Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

COUNTY LINE GAME OF THE WEEK; Raines Wins, but Panthers' Spirit Intact

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

COUNTY LINE GAME OF THE WEEK; Raines Wins, but Panthers' Spirit Intact

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Byline: Don Clark, County Line correspondent

Were the Ridgeview Panthers (1-4, 1-1, 3-4A) over-matched, out-played and beaten by Jacksonville Raines (5-0, 2-0, 3-4A) on Friday in Orange Park? Yes, if the 38-12 Raines victory is any indication.

But the Panthers played tough and can hold their heads high, coach Tom MacPherson said.

Ridgeview's defense, led by junior linebacker Josh Warrior, held the high-powered Vikings to two scores in the first half. On Raines' first possession, the Ridgeview defense forced Raines to turn the ball over on downs at the Ridgeview 24.

The Panthers scored late in the first quarter when junior quarterback Ryan Howell passed to junior wide receiver Nathan Conner along the right sideline and he streaked untouched 52 yards for a touchdown.

Warrior recovered a Vikings fumble early in the second quarter. The ensuing Panther drive stalled, but Ridgeview's punt pinned Raines on its own 8-yard line. Defensive end Chucky Adams sacked Viking quarterback Aaron McGhee on the 4. Raines' punter fumbled the snap from center and scrambled to the 9, where Ridgeview took over with a chance to even the score at 13. But Raines blocked a Panther field goal attempt and Ridgeview lost a scoring opportunity.

Panther strong safety Kenny Carver intercepted Raines quarterback Aaron McGhee's pass late in the second quarter to stop the Vikings again. Ridgeview trailed only 13-6 at the half despite a 226 to 28 rushing-yardage differential.

"The whole defensive line played a good first half -- Mario Barlow, Adams, T.J. Baye, Jamaal King and Warrior," MacPherson said. "They kept us in the game in the first half."

The Vikings scored 25 second-half points to put the game away. Raines junior running back Byron Comer had four rushing touchdowns and finished with a game-high 156 yards on 20 carries. McGhee was 14 of 36 for 182 yards with one interception and a touchdown to wide receiver Brandon Fore. Running back Rico Butler closed out Raines' scoring with a 2-yard run.

Ridgeview's Howell passed 3 yards to wide receiver Adam Brunner for a fourth-quarter touchdown. …

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