Raiders take Homecoming

Master Sgt. Cullen Combs
Contributing writer

The Kaiserslautern Raiders scored all 22 points in the first three quarters and held on to defeat the Lakenheath Lancers 22-13 to get their first win of the year during Homecoming

“They played with passion; they saw that nothing was impossible. Even though we are undersized at nearly every position, this team won’t quit,” said Coach Clinton Robinson after the victory.

The Raiders took advantage of a fumble by the Lakenheath punt returner in the first minute of the game at the Lakenheath 28-yard line. The Raiders moved the ball with ease and junior running back Quentin Strawder got the game’s first score on a 15-yard run up the middle. The offensive line was opening up holes all day for Strawder who ended up with 105 yards rushing on eight carries in his first game as a Raider.

The second score came on a 26-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Donovan Morris to senior wide receiver Julian Smalls to make the score 14-0.

However, defense was the name of this game, as the Raiders allowed zero first downs in the first half. The Raiders defense scored their first safety of the year as junior defensive end Madison Hayes tackled the Lakenheath quarterback deep in their own end zone to make the score 16–0 at half time. The Lancer offensive did not have much success against this fired-up team, led by Hayes who had 12 tackles and one fumble recovery. Lakenheath was stopped three times on fourth down attempts, two of them deep in Raider territory.

The fourth Raider score was set up by Strawder in the third quarter as he busted up the middle for a 60-yard sprint to the Lakenheath 1-yard line. Then, Morris sneaked behind his tough offensive line to make the score 22-0.

Lakenheath came right back after that score on an 80-yard option play by the running back to make the score 22-7. Late into the fourth quarter the Lakenheath running back scored from 11 yards out on a fourth and goal.

Kaiserslautern stands at 1-2 overall.