2017-09-07 / Sports

Patriots hold on against Red Raiders

By Jacob Kennedy
Contributing Writer


Chase McGinnis of the Red Raiders takes down Micah Cramer (#22) of the Patriots for a short gain. Chase McGinnis of the Red Raiders takes down Micah Cramer (#22) of the Patriots for a short gain. SEBEWAING - The USA Patriots rallied back after getting shut out in Week 1 of the season and beat the Marlette Red Raiders, 14-6.

The Red Raiders were the first with the ball and looked to start the game big-time against the Unionville-Sebewaing Area Patriots.

The Raiders, led by Marcus Armstrong, took a drive deep into Patriot territory. After a fumble forced a long, 3rd-and-16, Marlette was forced to go for it on a 4th-and-11.

The Patriot’s Joshua Lang had other plans for that play and knocked the ball down on his own 12-yard line, forcing a turnover on downs.

But Lang wasn’t done trying to make his mark early in the game as he ran the ball well on USA’s first drive, including at 33-yard run that put the Patriots deep into Marlette territory.

The Patriots drove the ball all the way to the goal line of the Red Raiders, but were denied the end zone after a couple of conservative runs up the middle.

Marlette showed their size on their next drive, with Armstrong running the ball and also passing, but penalties would be their demise.

After a false start brought up a 3rd-and-18, the Raiders weren’t able to hold off the Patriot defense and USA made a big sack to make it 4th-and-29 and Marlette was forced to punt.

USA went right back to the run and was able to drive the ball well against the Raider defense, this time led by Hunter Bohn and Micah Cramer.

The Patriots were able to get the ball to the Marlette nine yard line, but nothing would come of the opportunity as the Raiders were able to force a turnover on downs to take the teams into the half with the score 0-0.

The Red Raiders were the first to strike on the scoreboard midway through the third quarter to put them up 6-0.

This is when the USA Patriots finally busted out their prolific passing game.

At quarterback, Cramer let the ball fly and found Brendan Prime for a 25-yard touchdown pass to even up the score at 6-6.

Cramer then ran the ball in on the two-point conversion to put the Patriots up for the first time in the game 8-6.

Cramer and Prime would get together one more time for a touchdown in the 4th quarter to extend the Patriot lead by eight points to 14-6.

With the game on the line - and the Red Raiders needing a touchdown and a two-point conversion just to tie the game, USA’s Prime stepped up and put the team on his back and intercepted Marlette’s Armstrong on the Patriot 10-yard line to seal the game for the Patriots.

Lang led the Patriots on the ground, running for 134 yards on 21 carries (6.38 yards per carry).

Cramer threw for two touchdowns, both to Prime.

The Patriots will travel to Sandusky on Friday, Sept. 8.

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