Both the Raiders and the Shamrocks look to remain unbeaten in week two of the high school football season.
The Raiders will travel to Lansing Sexton for a 7:00 PM kick off on Thursday night.
Sexton is 1-0, after a 34-0 shut out over Gaylord last week.
The Raiders defeated Ovid-Elsie 26-17 at home in week one. Running back Brock Gross lead scoring with two touchdowns, and quarterback Austin Allison was six for nine, with 108 yards passing. Allison and Dean Battley also scored for the Raiders.
Cade Parmalee led the Raider defense with 12 tackles and two interceptions. Evan Foreback contributed 10 tackles, and Dean Battley had nine tackles and one interception.
Portland Head Coach John Novara said, “OE is a very good football team and we were fortunate to escape with a victory. I thought we played hard, but made too many mistakes with our scheme, we must clean that up. I think the key to the victory was that we won the turnover battle three to zero. We had three picks, two by Cade Parmalee and one by Dean Battley.”
Looking at the matchup with Sexton, Novara says, “Sexton is big, fast, and physical. They have many athletes that can break away at any time. We must play disciplined and have a great team effort in order to come away with a victory. I have been very happy with our week of preparation leading up to this game.”
St. Patrick won their opener at home against Waldron 47-20.
When asked for his thoughts on game one, Shamrock Head Coach Pat Russman said, “We were very happy to see the team step up and play new roles. We had six new starters on offense and five new starters on defense. Defense, Offense and special teams all rose to the challenge. John Schneider gave us a big boost with a Kick-off return for a touchdown. Tanner Lawson showed great leadership in his first start at QB. Ned Smith had a great offensive performance. The defense responded well to a very physical offense.”
The Shamrocks will host Burr Oak at PHS Thursday night at 7:00 PM.
The Bobcats of Burr Oak lost a close one at home in week one, 48-46 to North Adams-Jerome.
When asked about the upcoming game, Russman said “We are looking forward to the game Thursday vs. Burr Oak and looking forward to growing as a team.”