Raiders defense shines in shutout of Falcons
Ryan Voge scored the only touchdowns of the game and the Raider defense held the Falcons out of the end zone in a Lake Park-Audubon 12-0 shutout of Fertile-Beltrami on the road Friday night.
Both of Voge’s scoring runs were from a yard out at 8:06 of the second quarter and an insurance tally at 4:20 of the fourth.
LP-A had the only scoring threat of the opening frame but the Falcons held on fourth-and-four at their own 18-yard line forcing an Voge incompletion on a pass attempt to Josh Cigelske.
The Raiders moved 55 yards on 11 plays on runs by Carter Raeen, Jack Osborne and Teddy Schauer. Raaen got to the one on a first down 14-yard rush to set up Voge’s touchdown.
The Falcons drove the Raider 25-yard line but were stopped by an Eli Noel tackle of Dylan Pearce on fourth down and two.
Marcus Dickelman-Stassen ended the half intercepting Pearce inside Raider territory to preserve the 6-0 lead at the horn.
Fertile-Beltrami took their opening drive of the third quarter all the way to the LP-A two, but Osborne stuffed Pearce on fourth-and-goal with four-minutes, thirty-seconds left in the third quarter.
The Raiders began a drive from the shadow of their own goal line and traversed down the field on 24 plays, 22 on the ground. A Voge pass from the nine-yard line fell incomplete on fourth down, but the Raiders took an entire quarter of play off the clock leaving the Falcons only four minutes to drive 91 yards for the win.
Their drive lasted one play as the Raiders forced a Pearce fumble and Raeen took the ball three times to get to the one and set up Voge’s plunge to go up 12-0.
LP-A prevented the Falcons (1-2) from reaching the red zone as the game wound down to the final minute.
LP-A gained 234 yards in the game, 217 rushing. The defense held the Falcons to 141 yards and won the turnover battle 3-0. Raider defenders stiffened on third downs allowing only one conversion on eight Falcon opportunities.
Pearce led all rushers with 124 yards on 37 attempts. Raaen and Osborne did much of the work for the Raiders gaining 89 and 86 yards, respectively. Raeen had a big defensive night also making 10 solo tackles.
The Raiders improve to 2-1 overall responding well after a tough 7-6 loss at Warroad in week one. The last LP-A shutout was Sept. 23 last season, a 40-0 home victory over the Badger/Greenbush-Middle River Gators (1-2).
LP-A looks for three in a row next Friday, Sept. 15 at home against the Gators. The Raiders have not posted three consecutive wins since the opening three weeks of the 2014 season.