Raiders Take Third In 5A Football Semifinals

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Raiders Take Third In 5A Football Semifinals

Hannah Smith '20

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In the words of head coach Danny Filleman, “What a great day to play football!” At a cool and comfortable 60 degrees, no one could have asked for a better afternoon to wrap up a superb football season for the Regis Jesuit Raiders.

As kickoff ensued, it was plain to see just how fierce the fight for a spot in the finals would be. The first play made by the Raiders resulted in the first of many fumbles, the bane of their game. However, a fumble recovered by quarterback Justin Lamb led to the first and only touchdown for Regis Jesuit. A successful running play and field goal put the Raiders ahead with a score of seven to zero, and four minutes and thirty-six seconds left on the clock in the first quarter. In an attempt to tie the score, Pomona running back Cameron Gonzales was injured. Good sportsmanship was exhibited by both teams as he was carried off the field by paramedics. As the first quarter drew to a close, the excitement exhibited by players and fans became more tangible than ever. It could be sensed by all that this would be a game to be remembered.

The Pomona Panthers came roaring out of the gates as the second quarter began. Using a well executed running play, the Panthers tied the score, seven to seven. After an exchange of quarterback sacks and fumbles, the Panthers scored on a broken play, leading into halftime with a score of 14-7.

The Raiders proved they would not go down without a fight at the start of the third quarter. However, after two sacks and a forced punt, the Panthers scored a touchdown creating a 21 to 7 widening score gap. Moments later, a three point field goal decided the final score of 24-7 in favor of the Panthers.

Pomona Panthers head coach Jay Madden looks forward to next Saturday as he leads his team into the 5A football finals against Valor Christian. Conversely, finishing off the season with only two losses, first time head coach for the Raiders, Danny Filleman, has a lot to be proud of!

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