by Rick Ford
Coming off an impressive win against Boyd Anderson last week, St. Thomas Aquinas could have been looking ahead to its “made for TV” opponent, Camden County (GA) set for next week at Raiders Stadium. But it was apparent early that was not the case on this Friday night as the Raiders rolled to victory against Cardinal Gibbons at Brian Piccolo Stadium in front of a sellout crowd.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Raiders exploded in the second stanza behind an impressive effort by eventual Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player, Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett scored twice in the quarter, first on a 24-yard pass reception from senior quarterback Jacob Rudock and followed that with a 45-yard punt return, bringing the score to 14-0 at the half.
St. Aquinas (3-0) would continue its roll following the halftime break when senior quarterback Rudock scored on a 6-yard run bringing the score to 21-0 with 6:01 to go in the third. Junior defensive end, Tyler Drake, made his presence felt throughout the contest, converging on the Gibbons quarterback for 2 sacks on the night.
St. Aquinas Coach George Smith was pleased with his team’s ability to reduce penalties and was impressed with Cardinal Gibbons and their preparation. In his words, “They came to play.”
Cardinal Gibbons scored the first touchdown of the season against the Raiders defense, set up by a 43-yard scamper by Gibbons’ running back, Denzel Wimberly.
St. Thomas would conclude the nights scoring with a 17-yard play that put the final score at 28-6 with a little over 7 minutes to go.
The post game awards were presented by Marine Cpt Davis and SSgt Carter to an excited Raider team at midfield. The Marines are sponsors of 42 games in the 2010 Great American Rivalry Series.
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