Raiders Fall Short to Rivals

Fernando Castro

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The Radnor football team was handed their 4th loss in the central league on October 7th, versus the Upper Darby Royals, on a final score of 10-7. The Royals pulled out an early lead from a rushing touchdown from Nasir Greer, who completed 45 rushing yards on 9 attempts, and 64 receiving yards on 4 attempts. The lead was extended to 10-0 at the half by kicker Sammie Beweh, completing a single field goal attempts and converting the point after the Royals’ first touchdown.
The Raiders battled back in the third quarter, and the offensive effort was led by senior quarterback Patrick McDermott. McDermott only played his second game of the season on Friday after being sidelined by injury to begin the season. He completed 18 of 25 pass attempts for 210 passing yards, including a touchdown pass to Tucker Ballbach in the third quarter, and kicked in the 1-point conversion to put Radnor within three. The fourth quarter ended painfully with McDermott being sacked multiple times trying to find the dot to grab Radnor a late lead.
The Royals are now 3-3 and will play a 0-4 Lower Merion on October 14th, and look to regain a positive record against the struggling aces. The Raiders will be visiting Conestoga, who have been facing their own struggles this season following a complete rehaul of the coaching staff as result of the scandal that emerged last spring involving the harassment of an underclassmen by seniors of the football team. The Pioneers are 1-4 this season and the Raiders are hopeful in netting a second central league victory. Star running back Jack Horvath has yet to return this season from a foot injury, and was looking to turn heads this year after a successful sophomore campaign.