Glendale, CO - The Glendale Raptors earned a second league victory on the road over the weekend in Long Beach, as they defeated the heavy-favorite Belmont Shore team 36-31. The Raptors took to the pitch and scored five tries in quick succession, even in spite of a well-organized Shore squad.
Belmont seemed to recover and regroup near the end of the first half and were able to score in the 39th minute. Half time score: Raptors 31, Shore 19.
“We were playing really well and had a great start, but we lost focus and made some silly mistakes,” said Glendale Head Coach Andre Snyman. “It was unfortunate that those errors stole our momentum and allowed Belmont to score twice.”
Belmont came into the second half on the attack and put the Glendale side under tremendous pressure on their side of the pitch. Glendale outside center Chad London was able to make a break and open scoring for the second half (his second try of the match), but Belmont Shore would answer with two tries of their own. Time was not on Belmont’s side, allowing the Raptors to hang on to the 36-31 victory.
London, along with Preston Bryant (wing) and Justin Pauga (inside center) all tried twice, and fly half Mike Graham hit three conversions. Crawford Miller would be named Core Power’s Man of the Match for his management of the pitch from the scrumhalf position. Coach Snyman also added eight-man Doug Graves to list of players who put forth commendable effort during the match.
“The start of the second half was tough,” said Miller. “We came out and played a little bit on our heels there, but luckily we had some fresh legs come in and make some big plays. We stepped up, got back on our toes, and pushed a few more over the line for the win.”
The Raptors enter into a bye week this coming weekend, but they will fly to San Francisco for a Week Four match up against SFGG on February 22. SFGG is the only other undefeated team in the league, after their 23-9 win over the Denver Barbarians this past weekend.
In other league action, OMBAC squeaked by Santa Monica 29-28.
The Raptors will play their first home match in the Infinity Park Stadium on Saturday, March 1.