Raiders suffer a minute of misfortune
A big play stirred up the Reynolds sideline, but any Raiders' comeback hopes quickly fizzled in Friday's 55-35 home loss to No. 10-ranked Clackamas.
The host Raiders looked to make it a game early when QB Dominique Miller fired over the middle and hit Reggie Akles to move the chains on third-and-11.
But Akles was far from done.
He dodged a tackle, then reversed field after running out of room near the far sideline. Akles moved through a crowd as we came back across the field and went in for a 72-yard touchdown that brought the Raiders within six points.
Akles finished with four catches for 109 yards — all of them ending in the end zone. He also ran one 65 yards for another score.
Clackamas answered the challenge, needing less than a minute to put the game out of reach.
Nick Kennewell took the ensuing kickoff and broke into the open before crossing the midfield stripe. He applied a stiff-arm to the last defender in his path and went into the end zone.
Clackamas pulled off an easy two points on the conversion try when the Raiders sideline was late realizing it was short a player.
Clackamas receiver Miles Williams stood alone on the left side of the formation. The Cavaliers snapped the ball, and QB Austin Atkeson made the simple toss, like two friends playing catch in the backyard, to put the lead to 21-7.
Isaiah Baker forced a Reynolds fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and the Cavaliers were back in range for a quick score. Atkeson took a couple steps to his left and launched a ball to the end zone for Dan Mahler.
Clackamas finished the first quarter in charge 28-7 and would carry a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
The Cavaliers clinched their division in league play and will face the winner of Friday's Barlow at Central Catholic game for the Mount Hood crown in two weeks.
Reynolds travels to Gresham on Friday with the winner advancing to the league's third-place game with a chance to collect spot in the 6A bracket.
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