Photo by Larry Bale...Raymond HS's Jayce Freeman makes an acrobatic catch for a long gain early in the home game versus North Beach Friday night before the lights went out at the start of the third quarter with the gamed tied 6-6.
Traveling to North Beach High School the home of the Hyaks, it was a quick score by the host team when they returned the opening kickoff for 90-yards and a 6-0 start to the game.
The Seagulls were not out and were able to combine their passing and running offense to tie the game before the end of the first quarter of play. Senior quarterback Rayce Newman connected with junior Jayce Freeman for 43-yards to set up a 1-yard punch through the line by Newman. For both teams, extra points went un-awarded when the Hyaks could not convert for two, and the Gulls PAT did not cross the uprights. The game was called at 6-6 at the end of the first half.
"This is one of those games that hurts a little," said Raymond Head Coach Luke Abbott.
"It hurts because of the effort that the team brought to the field. Our kids fought hard, it was not a blow out game. Our kids played their hearts out."
The game was postponed after the conclusion of the first half when a power failure halted play at Lt. Jim Davis Field. The teams continued play Saturday with neither team able to make any points during the rescheduled second half. At the end of regulation play the teams faced off in a tiebreaker each attempting to score on a limited field. Set on the 25-yard line, the Hyaks faced the Raymond defense in the first series. The Gulls able to hold North Beach saw a short field goal attempt blocked, setting up a second tie break situation.
Now with roles reversed, and Raymond the first to set the ball in play, the Hyak defense was able to quell the Raymond offensive charge and take over the ball. A short quick down and out pass would be the deciding factor, in this game of inches, that brought North Beach out on top for a 12-6 win.
"It was a good challenge for us, they are a great team. They have it all; size, speed and they are disciplined. That is a hard combination to beat," said Abbott.
For Raymond it was a very compelling defensive night with several great plays from defensive back Marvin So, and brothers James and Luke Hamilton making crushing tackles.
"They played well all night, they were very competitive. It was a tremendous effort from both teams."
North Beach, current leader for the Pacific League, they will face Rainier at Rainer. For Raymond they will host Tacoma Baptist, kickoff at 7 pm.
"I will be looking at how the kids will respond after this loss," said Abbott.