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Red Raiders dodge Arrows to win fifth straight

Story by Michael Browning

Photos by Chris Whitacre

NEW CARLISLE — The London Red Raiders football team traveled to New Carlisle to take on Tecumseh Friday night, and walked away with a 29-10 CBC, Kenton Ridge Division victory.

After stopping the Arrows on their first possession, London marched down the field behind senior running back, Antwaun Burns, who started the offense with a twelve yard gain, followed by a 50-yard run on the left side to put the Tecumseh defense on their heels. On fourth and a short two, Burns found a seam and burst through on an 18-yard touchdown to put London on the scoreboard. Ryan Fullmer added the PAT to move the score to 7-0.

After trading punts and field positions, Tecumseh found the end zone when their tailback, Jackson Berner, raced 40-yards to tie the game.

Tecumseh was again threatening to score, late in the second quarter, when on fourth down, sophomore Zach Jones batted a ball that junior Elijah Mitchell picked off to end the scare.

London then started to move the ball down the field, when sophomore, Damian Roby, who made his first varsity start, found Ayden Cooper on a slant that saw Cooper zoom 60-yards to put the Red Raiders back on top, 14-10 with 56 seconds to play in the half.

The Arrows got a great return on the kickoff, and a questionable pass interference call that could have been a Red Raider interception, set up a 40-yard field goal to tighten the lead to 14-10 going into the half.

The second half saw the Red Raider offensive and defensive lines take control. After a London punt and a Richard Dodson interception, the London offensive line took the bull by the horns and imposed their will, marching down the field to set up Burns second TD, this time from 6-yards out, and added the two-point conversion to increase the lead to 22-10 with 6:31 to go in the third quarter.

With the game winding down but not out of hand, Burns put the game away with an 18-yard TD run in which he was spun around, faced the wrong direction, somehow kept his balance, and bolted to the pylons to close out the scoring. Burns finished with 3 touchdowns and the two-point conversion.

“That’s a tough team who plays us hard and likes to play physical,” said London coach Kyle Cutler.

This was the fifth straight win for London, after starting the season 0-2. The Red Raiders, now 5-2 (2-0 in the conference) will play their last regular season home game next Friday against Kenton Ridge (3-4, 0-2) who lost to Jonathan Alder, 24-21 Friday Night. This game will be a “Pink Out” to support Breast Cancer research and the eventual cure for this terrible disease. Game time is 7:00 pm and also marks Senior Night for the London Football team and all of the Red Raider fall sports.