Times Sports Correspondent
This past Thursday, the East Gadsden Jaguars ended their regular season on the road against the Rickards Raiders. The bright lights of the North Florida Fair provided a perfect backdrop for the game. With 8:46 left in the first quarter, the Raiders scored the first touchdown of the game, which gave them a 7-0 lead over the Jaguars.
With 5:45 remaining in the opening quarter, East Gadsden tied the game up with a successful extra point kick after quarterback Al Peterson threw a touchdown pass to Jaleel Reynolds. The Raiders regained the lead with 4:39 left to play in the first quarter when their quarterback Charlie Kelley found receiver Kalen Riles in the end zone to put his team ahead by a score of 14-7.
Rickards offense came out in the second quarter with a good mixture of plays that kept the Jaguar defense on its heels. With 8:59 left in the second, the Raider’s offense produced another touchdown to extend their lead to 21-7. On the Jaguar’s next possession, their offense put together a nice drive but with 6:25 left in the half, Peterson’s pass was deflected then intercepted and returned for a touchdown by a Raider defender. At the half the Raiders held a comfortable 29-7 advantage of the Jaguars.
East Gadsden received the ball first after halftime, but with 11:36 left in the quarter, a Jaguar running back had the football stripped and recovered by a Raider defender. A couple of plays later the home team capitalized on the turn over with another touchdown. Rickards was able to produce another score before the end of the third and entered into the final period of the game with a 43-7 lead over the Jaguars.
In spite of the score, the Jaguars continued to fight and with 1:14 left in the game, they found the end zone as one of their running backs scored on a run from just inside the 10-yard line. After a successful two-point conversion the Jaguars trailed by a score of 43-15. The Raider offense took the field after the kickoff and ran out the clock with a few plays.
With the loss, the Jaguars ended their regular season with a record of 5-5. The Jaguars will now prepare to go to a Nov. 15 playoff game on the road against Fort White High School. Go Jaguars!