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Raider football remains unbeaten with win over Lakewood


On Friday night, the Portland High School football team hosted new CAAC White league member Lakewood. The Vikings received a seemingly fitting welcome with a 59-0


In the first quarter of play, Portland senior running back Caden Thelen struck first with a five-yard touchdown run. Junior quarterback Dominic Novara connected with junior Evan Gross for a 31-yard touchdown pass. The Raiders third and final score of the first quarter was on a five-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Kayden Dickerson.


In the second quarter, Novara connected with Gross again, this time for a 26-yard touchdown. Dickerson would pick up a safety for the Raiders. Senior running back Conner Thelen and senior running back Conner Kazamer each scored on three-yard touchdown runs.


In the third quarter, Portland would find the endzone two more time. Junior running back Isaac Kramer and junior running back Caden Lockwood each scored on four-yard runs.


Senior kicker Aiden Pulling connected on four of his extra point attempts and junior kicker Jan Julian Dijk connected on two extra points for Portland.


Scoring summary by quarter:

1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th - Final

Portland 20 – 23 – 16 - 0 - 59

Lakewood 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 – 0


Portland Rushing Statistics

Caiden Thelen 3 for 21 TD

Conner Kazamer 4 for 30 TD

Conner Thelen 3 for 16 TD

Kayden Dickerson 2 for 7 TD

Caden Lockwood 5 for 42 TD

Barret Brennan 3 for 36

Mason McGregor 7 for 44

Jacob Farley 4 for 23

Isacc Kramer 3 for 42 TD

Dominic Novara 1 for 0

Brody Moore 1 for 7


Portland Passing Statistics

Dominic Novara 6-6 120 yds 2 TD


Portland Receiving Statistics

Caiden Thelen 1 for 33

Chris Battley 2 for 24

Evan Gross 3 for 63 2 TD


Portland Defensive Statistics

Mark Meyers 5 Tackles

Barret Spitzley 5 Tackles

Tyler Smith 5 Tackles

Caiden Dickerson 4 tackles, safety, fumble recovery

Conner Kazamer 1 INT


After four weeks of play, the Raiders are now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the CAAC White. Up next Portland will host long time rival Lansing Catholic for Homecoming on Friday, September 22nd.


Current CAAC White Standings:

Overall League

Portland 4-0 3-0

Lansing Sexton 4-0 3-0

Charlotte 3-1 2-1

Ionia 2-2 2-1

Lansing Catholic 2-2 1-2

Eaton Rapids 1-3 1-2

Olivet 0-4 0-3

Lakewood 0-4 0-3


Photo by Renae Goodman.

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