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Wet conditions didn't slow down the offense on either side as the Raiders won at home Saturday.
JOHN WIMMER | Special to The Roanoke Times
Ryan Dent (22) of North Cross rushes for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Raiders’ 56-40 win over Blue Ridge on Saturday at North Cross High School.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Anyone who thought the soggy conditions at North Cross on Saturday would prevent an offensive shootout was mistaken.
North Cross and Blue Ridge combined for over 700 yards of offense in a persistent rain, but the Raiders came through with the game's final two scores to pull away for a 54-40 victory in a three-hour marathon.
Raider quarterback Max Revercomb threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns, but his 28-yard score to running back Ryan Dent with 10:06 left in the fourth put the Raiders up for good at 46-40. Revercomb completed the pass on a 4th and 9 play after a Raider timeout.
"We had another play called, but Coach Alexander called timeout and drew up the play," said Revercomb.
The Raiders put the game away later in the fourth when Dent scored again on a 12-yard run. It was one of four touchdowns for the North Cross (3-1, 2-1 Old Dominion Football Conference) running back .
"We have a young defense, but an explosive offense. I was hoping we could put a lot of points on the board today," North Cross coach Stephen Alexander said.
The victory overshadowed a huge performance from wide receiver PJ White for Blue Ridge (0-3, 0-1 ODFC). White rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a 12-yard TD strike in the second quarter.
White's 59-yard scoring run with 1:33 left in the third gave Blue Ridge their final lead of the game at 40-38.
Blue Ridge coach Orlando Patterson was proud of his team's effort and improvement, but felt his squad left opportunities on the field.
"From our defensive and special teams standpoint we have to take care of it better. We'd score, but then let them score on offense or special teams," Patterson said. "There were a bunch of mental errors."
The biggest threat on special teams for North Cross came from return man Isaiah Harris. He gave the Raiders their first lead at 14-13 in the second quarter on a 45-yard punt return and had several long kickoff returns to put North Cross in great field position.
"Harris was great. He put us in great spots," Alexander said. "He's a special athlete."
The contest was played in a steady rain that got heavier in the fourth quarter. While there were five turnovers , the conditions didn't seem to be a negative factor, at least for the offenses.
"In the first half I had a couple of balls slip out," said Revercomb. "In the second half, though, I changed up and got used to throwing it wet."
Blue Ridge 7 19 14 0-40
North Cross 7 13 18 16-54
BR - White 45 run (Peace kick)
NC - Cartledge 1 pass from Revercomb (Draper kick)
BR - White 97 run (kick failed)
NC - Harris 45 punt return (Draper kick)
BR - White 12 pass from Allen (run failed)
NC - Dent 1 run (run failed)
BR - Davis 89 pass from Allen (Peace kick)
NC - Lowery 33 interception return (kick failed)
BR - Pegram 20 run (Peace kick)
NC - Dent 31 run (kick failed)
NC - Lowery 62 pass from Revercomb (pass failed)
BR - White 59 run (Peace kick)
NC - Dent 28 pass from Revercomb (Dent run)
NC - Dent 12 run (Harris run)
First downs 17 17
Yards rushing 343 138
Passes C-A-I 4-19-2 14-28-2
Yards passing 170 227
Penalties-yards 8-64 10-80
Fumbles-lost 4-1 0-0
Punts-average 6-38 4-35
RUSHING - Blue Ridge, Pegram 22-132, DiSesa 2-14, Watts 3-7, White 9-214, Allen 5-(-24). North Cross, Dent 16-100, Harris 5-6, Revercomb 6-32.
PASSING - Blue Ridge, Allen 4-19-2-170. North Cross, Revercomb 14-28-2-227.
RECEIVING - Blue Ridge, Davis 2-143, White 1-12, Offor 1-15. North Cross, Lowery 6-127, Harris 2-21, Cartledge 2-5, Dent 4-74.
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