By: COLIN DAVIS, Staff Writer
October 12, 2019
On a cold and windy night with seas of black and blue, the Raiders rose to the challenge in a 13-0 defensive battle vs Piscataway. Like most games since senior Michael Baradhi took over as the starting quarterback, it was the running game that was prominently featured in this one. The offense, however, kicked off in the 2nd half when Baradhi ran an option play for a 3-yard touchdown to push the Raiders to a 7-0 lead. Piscataway then had a quick 3-and-out on the next drive which sent the Raiders their own 29-yard line. Baradhi on one of his few throws in the game threw a dart to senior Myles Bailey which he ran in for a touchdown. The touchdown was called back after a holding penalty on the Raiders. Piscataway’s offense wasn’t able to get anything going all game though. The one promising drive they did have was when they had the ball up to the Raider 47 yard line when Piscataway quarterback Sherrod Cooper threw 1 of his 2 interceptions on the night to Bailey. Later in the quarter, Bailey broke loose for a 52-yard touchdown run which padded the lead late in the game for the Raiders. In a last gasp opportunity for Piscataway, Cooper dropped back in an effort to at least cut the lead in half, was met short by Syracuse commit senior Leon Lowery for a 6-yard sack. The fans and the opposing coach even knew that this game was over.
One thing that was shocking though was Piscataway got the ball back with all 3 timeouts left. Piscataway head coach Dan Higgins decided not to use them and just let the clock bleed out. With the win, the Raiders clinched the GMC White Division for the 5th time in school history. The Raiders look to keep their winning streak alive when they come back home to face Linden on Friday, October 18th.
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