November 20, 2007

RHS football season ends

Photo by Gary G. Newman/copyright Redmond Spokesman

Redmond made its second-round playoff game Nov. 16 with the PIL-Champion Generals a defensive battle for three quarters, holding Grant to one touchdown, but the Generals scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to ice the 28-0 win.
“It was a tremendous effort by our players and the score’s not any indication of how close the game was,” said Redmond Coach Craig Ruecker. “To be down 7-0 going into the fourth quarter, our team played with a lot of character and a lot of pride.”
Redmond corralled Grant quarterback Andre Broadous early in the game but the dangerous Grant athlete showed the ability to escape later on. On the Generals’ second possession in the first quarter Redmond forced a punt after three downs and Butch Whitaker intercepted a Broadous pass at the Grant 45-yard line on the next possession.
On their first possession of the second quarter the Generals marched 60 yards – from the 20 to the 20 where they were stopped on a missed field goal attempt.
Grant held Redmond to three downs and a punt, but Whitaker knocked the ball loose from the Grant punt receiver and Logan Morris recovered the fumble at the General’s 38-yard line.
Unfortunately, it was the same story all night. Redmond couldn’t generate any offense and they were done in four downs. In all the Panthers chalked up 119 yards on offense.
“We had trouble maintaining our blocks and Grant plays very good defense,” said Ruecker. “We did a lot of good things tonight, just a little bit short.”
Broadous found room to run on their last and only scoring possession of the first half. He completed two passes for 32 yards and ran for another 43, including one scramble for 34 yards on the 80-yard drive. Broadous scored the touchdown on a three-yard run with 57 second remaining in the half.
Redmond showed its wiles to start the second half, kicking a squib kick and then pinning the Grant receiver at the five-yard line.
Broadous escaped for 55 yards on a broken pass play on second down, but Redmond held the Generals on fourth down at their own 33 yard line.
On its next drive Broadous stung the Panthers with a 47-yard pass completion to Bryan Butcher to take the 14-0 lead with 11:23 remaining in the game. Karl Acker added a touchdown strike on a half back pass with 3:41 remaining in the game and scored on a 50-yard run with 1:01 remaining in the game.
Redmond ended the season with an 8-4 record, including 3-1 and second place in the Central Valley Conference.
“We have a very good football team and they had a great season,” added Ruecker. “To get to the sweet 16, nothing wrong with that. We were fortunate to have a very good team this year.”

-- story by Greg G. Newman

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