THE RAIDER NATION IS BACK

By Jonah Woullard

(October 11, 2010)- The question that was asked all last week in the city of Palmetto is, “Is the Raider Nation Back?” Well, last Saturday the Palmetto Raiders led by Coach Knight took huge steps towards answering that very question.

As always, in Greater Miami Pop Warner there was another highly anticipated match up. This time it would be the undefeated Overtown Rattlers taking on a one loss, Palmetto Raiders in the midgets division.

The stage was set, after the Rattlers came off one of the biggest wins in Pop Warner football, defeating the defending national champs, the Richmond Giants. There was talk that the Rattlers expended a lot of energy and focus into that previous game, and would have trouble maintaining that level of play two weeks in a row.

In the first couple of series, the Rattlers looked like they picked up right where they left off defensively. With the first couple of downs, the Rattlers continually tackled the Palmetto Raiders in their own backfield, eventually pinning the Raiders against their own end zone. This would lead to the game’s first score which was a safety as the Rattlers defense, lead by (Terry Jefferson #51), forced the Raiders running back out of the back of the end zone.

Lighting would strike twice in the same place after a turnover on downs, the Raiders would find themselves trying to start a drive off their own 5 yard line. This time the defensive charge was lead by Overtown linebacker (Brandon Boyd #4), forcing another safety, which brought the score, Overtown Rattlers leading the Palmetto Raiders 4-0, with 3:47 left in the first half.

Raiders would get the ball back after a turn over downs, and after a poor punt by the Overtown Rattlers, Palmetto Raiders would end up with great field position at the Rattlers 34 yard line. Then the game would suddenly change after a 15 yard penalty against the Rattlers, would even put the Palmetto Raiders in an even better position to score before the half. Raiders quarterback, (Deundre Pickett-White), would drop back to pass, and deliver a high arching pass to Raiders wide receiver, (Davante Davis #12) towards the back of the end zone for the game’s only touchdown. This would put the Raiders in the lead 8-4 over the Overtown Rattlers.

The second half would be a highlight reel for both defenses as Overtown talented offense lead by Rattlers quarterback, (Treon Harris #5), and Rattlers running back, (Richie Roger #21), wasn’t enough to punch it in against a swarming Raiders defense lead by, Raiders linebacker (Jameel Cook #9), and linebacker (Johnnie Hankins #4).

Look for both of these teams to continue to battle all the way to the end for supremacy of the Greater Miami Pop Warner midget division. But for today the Raiders walk away with a big win, and answer the all the old faithful Raiders’ fans question, “Is the Raider Nation Back?”

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Comment by man-child on October 18, 2010 at 3:28pm
@Gwen Cherry 70 lbs. If your 80's and 70lbs r undefeated at this point they the real deal. Coach Jacob know what he doing,I hope he do win the big one this year. And Coach Charles 4 the 80's they the real deal. Wish dem the best. Those 2 teams should bring home a Championship. But 105's up 160's got they work cut out 4 dem. I think the 135's will make it 2 the Championship But that Florida City 135's is clicking on all clinders. The the only team I think is a lock 2 repeat.
Comment by bulljohnson on October 18, 2010 at 1:29pm
u funny is hell we gne see if we gt a new team c** playoffs no mo talking we betta we focused na and lil baby alrite we dnt need we gt player u dnt knw about dats going to showing lil baby gne to high school and onion he say he gne let his playing do the talking our dfence gne hold it dwn we gt a awesome middle linebacker and leaders we gne see playoffs be there mr man child
Comment by man-child on October 18, 2010 at 12:08pm
BullJohnson blame the QB Chocolate Ha ! Well news flash Onion is no better ! Please call Lil Baby back cause Zay go need some help! Lmbo ! Don't blame the QB Blame who kept calling the same dumb plays. I seen your Richmond game and your Overtown game. If it wasn't 4 ya'll returning a fumble it would've been 26-6.And the Richmond game they left at least 1 to 2 Td's on the field. Tighten up Buddy ! Ya'll got a long way 2 go. So just chill and play ball.
Comment by bulljohnson on October 18, 2010 at 10:53am
THINK WAT U WANT BUT WEN WE SEE RICHMOND AGAIN WE WILL SHOCK THE WORLD OVERTOWN BEAT THEM AND ONLY REASON WE LOSE TO OVERTOWN BECAUSE OUR MISTAKE AND OUR HORRIBLE QUATERBACK #7 WE GT A WHOLE NEW TEAM JST BE HERE SUPER BOWL BECAUSE WE CUMING OUTTA ONE OF THOSE ENDZONEZ COME SUPER BOWL WE LOVE BEING THE UNDERDOG
Comment by man-child on October 18, 2010 at 10:19am
Gwen Cherry 160's r who we thought they were. They look like the same team, They just played a bunch of bottom barrel teams. Palmetto is the best team u beat so far. Nobody sleep on ya'll. U just not a contender at the time. I'm willing 2 bet that Richmond clean ya'll up again in the 2nd round. Ya'll Offense is shady u guys need a OL. Yeah u beat Palmetto which Overtown choked on that one,But they was suppose 2 win hands down. I heard they was in the Redzone 4 times. We'll they'll prolly play dem again in the 2nd round. And ya'll 135's FC go mop dem people again, 105's thatz a 1 man team wit Zach not enuff 2 beat LBC or OT. BULLjOHNSON CRAWL BACK IN YOUR WHOLE COME BACK OUT WHEN YA'LL GET 2 THE STC OR SOMETHING WHICH I KNOW YA'LL AIN'T. THE THRILL IS GONE !
Comment by bulljohnson on October 17, 2010 at 9:41pm
we still here man stay sleep on us
Comment by man-child on October 17, 2010 at 6:07pm
They r who we thought they were. And RB , They have a solid defense but there Offense sucks. They lucked up against Overtown and Gwen Cherry beat dem. Way 2 rebound Gwen Cherry still fighting. And Itz a 3 team race cause Palmetto needs a offense. Seen all the midgets play and I know one team that'll be there and it won't be Palmetto. Hate 2 say it but it is what it is.
Comment by R B on October 17, 2010 at 12:32pm
Yes we did Eddie. But as you know, 2 losses don't end your season. Everyone will be having revenge on their mind come playoff time because noone is undefeated and no one is unbeatable. One more week, and then let the fun begin.
Comment by bulljohnson on October 17, 2010 at 11:22am
we back stay sleep on us we love being the underdog overtown went and there playing and we took care of bussiness
Comment by Coach Bottom Line Eddie on October 16, 2010 at 4:39pm
tHE RAIDERS nATION .......... GOT IT TODAY THE BULLS WAY

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