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Black Raiders Set Early Tone And Pull Away From Crusaders

I took in the 84th meeting between SC East and Bishop Heelan. There was a level of intensity in this game that started from the jump as it appeared there were at least 5,000 fans in attendance. The Black Raiders held Bishop Heelan to three offensive plays in their first possession forcing a punt.

On the second play from scrimmage, the Black Raiders had the field spread out as QB Luke Longval dropped back to pass the O-line gave him a nice pocket and then Longval took off after the receivers had run off defensive coverage and Longval took off for a 65-yard TD run down the right sideline at the 8:55 mark of the 1st Qtr to put the Black Raiders up 7-0 and momentum was on the Black Raider sideline right away.

After forcing another Crusader punt, the Black Raiders served up a steady diet of junior RB Brady Wavrunek on the ground and at the 2:31 mark of the 1st Qtr QB Longval found junior flanker Anthony Muhammad on a circle route inside for a 19-yd TD completion and he dove over the goal line and all the sudden it was 14-0 Black Raiders . Bishop Heelan ended the 1st Qtr with (2) first downs.

The Crusaders were not able to sustain any drives and were having a tough time dealing with the Black Raider defensive front as they exited the 1st Qtr with (2) first downs on offense. Wavrunek soon closed out a scoring drive with a 6-yard TD run at the 9:15 mark of the 2nd Qtr to build the lead to 21-0. The Crusaders showed some fight with a nice 17-yard TD throw by senior QB Kaleb Gengler to senior RB Teddy Saltzman with :04 seconds before halftime to close the gap to 21-7 at the half.

The second half got off to a slow start until junior LB Gavin Skoglund had a scoop and score off a Crusader fumble taking it 33-yards to the house for a touchdown extending the lead to 28-7 at the 5:39 mark of the 3rd Qtr. The humid night saw the Crusader defense on the field most of the night and had hands on knees late in the 3rd Qtr as they had spent much of the night on the field. The Black Raiders closed out the victory on the ground with a 33-yard TD run by Muhammad to make it 35-7 with 6:36 left to go in the 4th Qtr. The Black Raiders closed out the scoring on the night with a 33-yard TD run by senior RB Davante Simmons and a fumbled hold on the xp led to a 2-point conversion to make the final score 43-7 Black Raiders.

My eyes saw plenty of talent across the field from both SC East and Bishop Heelan teams. Here are some kids that caught my eye last night in no specific order.

SC East junior RB Brady Wavrunek is an instinctive tough inside runner that knows where the down marker is at all times. I was also impressed with senior Tyson Helseth-Bryan who had several nice runs.

The Black Raider defensive line from L-R. LDE Nick Wells, DT Cale Pittenger, DT Blake Hogancamp and RDE Sneider won the line of scrimmage battle against the double wing-single wing offense of the Crusaders which was bottled up for most of the evening.

WR Kelynn Jacobsen a 6-2 (175) runs very good routes and has good hands. You could see QB Longval /Jacobsen will be a nice duo as their continuity continues to develop.

Bishop Heelan seniors Michael Saulsbury and Grant Hegarty played good football games. Hegarty's night included a fumble recovery at the 7:43 mark of the 2nd Qtr. These two players will show senior leadership this week in practice and get the team ready for the trip to LeMars. Teams typically make good strides from game #1 to game #2. I Look for it here with the Crusaders


The Crusaders will look to get back on track next Friday at (0-1) LeMars

The Black Raiders will host (1-0) SC North next Friday at Olsen Stadium

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