Chargers record first victory after Raiders forced to forfeit amid injuries

By: Bryan Bedigrew
October 14, 2014

 

This past Friday, two 0-5 teams came together looking for their first win on the season. Senior running back Casey Willyard would lead the Jefferson County North Chargers (Ks.) with 105 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 28-6 victory over the Immaculata Raiders (Ks.). The victory would also be the first district win for Jefferson County North.

 

The Chargers (1-5, 1-4) started the game with the ball and impressed with a 10-play drive that culminated with a Willyard five-yard rushing touchdown and a 7-0 Charger lead over the Raiders (0-6, 0-6). 

 

It wouldn’t be until the second quarter that the Chargers would score again. Quarterback Bryce Noll’s two-yard run plus a Joel Abel extra point would increase the Jefferson County North lead to 14-0. The Chargers would put together another second quarter scoring drive, one that was capped by a Kyle Noll five-yard up-the-gut score for a comfortable 21-0 lead for the Chargers. 

 

The Raiders would try to put something together just before the half however, an already slim roster was dealt a huge blow when Raiders senior Tanier Karigan would go down with an injury and not return. This left Immaculata with only 10 players to finish the game.

 

Not giving up however, the Raiders would receive a big momentum push as with just seconds left before halftime, a complete pass to Michael Valenca to the Chargers four yard line would give them hope heading into the second half. Leading off the third quarter, the Raiders attempted to put something together but gave up the ball on a Valenca fumble on the Chargers 48 yard line. 

 

The Chargers would run seven plays leading to a Willyard three-yard run for a Jefferson County score and a 28-0 lead. 

 

With impressive perseverance, the Raiders would score on their next possession after a six play drive. Valencia redeemed his earlier fumble by putting the Raiders on the board with a two-yard touchdown. The extra point however would fall short making the score 28-6 with 5:04 left in the third. 

 

After the ensuing Raiders kick off, just two plays later Immacaulata would suffer yet another injury as Valenca hit the ground. With the team now down to nine players Raiders coach Fred Elliot elected to forfeit the game with 4:39 remaining on the clock in the third quarter. The Raiders would fall to 0-6 while the Chargers would secure their first win and push their record to 1-5 this season.

 

Willyard finished the game with the game with 105 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns.

 

Jefferson County North will travel to Valley Falls this Friday at 7:00. The game will be live on the NFHS Network and you can also follow along and stay up to date on Twitter - @DigitalScout