The Richmond Raiders (11-2) play the Albany Panthers (11-2) on Saturday night, June 30, at the James H. Gray Civic Center in Albany, Georgia, and fans will be able to watch and hear the game live on the Raiders' website media center page from any location with high speed web access.
will be the third meeting of the two teams. Richmond lost 28 to 40 at
Albany on May 17. Albany lost 66 to 67 in Richmond, June 16. Although
the score when they met in Albany may not indicate it, both games were
close and came down to final minutes, indicating this Saturday's rubber
match should be quite a show.
Albany on May 17, it looked as though the Panthers, ahead by 32 to 18
in the third quarter, might walk away with the game. But the Raiders
scored ten unanswered points to make the score 32 to 28 with 9:37 left
in the fourth. The Raider defense held following the kickoff, and it
appeared Richmond might retake the lead on their next possession as they
drove to the Panther 22. But with second down and ten to go, Panther
defensive back Core Rue intercepted a pass from Young and returned it 34
yards for a score. Geoff Boyers' kick for the extra point was good, and
the Panthers led 39 to 28. Boyer then placed the ball through the
uprights on the ensuing kickoff for an Uno, raising the Panther total to
40 points, and the scoring was done for the game.
game in Richmond on June 16 was even more of a show. The score seesawed
back and forth all evening long -- the lead changing hands an amazing
the clock ran down, however, it looked as though Albany might finish on
top. They scored just before the one-minute warning, making it Panthers
65, Raiders 64. Then Panther kicker Ryan Gates (Gardner-Webb) put one
through the uprights on the ensuing kickoff to make it 66-64, a
double-wammy for the Raiders because it forced them to start on their
own five yard line with only a minute left on the clock.
the Raiders had no intention of giving up. They drove down field as the
seconds ticked off with the result that it all came down to a 27-yard
field goal attempt with four seconds remaining.
First-Team, All-PIFL kicker T. C. Stevens (Hampden-Sydney) nailed it.
Final score: 67 to 66, and the partisan crowd went wild.
First-Team PIFL quarterback Antwon Young (Villanova) completed 19
passes of 36 attempts for 246 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran
eight times for 83 yards, scoring three more TDs on the ground in the
process. Richmond wide receiver Jason Lovett (UVA Wise) also had a big
night on offense with nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns.
mentioned above, Fans who can't make the trek to Albany will be able to
watch live and in color on the Raiders' media center page of the
Raiders's website. Or, just follow this link: