Football wraps up the season

Feature Photo By: Samir Mohammed – The Raiders defence swallows the Castle View Sabercats’ running back to stop a third and short run. The Raiders defeated the Sabercats on a chilly November night 31-21 to end their 2017 season on a two game win-streak.

By: Samir Mohammed, Review Staff

After a 10 week regular season, the Raiders concluded the 2017 football season with a 2-3 league record and 3-7 overall record. Although the Raiders did not perform as expected, many fans say they look forward to a promising future for the Rangeview football team and are grateful for the tenacity and drive of the players throughout the season.

Rangeview offense gets back on the field after a Sabercat timeout on fourth and short. The Raiders defeated the Sabercats on a senior night November 2nd 31-21 to end their 2017 season on a two game win-streak. (Samir Mohammed)

With the last game of the season behind us, the Raiders ended their season ranked fourth in the 5A Mt. Wilson football conference. The Raiders’ football game on November 2nd ended with a 31-21 win over the Castle View Sabercats. The Raiders’ last score came off of a 42-yard rushing touchdown by senior running back and linebacker, David Aggrey, who ran for 131 yards on 13 carries, helping the team triumph and add another win to the books.

“We didn’t accomplish our goal of winning a state championship, but we were able to set a new atmosphere bringing back the hardworking nature and constant tenacity to get better,” said Aggrey. “I feel like Rangeview has a bright future going further, but the players need to be willing to work hard and continue the hardworking atmosphere of Rangeview.”

November 2nd’s 31-21 win over Castle View was a much needed result for the Raiders on senior night. They were able to continue their win-streak to finish off the last leg of their season with a bang.

Track and running backs coach Chris Carhart said,  “I feel like we had a large senior class that finished the year strong and taught the younger guys about the legacy and respect for the game here at Rangeview. The boys will definitely be ready for track season come the spring.”

Junior wide receiver and cornerback Ethan Fray posted on the line of scrimmage awaiting the hike of the ball. Fray caught an interception in the Raiders’ endzone to stop the Sabercats’ comeback and seal the win for the Raiders. (Samir Mohammed)

According to MaxPreps, Rangeview is ranked 97th in the state and fourth in the 5A Mt. Wilson Football conference. With their 3-7 record, the Raiders mirrored last year’s record, and did not qualify for the 5A state playoffs for the second year in a row. Although the Raiders did not make playoffs, the team finished the season on a two game win-streak and this momentum could transition and benefit the team at the start of the 2018 season.

Junior Laura Vargas said, “With all the hard work the boys have been putting in, I’m sure they’ll perform well next year. Ending the season strong this year could really help them start off strong and do great things next year.”

With the departure of 22 seniors on May 21st, the future for Rangeview football is quite uncertain. One thing Raiders say they can continue to enjoy together is the cool fall breeze, NFL Sunday, and the spirit packed Friday night lights regardless of how many wins the team accumulates next year.

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