Well, Carey remained undefeated by surviving its trip to Kansas, claiming a 25-21 win over Lakota.
The Blue Devils really like to pound with their terrific fullback, Derek Stock, lull you to sleep and then have 200-pound halfback Matt Messmer come sweeping around the end. Messmer broke off a 55-yard run at the end of the Lakota game to wrap up the win.
The Raiders showed plenty of intensity for the game, as they came out determined not to lay down against the well-publicized Carey offensive line. Mike and Chris Kleman had fine games, hanging in there and doing their best to slow up Stock and make big plays. Chris Kleman blocked a punt and Mike got a couple of sacks on Blue Devil quarterback Tyler Brodman.
Down linemen Nathan Gonyer, Austin Podach and Cody Allison played inspired football up front for Lakota. and believe me, it’s no small task to stand in there play after play while the Carey line tries to wear you down and the 215-pound Stock comes barelling in behind them.
Linebacker Jeremy Robbins also played tough defense for the Raiders. Allison got some nice compliments from his coach in the Saturday edition (game story) of the paper.
The Lakota offensive line did a good job of giving quarterback John Timmons time. When that happened Timmons was able to find some of his recievers open deep. When the Raiders watched the films, I’m sure they agonized over the one that got away, as Timmons hit one receiver in stride behind the defense but the ball skipped off his hands. Ouch!
Roger Guerra sat this game out too, with an injured ankle. When he comes back I think Timmons will have a nice set of receivers to hit in Jacob Smith, Levi Peeler, Jake Wiseman and Guerra. The Raiders may just be able to put together a good passing game against a good team sometime soon and pull out a quality win.
Lakota has enough athletes, leaders and tough guys to still produce a successful season even though they are now 1-2 now. If the Raiders can bring the same kind of intensity to the field every week that they did against Carey, it may happen.