarter.

The Coyotes moved the ball some throughout the game, finishing with 296 yards. But after Henderson's 64-yard run, there were no more big plays against the Rider defense. And 114 of the yards came in the fourth quarter.

"They make it hard on you," WFHS coach Travis Pride said. "They're physical and if you make mistakes or turn the ball over then that happens. And we played tentative."

The Raiders didn't have to double cover Isaiah Anderson the whole game like some teams did. That’s because they trusted Dorian Petty to cover and their pass rush to keep Henderson from having too much time.

The first key defensive play of the game belonged to Zach Shaver, who stopped Antwone Moore on fourth-and-one from their own 15 on the first play of the second quarter.

That set up a 13-yard touchdown by Washington to give Rider a 14-6 lead.

Washington's second score, a 4-yard run, was set up by a couple of spectacular defensive plays by Petty. First, the Rider cornerback stuffed Robison in the backfield to turn second-and-one into third-and-five. Next, Petty picked off Henderson and returned the ball 54 yards to the WFHS 4.
Markelle Martin, John Fisher and Tim Carlson also had interceptions against Henderson before the night was done.

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November 3, 2007
Raiders rip Ryan, clinch at least a share of 5-4A title

Nick Gholson
Times Record News

The shootout turned into a blowout Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

And it didn’t take long for that to happen.

Shavodrick Beaver and Eric Ward hooked up for three touchdown passes in the first 16 minutes - and it just got worse from there for Denton Ryan.

Rider roared out to a 38-0 halftime lead and then put it in cruise control for a 45-7 win that clinched at least a share of the District 5-4A championship for the fifth straight year.

The Raiders (8-1; 5-0) can win the title outright with a win over Wichita Falls High School in the final game of the season back here next week. Ryan (5-4; 4-1) can still get a three-way piece of the district championship with a win over Denton High next year and a Coyote win over Rider.

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But Rider wasted little time showing Denton Ryan who was boss.

"We were looking forward to this game. We were excited about it. It was definitely a focus for us," said Rider coach Scott Ponder, whose No. 6 Raiders are now riding a six-game win streak.

The Beaver-to-Ward connection produced touchdown passes of 45, 15 and 12 yards to put Ryan in a big hole early.

"They came after us, and it freed up some things. They were bringing some heat to stop our running attack, and we were able to hit him (Ward) quick, and he made some plays," Ponder explained.

"We have a good relationship," Ward said of Beaver. "We can read each other."

Ryan turned the ball over on its first two possessions. Boris Matthews' recovery of quarterback Austin Axtell’s fumble set up Ward's second touchdown, and John Fisher's interception stopped the next drive.

Then the Rider defense put points on the board.

Fisher picked up running back Jay Catlin's fumble and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown and a 28-0 led with 5:21 left in the first half.

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October 27, 2007
Raiders roll past Denton, 41-7

Andy Newberry
Times Record News

DENTON, Texas - Rider senior Ryan McDonald makes his share of plays for the No. 5-ranked Raiders every Friday night, but usually he's the one chasing quarterbacks.

The 6-0, 205-pound senior linebacker got to see how the other half lives on Friday as he directed a 13-play scoring drive as the backup quarterback, and he later made an interception on defense in Rider’s 41-7 victory over Denton at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

The Raiders (7-1, 4-0) knew staying focused was the real test this week and they managed to take care of business early with three first-quarter touchdowns before McDonald had a chance to play the second period.

The three first-quarter possessions totaled only 11 plays, while the one in the second quarter was anything but a McDonald’s drive-thru. The Raiders took eight minutes and 52 seconds off the block with mostly running plays, but McDonald completed two of four passes for 13 yards on the possession and also ran for a pair of first downs.

"It was real fun," McDonald said. "It was kind of different, but I'm getting the hang of it. I probably should have went down the middle of the field on my interception.

"We worked hard and tried not to look past any opponents."

McDonald said the team is looking forward to playing Denton Ryan (5-3, 4-0) this coming week at Memorial Stadium.

Jurell Thompson capped McDonald's march with a 19-yard touchdown run, his second of the night. He opened the scoring with a 3-yard TD run.

Beaver also kept his top two wideouts involved. Chris Edmond (five catches, 69 yards) caught a 35-yard touchdown pass on a deflection and Eric Ward (three receptions, 40 yards) caught a 19-yard strike from Beaver in the final minute of the first period.

Beaver was 5-of-5 for 69 yards and two scores in his first-half stint. He finished 9-of-14 for 159 yards with one interception, an under-thrown deep ball that was nearly a touchdown.

Denton used a running clock on several occasions to shorten the game. As a result, the Raiders finished with just 301 yards.

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October 12, 2007
Raiders crush Denison, 63-21

Nick Gholson
Times Record News

He ran on the outside. And scored.

He ran inside. And scored.

He caught long passes. And scored.

He caught short passes. And scored.

Eric Ward did it all for the Rider Raiders.

The junior wide receiver only touched the ball seven times on offense - just once in the second half - but he made the most out of it, accounting for 169 yards of total offense and scoring four touchdowns in Rider's 63-21 blowout of Denison Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

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The win makes the No. 7 Raiders 6-1 overall and 3-0 in District 5-4A. Denison falls to 2-4 and 1-1.

All of Ward's touchdowns came after Rider already had jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first 7½ minutes of the opening quarter.

The Raiders took full advantage of Denison's problems with a stiff south wind in the first quarter.

An 18-yard punt let Rider start its first drive at the Jackets' 25, and it took just three plays for Shavodrick Beaver to connect with Chris Edmond on 20-yard touchdown pass.

Jurell Thompson then scored on a 7-yard run after taking a direct snap out of the quarterback position and following the block of Damien Washington around the left side for a 14-0 lead.

Markelle Martin's 33-yard punt return gave the Raiders the ball at 20 to start their third drive, and this time Washington ran 4 yards for the score.

Ward scored the next four Rider touchdowns.

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October 6, 2007
Rider coasts past Guyer, 48-10

Andy Newberry
Times Record News

DENTON, Texas - Just in case the Rider Raiders planned to sleepwalk through Friday night's game, Denton Guyer surprised them with an onside kickoff to start the game.

The Wildcats recovered the kick, but they never recovered as soon as Rider began its assault on their end zone.

The Raiders scored 34 points before halftime and coasted to a 48-10 win over Guyer at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

Rider (5-1, 2-0) earned high marks for efficiency in the first half with 344 total yards, 13 first downs and no turnovers. The Raiders ran for 179 yards on 18 attempts, and passed for 165 more on 14 tries.

"I just wanted to get rid of the ball fast and use it as a game for me to mature in the pocket," Rider quarterback Shavodrick Beaver said after his 13-of-17 performance.

Beaver passed for 184 yards, almost 11 yards per attempt, and used five different receivers. He hit Damien Washington (21 yards) and Eric Ward (40) for touchdowns, giving him 14 TD passes on the season.

"We did a good job of being focused and ready to play," Rider coach Scott Ponder said. "It was a good night for us. We wanted to get some things done and I think we’re better than we were (last week)."

Beaver had a nice view of some good work by his offensive line, too. The Raiders rushed for 318 yards with Jurell Thompson (146 yards, three touchdowns) and Damien Washington (117 yards rushing, one TD) providing the bulk of the running.

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September 29, 2007
Raiders run over Sherman, 45-13

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.

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September 21, 2007
Rider hits "fast and hard" in 51-0 rout

Nick Gholson
Times Record News

Rider coach Scott Ponder admitted earlier this week that his team was suffering a bit of a hangover from last Saturday night's 27-15 loss to Stephenville.

But they quickly found a cure on Friday night.

A big dose of Plainview was just what the doctor ordered.

The Raiders came up with three big plays and 28 points in the first quarter and blew the Bulldogs away 51-0 at Memorial Stadium.

Rider ended the non-district part of its schedule 3-1. Plainview is 0-4.

All Rider's big first-quarter plays came after quarterback Shavodrick Beaver led the Raiders 75 yards in 10 plays on their opening drive, which ended in a beautiful 27-yard touchdown run by Jurell Thompson.

Then Markelle Martin had a 62-yard interception return to set up a Damien Washington touchdown run, and Beaver completed a 47-yard touchdown pass to Chris Edmond and a 63-yarder to Eric Ward to shake Plainview’s confidence early.

"We thought about Stephenville all week, so we had to start off fast," said Beaver, who also had a 5-yard touchdown run and threw another 19-yard scoring shot to Edmond in the third quarter.

"We came out fast and hard, which is what we wanted to do. Then it got pretty tough down the stretch. We are glad to get out of here alive," Rider coach Scott Ponder said.

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Ponder said after the game, Plainview coach Marty McClintock "told us we had no class."

"They are mad at us, and I guess we are mad at them. They thought we were trying to run it up, but I don't know what else we could have done. They were bringing the heat on us. We had to protect our kids. I'm not going to just hand off and watch our kids get killed," the Rider coach said.

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Raiders facing a different Plainview team

Nick Gholson
Times Record News

Two years ago, Jamar Wall ran for 2,735 yards and 42 touchdowns for Plainview.
Then when Wall left for Texas Tech, along came Evan Hearn, who rushed for 2,466 yards and 32 touchdowns last season.

Now Hearn is gone, leaving Kody Thrasher and Melvin Shivers to carry the running load.
A week ago, the Bulldogs' two combined for a mere 76 yards rushing in a 21-12 loss to Canyon Randall.

Things have certainly changed at Plainview High.

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September 9, 2007
Big-play Rider rallies past Midland Lee

MIDLAND, Texas -- With all the turnovers the Midland Lee and Rider football teams caused --and committed -- in Week 0 victories, it looked like turnovers would be the key to Saturday's meeting between the two.
Apparently, just plain stopping somebody mattered a bit more.

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August 31, 2007
Rider 31, Frenship 7

Andy Newberry
Times Record News

ABILENE, Texas - After stumbling through a four-turnover first half, Rider scored twice in 89 seconds early in the second half Friday to finally solve Frenship, its nemisis a year ago.

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August 30, 2007
Rider returns star power for home-heavy schedule

The Rider Raiders did a lot of traveling a year ago, making several long trips months before the playoffs even came around.

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