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Raiders overwhelm Pirates

South Sumter proves too formidable an opponent, downing Crystal River 55-0.

By BRIAN SUMERS
Published October 7, 2006


CRYSTAL RIVER - South Sumter had just one problem Friday night. It forgot to bring enough footballs.

But once the Pirates loaned a couple of Wilsons to their opponents, the Raiders did fine, coasting to a 55-0 win in front of a sparse crowd.

"We didn't do a good job tonight," Crystal River coach Anthony Paradiso said. "I think we had kids who were scared. We weren't focused."

Their players also weren't as big as many of the Raiders. Running back Richard Kelly (6-0, 240) hammered the Pirates' small defensive line, gaining 102 yards on nine carries and scoring three touchdowns.

"We didn't want to tackle him," Paradiso said. "Our kids didn't want to go head to head with him."

Neither Kelly nor the other Raiders starters were needed much after halftime because South Sumter (6-1) led 41-0 after two quarters. Things were worse in the first quarter, when the Pirates (1-6) gained just 9 yards on five possessions.

The schedule the next two games gets easier for Crystal River, which follows its bye week by traveling to Citrus and hosting Lecanto.

"I'm not worried about this game," said running back Justin Rolph, who was limited to 39 yards on 13 carries. "It don't mean nothing to me."