Before the ball was kicked to start the highly anticipated game between the East Gadsden Jaguars and the Rickards Raiders, the stands were already filled with eager fans of both teams.
East Gadsden’s offense produced the first points of the game when quarterback Treveze Robinson threw his first touchdown of the night with 7:46 left in the first quarter. Robinson had a great half in which he threw three touchdowns. Rickard’s quarterback Charlie Kelly also played well in the first half and kept his Raiders in the game by throwing a touchdown as well as running in for a score.
A nice flow of rain came in towards the end of the second quarter, but most people stayed seated and continued to watch as the first half came to a close with East Gadsden leading the contest 22-13.
Rickards received the ball first to begin the second half, only to have their drive end with an interception thrown by Kelly. East Gadsden began to pull away from the Raiders in the third quarter as Jaguar head coach Corey Fuller allowed his quarterback to build on his brilliant first-half performance.
By the end of the game, Robinson had completed 14 of 21 pass attempts for a total of 302 yards and four touchdowns. Jaguar’s receiver Janorris Cunningham also had a huge game, catching five passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
As the final whistle blew, the East Gadsden Jaguars found themselves on the winning side of a hard-played game.
Fuller said, “We got sloppy at the end,” referring to some of the mistakes made by his team in the second half. Fuller also said they “still got a lot of work to do.”
East Gadsden’s next opportunity to improve comes this Friday when they host Jefferson County.