Sterling, VA (September 8, 2017) – Entering tonight's contest, the Stuart Raiders and the Park View Patriots had exactly zero wins between them. The Raiders had previously lost a fairly close one to rival Annandale, 33-24. On the other hand, the Patriots gave up over sixty points in both of their previous games losing to TC Williams, 62-14, and James Wood, 66-28.
One team would have to come out with a win, right? Who would it be?
Chas Sumser Photography was there to capture the action and emotion and posted a gallery of images from the game.
The game started off positively for both teams. Stuart opened with a touchdown run from Marco Cesaratto, but Park View answered with a nice score of their own on a reception by Josiah Dentu. That seven-point tie held only momentarily as the Raiders went on to score two more touchdowns to end the first quarter with a 20-7 lead.
And then the gates opened up as the visiting Raiders offense took full control. Scoring five touchdowns, two by Elijah Jeffries, Stuart moved up and down the field with ease and their defense thwarted almost every attempt Park View made to move the ball. The Patriots were able to score one touchdown, by Kelvin Castro, but this quarter was really the story of the game, and made the second half somewhat irrelevant.
Or so it seemed...
It wouldn't be a surprise if Stuart sagged a little with such a big lead. It wouldn't be a surprise if the coaches gave some new players time on the field. It wouldn't be a surprise if they did a little of both. What would be a surprise is a little bit of a comeback from the home team, and that's exactly what happened.
The Raiders scored in the third quarter and extended their ultimately insurmountable lead to 57-14. For whatever reason, though, the fourth quarter was all Park View. Scoring three touchdowns and forcing a safety, the Patriots actually made the final score respectable and showed a lot of grit and no quit in the process. Losing by twenty points would otherwise seem like a thrashing, but this time it seemed like an achievement.
Final score: Stuart 57 - Park View 37.
|Players who could be clearly identified by jersey number are listed in the links below. Additional photos of these and other players may be found by reviewing the full gallery.|
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