THREE OAKS — The Red Arrow Raiders broke out their new uniforms for an exciting Sept. 11 daytime battle with Tri-Unity Christian played on the River Valley field.
The RV-New Buffalo cooperative high school football squad was looking for its first on-field win, and when a six-yard touchdown run by Michael Bombin gave the Raiders a 22-20 lead late in the third quarter that goal seemed within reach.
But the Defenders finished on a 22-8 run to prevail 42-30 (it was their first victory of the young season).
The Raiders opened the scoring with 6:55 left in the first quarter with a 23-yard rush to the end zone by Ben Coffeen followed by Bombin’s two-point conversion surge.
Tri-Unity caught up quickly as Vergel Heath returned the ensuing kick-off 80 yards and tacked on two more points with a much shorter run.
Coffeen found the end zone again late in the second stanza (from two yards out) and Bombin fired a two-point conversion pass to Andrew Flick to give the Red Arrow Raiders a 16-8 half-time lead.
The Defenders vaulted on top 20-16 with a pair of third-period scores (a two-yard Heath run and his 30-yard scoring strike to Josh Rillema).
Try-Unity scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, all by Josh Rillema (a 75-yard sprint to the end zone, a 10-yard push to pay dirt, and a late 65-yard pass from Heath that sealed the deal after Bombin had rambled 47 yards to leave the score 36-30).
The Raiders are scheduled to face the Twin City Sharks at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Lakeshore High School.
Bridgman 51 Concord 0
The Bees (3-0) got a road win on Sept. 10 as Nate Necas ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns; Reid Haskins completed 5 of 9 passes for two TDs and ran for 60 yards and two more scores; defensive tackle Clark Smith had a pick six; and Jayce Warren caught a pair of touchdown passes.
Bridgman is scheduled to host Mendon at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept 17, with a salute to first responders planned earlier that evening.