Minutemen look to rebound against the Raiders for Homecoming

Posted on October 12, 2009 by




Jose Alvarez- Sports writer




The Minutemen will look to get back on track tonight, when they take on the Northridge Raiders. After coming short against a strong Plymouth team 27-41 the Minutemen will for the first time see how they respond to adversity.

“It seemed like we didn’t come out to play in the first half… It was half our mistakes and partially they beat us they just came out to play,” Logan Draus (11).

“I don’t think we’re going to get over it [the lose] for a while because we can still face them in sectionals and I know we’re going to be looking forward to that game… we have to turn the page and play better next time,” Doug Acker (12) said.

They will quickly have to forget that tough lose because another NCL opponent will be visiting Concord today, the Raiders. They come with a record of 4-3, but will be keen to build on their most recent victory after squeezing by the Goshen Redskins 40-34 in a triple overtime thriller.

Overall the mood of the team is that of optimism knowing that despite the loss, they are still a strong team and only fell to the Pilgrims because of their own miscues. In their game, Concord started off slow and ultimately dug themselves in too deep a hole, and even though their offence began to display their arsenal, it was a little too late.

This game will also hold extra incentive because it’s Concord’s homecoming game, and despite popular opinion that they will inevitably come out on top, they know that they can’t get too confident and in turn end up losing the game. Falling behind against an inspired Raider team could prove costly.

“We’re expecting a tough game, but everybody is pumped up. I think we’ll come out and play well…they [Northridge] looks a lot better this year,” Draus said.

A new change from last year that fans will get to see is that instead of having different floats for each class, there will be only one large backdrop wall featuring the homecoming court.

The game will be today at 7:30 also, homecoming king and queen will be announced during halftime.

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