|South Jersey Football:
Lynx Defeats Raiders
Saturday, August 6, 2005
Public Relations Press Release
EWING, NJ It was a typical hot day in August as the Trenton Raiders (2-2) hosted the South Jersey Lynx (4-0) at Fisher Middle School in Ewing, NJ. The Lynx entered the contest riding a 3-game win streak. As a matter of fact, the Lynx haven’t lost a regular season game since they became an expansion in the NAFL in 2004.
The Lynx dominated this game from the beginning and never looked back. David Goree put on an excellent performance by racking up 259 all-purpose yards. “He started early and never let up,” said Quarterback Marty Cross (6-10 54yds, 3td) when asked about the play of Goree, “He may be the MVP of our team!” Goree helped extend the Lynx opening drive touchdown streak to 4 games. Goree started the game returning the opening kickoff 42 yards. Sevens plays later, Goree caught a 3 yard slant from Cross. Extra point attempt failed. 6-0. On the Raiders opening drive, LB Eugene Jones picked off the Trenton quarterback and returned it 9 yards to the Raider 22 yard line. After a 5 yard run by RB Fidel Napier (14 att, 88 yds, 1td) on first down, Cross went to Goree again and found him from 17 yards out. Extra point failed. 12-0. The Lynx defense held the Raiders offense and forced a 3 and out.
Unfortunately, for Trenton, they had to punt to Goree who accumulated 91 yards on 4 punt returns. With the Lynx capitalizing on great field position again, Cross hit Clifford Horsey in the back of the endzone for another score. 18-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, K Ryan Peterson put the ball deep in the endzone and the Trenton returner hesitated and decided to bring it out. As he stepped across the 10 yard line, Joseph Harvey tattooed him with a textbook tackle by putting his hat directly on the ball causing him to fumble. After recovering the fumble, the Lynx ended the half with Napier taking it in for a 1 yard score. Peterson kick. 25-0.
Goree started the 2nd half under the gun. He started off a little slow showing signs of rust from not playing quarterback for so long. But after a few plays, he began to show why the fans love to see him play. With Goree being a very shift scrambler, he began to look like the kid that threw so many touchdowns in high school. Driving the ball up and down the field, Goree orchestrated two scoring drives.
The first was capped with a 14 yard curl route by Luis Cortes. The second score featured Horsey making the catch, falling to the ground, getting up and scoring. Peterson kick (2). 39-0 Goree finished the game completing 7 of 10 passes for 123 yards, 2tds, 2 receptions for tds.
Highlights: Rashid Goodman intercepted a Raider pass and returned it 73 yards for a score but an inadvertent whistle stopped play at the 23 yard line.
Also team favorite rookie walk-on Juan “Pito” Marrero had his shining moment when he hauled in a pass from Goree and held on after a huge hit for his first catch of his career. The play was nullified by a penalty.
It was still a very big deal for the Lynx team. Good job Pito.