RICHMOND, VA (June 27, 2012) - The Richmond Raiders (11-2) play the Albany Panthers (11-2) on Saturday night, June 30, at the James H. Gray Civic Center in Albany, Georgia, and fans will be able to watch and hear the game live on the Raiders’ website media center page from any location with high speed web access.
This will be the third meeting of the two teams. Richmond lost 28 to 40 at Albany on May 17. Albany lost 66 to 67 in Richmond, June 16. Although the score when they met in Albany may not indicate it, both games were close and came down to final minutes, indicating this Saturday’s rubber match should be quite a show.
In Albany on May 17, it looked as though the Panthers, ahead by 32 to 18 in the third quarter, might walk away with the game. But the Raiders scored ten unanswered points to make the score 32 to 28 with 9:37 left in the fourth. The Raider defense held following the kickoff, and it appeared Richmond might retake the lead on their next possession as they drove to the Panther 22. But with second down and ten to go, Panther defensive back Core Rue intercepted a pass from Young and returned it 34 yards for a score. Geoff Boyers’ kick for the extra point was good, and the Panthers led 39 to 28. Boyer then placed the ball through the uprights on the ensuing kickoff for an Uno, raising the Panther total to 40 points, and the scoring was done for the game.
The game in Richmond on June 16 was even more of a show. The score seesawed back and forth all evening long -- the lead changing hands an amazing 14 times.
As the clock ran down, however, it looked as though Albany might finish on top. They scored just before the one-minute warning, making it Panthers 65, Raiders 64. Then Panther kicker Ryan Gates (Gardner-Webb) put one through the uprights on the ensuing kickoff to make it 66-64, a double-wammy for the Raiders because it forced them to start on their own five yard line with only a minute left on the clock.
But the Raiders had no intention of giving up. They drove down field as the seconds ticked off with the result that it all came down to a 27-yard field goal attempt with four seconds remaining.
Richmond’s First-Team, All-PIFL kicker T. C. Stevens (Hampden-Sydney) nailed it. Final score: 67 to 66, and the partisan crowd went wild.
Richmond’s First-Team PIFL quarterback Antwon Young (Villanova) completed 19 passes of 36 attempts for 246 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 83 yards, scoring three more TDs on the ground in the process. Richmond wide receiver Jason Lovett (UVA Wise) also had a big night on offense with nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns.
As mentioned above, Fans who can’t make the trek to Albany will be able to watch live and in color on the Raiders’ media center page of the Raiders’s website. Or, just follow this link: