Raiders Defense Sparks Team to Victory
RICHMOND, Va. (April 17, 2015) – The Richmond Raiders (2-3) defeated the Trenton Freedom (2-2) Saturday night in a good old-fashioned barnburner. This one came down to the final seconds and a two-point conversion attempt to allow the Raiders to hold on to a 52-50 victory. Behind a high-scoring 24 point second quarter, the Raiders earned their second win of the season.
The game initially looked bleak for the Raiders when Trenton jumped out to an early 22-7 lead in the first quarter. However, the Raiders would answer with a big second quarter of their own, taking a 31-29 lead into halftime. It was the Raiders defense, though, that came up with huge plays when needed to lead the team to victory. The defense recorded six sacks on the night for a loss of 24 total yards. Additionally, they forced two fumbles, one of which was returned by DL Christian Lacey for a touchdown. It would be those fumbles that would eventually doom the Freedom. The game came down to the final seconds when Freedom WR Richie Martin scored a touchdown as time expired to bring the Freedom within two. However, the Raiders defense would go on to make a huge stop by preventing the two-point conversion, and the team would hang on for a victory.
Richmond QB Jon Bane threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns, completing 20 of 37 passes. He also called his own number twice as he ran for two more touchdowns. Bane connected with three separate Raiders – WR Gerron Bryant, WR Devin Wilson and WR Herb Jones – to spread the scoring. Wilson led all Raiders in offense with ten catches for 118 yards, followed by Bryant who notched six catches for 69 yards.
The Freedom were led by QB Steve Panasuk. Panasuk, a former Raider, completed 22 of 33 passes for 257 yards and five touchdowns. Despite a stellar offensive effort, which included 249 yards, it would be Trenton’s two fumbles that would plague them in the end. WR Roger Jackson led the Freedom with nine catches for 102 yards, and WR Richie Martin was close behind with eight catches for 91 yards.
The Raiders move to 2-3 on the season and will next be in action against the Nashville Venom in Tennessee on April 25. That marks the first of their three-week road stand. The team returns home on May 23 when they again face the Trenton Freedom for McDonald’s Night-Lovin’ RVA. Ticketsfor all remaining home games start as low as $7 and are available on the Raiders’ website, www.RichmondRaidersProFootball.com, or by calling 1-855-GO-RAIDERS or 804-780-0430. Additionally, fans can contact the Richmond Coliseum box office or visit ticketmaster.com.