Football ends at the hands of Regis

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By Sebastian Wiegand, Sports Editor

Aside from the losing record, the football season ended in a familiar way. After a 33-7 loss to Regis Jesuit High School in the first round of the playoffs, the boys season is now over. For the fifth consecutive season, the Rangeview football team has ended up at home after a first round loss.

“I give the season a five,” said Senior Defensive Back Lamont Weddle, “but it could have been a 10 if we worked harder.”

However the losing record doesn’t tell the whole story.  Excluding the first and last losses of the season, the Raiders were only outscored by an average of 4.5 points in their four other losses.  Also three of those losses came to top ten ranked teams.

“We didn’t win the close game,” said Coach Hoffman, “we lost 4 games by a total of 18 points.”

Junior AJ Thomas had a breakout season for the Raiders becoming an impressive force on both defense and offense. He not only lead the team with 74 tackles, but he also ran for over 1000 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Senior William Fifita also dominated the defensive side of the ball as he finished with nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and three blocked punts.

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Sophomore QB Jaelin Odegard drops back to pass. Odegard finished the season with 8 touchdown passes. (Sebastian Wiegand)

As a unit, the Raiders shined the brightest on special teams; they blocked seven punts as well as a pair of field goals.

This year’s team featured 21 seniors who will create a large hole for next season’s squad to fill.  However, the Raiders will return three starting linemen, Onyi Ozuma, Clinton Thomas, and Lewis Griffin, as well as their leading offensive players, QB Jaelin Odegard and RB AJ Thomas.
With the season now over, the boys will look ahead as they begin to prepare for next year.