Week 1 top performers, top games from Saturday

After taking the field for the first time in two years, the Proctor Raiders broke in the new facility at D’Alesandro Stadium with a 20-14 victory over the Corcoran Cougars.

“I’m just happy the kids are playing,” Coach Steve Strife said following the win. “The kids haven’t had a chance to play, they’re very excited to play.”

Early on, the players’ excitement may have been too much for the Raiders as they fumbled the ball away twice in the first quarter. 

Corcoran took advantage of the Raiders’ mistakes and jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

The Raiders responded with a 65-yard touchdown run from newcomer Treshawn Patterson to cut the lead to 7-6.

“I just wanted to put my team in a good position because we needed points so I thought I came up big on that play,” Patterson said of his first career varsity touchdown.

Corcoran added another score before the half to take the 14-6 lead.

After a less-than-stellar first half, the Raiders came out inspired after halftime.

“First game of the season, we haven’t even scrimmaged,” Strife said of the slow start for the Raiders. “The mistakes we were making (in the first half), we didn’t even know we were making them. Guys (coaches Byron Abraham and Paul Fillietti) did a good job making adjustments at halftime and we came out and played hard.”

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