The Richmond Raiders finished their home season by testing two long held axioms in indoor football. One belief is that if you hold your opponent under 200 yards and win the turnover battle by a large margin you will win games easily. The Raiders did just that and won; by one point in beating the Carolina Speed 37-36. The second axiom is that if you take care of business in your division you will make the playoffs. The Raiders will not make the SIFL playoffs despite clinching the Mid-Atlantic Division.
The Richmond defense held the Speed to 165 yards of total offense for the game. Carolina scored no offensive touchdowns in the first half. With this divisional win the Raiders move to 2-1 in the division with the closing game against Fayetteville. Richmond won the first meeting 61-43. The Raiders will fall short of the playoffs as they have clinched the 5th best record in the SIFL East.
Quarterback Antwon Young (Villanova / second start) passed and ran the Raiders into a 34-20 third quarter lead. He totaled 201 yards in total offense. However, it took the Raiders defense to overcome two Young turnovers that resulted in Carolina touchdowns with four interceptions and a blocked kick of their own. The effort capped an excellent year at home for the Richmond defense that still leads the league in sacks and tackles for a loss.
The Raiders wrap up their 2011 schedule June 11th at Fayetteville NC against the Fayetteville Force. You can reserve your 2012 Richmond Raiders season tickets by calling the Raider Ticket Hotline at 804-780-0430.
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