October 5, 2010 > Raiders beat Jets in FFL action
Raiders beat Jets in FFL action
By Kevin Yin
Photo by Mike Heightchew
In a battle between the two teams tied for second place in Fremont Football League's American Division, the Raiders topped the Jets, 40-0, on Saturday morning, Oct. 2.
The Raiders took control of the game right at the outset, jumping to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter on two touchdown runs by running back Louie Clark. It was already apparent by this time that the Jets would have difficulty handling the Raiders' physically imposing offensive line. After the game, Raiders coach James Rogers praised the play of his front five.
"Robert Brooks and Allen Martin-actually our whole offensive line, but those are our two main guys-they're our horses," Rogers said.
Another rushing touchdown by Clark pushed the score to 24-0 early in the second quarter, but it was Clark's next touch that broke the Jets' back. On fourth down of their ensuing drive, the Jets punted to Clark, standing at his own 10-yard line.
Clark caught the ball and veered to his right, with several Jets players in pursuit. Upon reaching the sideline, Clark cut sharply and turned on the afterburners, leaving a succession of Jets pursuers behind him. The 70-yard punt return for a touchdown put the Raiders ahead 32-0 with 5:44 remaining in the first half.
"[Clark] is not the biggest guy in the world, but he's got a heart of gold, and he's a powerful, powerful runner," Rogers said of his tailback. "Good cutback guy, reads holes very well. He is our man."
The Raiders offense found moving the ball more difficult in the second half, with the Jets defense maintaining a high level of effort despite the lopsided score. Clark scored again on a run late in the third quarter, giving the game its eventual final score, 40-0.
Somewhat overshadowed by the Raiders' punishing rushing attack was the stifling play of their defense. Their shutout of a Jets offense that came into the Saturday averaging 24 points per game was their second shutout of the year.
"I was very proud of our defense. They were awesome," Rogers said. "I can't say enough about all 11 guys on the field."
With the win, the Raiders improve to 4-1, while the Jets fall to 2-2. The result sets the stage for a big match-up between the Raiders and the division leading Broncos (4-0) next Saturday, Oct. 9, while the Jets take on the Bears (1-3).
In other FFL action Saturday, the Continental Division-leading Chiefs defeated the Panthers, 22-0, thanks to an inspired defensive effort.
"Our defense had a great game, and made what I could call a defensive statement," Chiefs coach Raymond Adcock said in a report after the game.
The Chiefs scoring punch was provided by Jakobe Harris, who found a variety of ways to get the ball into the end zone, scoring touchdowns on an interception return, a punt return and an offensive run play.
The Chiefs advance to 4-0 with the win, while the Panthers fall to 1-3. The Chiefs play the Cardinals next Saturday, while the Panthers match up with the Giants.