Raptors defeat Bears on the road, make play-offs

So far the best score line achieved by the Raptor team in any of their games since their teams conception was on the road this past weekend, as the Raptors hit their first ’50-burger’ of the team’s history.

Raptors struck first blood, scoring on their opening drive and converting the 2 extra points to open the score 8-0 within the first minutes. Bradford took back the ball and in a tremendous act of revenge scored  with a pass from within their own half, caught around midfield and carried away up the side line to the end zone. They also secured 2 extra points, tying the game at 8-8 early in the first quarter. From there on, the Bradford side were unable to score again, but the Raptors scored more TD’s and 2pt conversion attempts to extend the Raptors lead to 20-8. The first half was nearly over and the Raptors were on 4th and goal when a Raptors wide receiver got open in the end zone but dropped the pass. However, with Bradford back in possession on their own goal line, the Raptors Defence stepped up and forced a strip sack fumble in the end zone, which D-end Victor Ssonko caused and recovered to score the touchdown which had just been so narrowly missed by the Raptors O. Half time saw the score at 26-8 to the Raptors.

In the second half 24 more points came in which took the Raptors to drop their first ever 50-burger on the league. Special mentions to defensive players Tom Hyne for getting multiple sacks and star rookie Alex Dodd with another MVP performance making tackles and an interception. Another interception was taken by James Malpas and as per usual, big blows delivered by Eddie Webster and Chris Dadswell to shut down the Bradford receivers.

Overall, a great result but to not have come away with a clean sheet from the fixture is a blow. Having dropped so many balls in the game the score could very easily have been even greater. Next weekend is the division decider as the Raptors host undefeated Manchester at JMO Sports Park on Sunday 25th February.

By Gregory Hardy Webzell

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