Rayce Newman hooked up with Hunter Borden on a 27-yard scoring play late in the fourth quarter to propel Raymond to a 27-21 victory over host Tenino Friday night. Trailing 21-19, Raymond converted on 3rd down and 8 for the winning score.
Darol Ratsavongsy scored 3 touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards.
“It is nice to get a win on the road against a quality opponent,” third-year RHS Head Football Coach Rob Clements told the Herald. “We definitely have a lot of work to do. We can't commit penalties, fumble the ball or miss tackles if we are going to compete in the Pacific League. However, I am really proud of our teams' resiliency. We had to fight back twice to win the game, and when it came time, we made the plays we needed to be able to obtain the win.”
“I don't think we have any toes left…we shot ourselves in the foot so many times,” Clements said. “Drives were killed by penalties, by fumbled snaps and exchanges. We fumbled six times, but were lucky enough only to lose three of them.
“Tenino is young, but talented,” Clements told the Herald. “They were able to capitalize on our mistakes early, and took a 14 to 0 lead. I am proud that our players continued to fight.
“We scored 19 points in the second quarter,” Clements said. “The first score came when Rayce Newman stripped the ball from Tenino's RB and Neal Riley recovered the touchdown in the end zone. Alex Sida then stripped the returner of the ball on the next kick off and Darol scored a few plays later. Darol added another touchdown a minute before the half to make the half time score 19 to 14.
“I thought we had all of the momentum heading into the locker room, but we came out flat,” Clements said. “We have to be able to find consistency for four quarters.
“They scored to take the lead with 6 minutes left,” Clements continued. “We drove the field. On third and long, Rayce Newman made a perfect throw down the sideline, and Hunter Borden made a sliding catch to just stay in bounds for the 27-yard gain. We scored the next play, a six-yard run by Darol, and were able to keep them out of the end zone for a 27 to 21 victory.
The Seagulls led 19-14 at halftime. Neal Riley scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone in the second quarter and Ratsavongsy rammed in from the 2 and 1. Ratsavongsy scored his third TD in the fourth quarter and Newman added a 2-point conversion.
Offensively, Ratsavongsy finished with 77 yards on 22 with the 3 TDs. Murdock wound up with 37 yards on 8 carries. Sida netted 17 yards on 4 rushes. Newman ran the ball 7 times for 31 yards and completed 2 of 7 for 41 yards. Borden caught 2 balls for 41 yards.
Elliott Murdock paced the Gulls on defense with 10 tackles and Alex Sida and Borden (2 for loss) and Ratsavongsy came through with 8 stops each. Sida also forced a fumble and recovered one.
Raymond (1-0) hosts Charles Wright Academy (1-0) Thursday at 7 p.m. The Tarriers were a 28-17 winner over Forks last week.