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Levy County Raiders traveled to Belleview to face a much-improved Belleview team in the Sonic Holiday Invitational Bowl. The Black Knights came into the game hoping to avenge a 27-0 defeat received a few weeks ago at the hands of the Raiders, but it was not to be, as Levy County again shut them out, 34-0.
Levy County was riding a two-game win streak with two straight shutouts against Belleview and Gulf Coast Panthers. The defense took the field and pressured the Belleview offense, causing the Black Knights to fumble the ball on the first play. The Raiders held their ground, causing the Knights to punt the ball away.
Levy County's defense was on its toes when the game finally opened up in favor of the silver and black. Delmar Dial shot into the gap, scooping up a fumbled toss and taking it 61 yards for the Raiders' first score of the game. Junior Battles then punched in a two-point conversion through a big hole opened up by center Toby Byars and right guard Ryan Hudson, grabbing an 8-0 Raider lead.
That was the score all the way until halftime when the fireworks came out. The Raiders received the ball and needed only three plays to score, as speedy quarterback Steven Hall rushed in from 43 yards out. Again, Battles punched in the two-point conversion, making it 16-0 Raiders.
Levy County's defense was again clicking well when Joe Gazdun picked off a pass and returned it 67 yards, getting the offense into great scoring position. Hall found Cordario Pruitt with a quick strike from 12 yards out.
The Raiders defense forced yet another three and out, and the offense again started moving the ball well with big runs from Kevious Duncan and Junior Battles. The real spark came from a magical run for 29 yards from Marland Williams, setting up yet another Raiders touchdown. This score came on the legs of Junior Battles from six yards out, through the hole opened by Toby Byars and Matt Ulseth.
In the final seconds of the game, Belleview punted the ball to the speedy Williams as he danced his way through Black Knights on his way to a 72-yard return for a touchdown.
Team President Mark Marrazo, Head Coach Ron Fisher and team owner Jason Minehart would like to take this time to thank Levy County residents for their continuous support.
The Raiders are still looking for quality coaches and dedicated players and supportive sponsors to join us. Please contact Head Coach Ron Fisher at 352-682-2555
The Raiders will open the regular season Jan. 10 at Lake City Saints. For more information, visit www.leaguelineup.com/levycountyraiders.