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Bulldogs conquer Raiders

October 20, 2012
By J.D. DeREU - Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The final home game for Riverdale was a 38-17 loss to the Ida Baker Bulldogs Friday night.

The leadership of Baker's seniors was evident on the defensive side of the ball. The game also featured stellar play by sophomore QB Sage Attwood.

The Bulldogs started the scoring when Trayvon Clarke kicked a 35-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Runs of 28 and 25 yards by Riverdale's Van Edwards put the ball on the Baker 5-yard line, but the Bulldogs' stout defense held the Raiders to a field goal.

Senior standouts included Bryan Tirado who recovered a fumble and recorded a sack. Regie Meant and Will Cunningham combined for a crucial sack and Jeremy Betts' interception slowed the Raiders.

The Bulldogs failed a fourth-down conversion from their own 29 and the Raiders seized the opportunity with 29-yard reception by Malcolm Smith from Jesse Lighthall, putting the Raiders up 10-3.

Penalties hurt the Bulldogs near the end of the first half, negating a 70-yard TD and plaguing them with poor field position.

Momentum shifted completely in the third quarter to the Bulldogs' advantage. Attwood hit Roy Denson for a 70-yard TD to tie the game at 10-10. On Riverdale's next possession, big hits by Brian Johnson on and a holding penalty forced the Raiders to punt.

The Bulldogs got a 20-yard run by Alex Febles, a 15-yard reception by Denson and a clutch 12-yard scamper by Attwood to convert on a fourth-and-one. The drive was capped by a Febles 13-yard TD run, giving the Bulldogs a 17-10 advantage they never relinquished.

Riverdale fumbled the kickoff at their own 5. The Bulldogs recovered at the 2. After losses on first and second downs, Attwood passed to Tyler Iverson for a TD for a 23-10 lead.

Riverdale pulled within 23-17 after Edwards plunged the ball in from the 1 to cap a long drive.

From there, the Bulldogs dominated the remainder of the game. Attwood tossed a 40-yard pass to Denson. Attwood then called his own number and ran for a TD from the 13. Febles converted the two point conversion. The Raiders fumbled with two minutes left and Attwood added a 38-yards TD run.

Ida Baker 0 3 20 15 - 38

Riverdale 0 10 0 7 - 17

IB - FG, Trayvon Clarke

R - FG, Brian Abrams

R - Malcolm Smith 29 pass from Jesse Lighthall (Abrams kick)

IB - Roy Denson 70 pass from Attwood (Clarke kick)

IB - Alex Febles 13 run (Clarke kick)

IB - Tyler Iverson 5 pass from Attwood (kick failed)

R - Van Edwards 1 run (Abrams kick)

IB - Attwood 13 run (Febles run)

IB - Attwood 38 run (Clarke kick)



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