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Raiders loot Spartan homecoming 40-23

Published 10:32am Monday, September 30, 2013

Football is a game of two halves. The M State Spartans lived that saying Saturday as it saw the Central Lakes Raiders spoil its homecoming with a 40-23 win.

It looked to be another dreary Saturday, as rain pelted the field in the early morning, making slippery and soft field conditions. By game time, the rain had subsided and the sun peaked through the clouds briefly, allowing the outside homecoming festivities to take place.

The Raiders used its opening drive to take an early 6-0 lead. Central Lakes would build a 13-0 lead before the Spartans struck on 14 yard pass from quarterback Jesse Vanilau to Logan Connolly in the second quarter. M State would tie the game up as Vanilau found receiver Paris Woods for a 30 yard touchdown to tie the game at 13.

Central Lakes would regain the lead before the break as it used a quarterback sneak from the one. The Spartans again drove the length of the field, looking to strike, but an interception in the endzone saw the home team leave at the break down by six.

M State got the ball in the second half, but after a great return by freshman Theo Hopkins, Hopkins saw the ball get punched out of his grasp and end up in a Raider defender’s hands.

Central Lakes would use this to spark a 21 point third quarter to put the Spartans at a four score disadvantage.

M State would add one more score before the end of the game as backup quarterback Terron Buchanan completed a 38 yard pass to Woods for the receiver’s second touchdown of the afternoon.

Woods finished the game with six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns, while teammate Vanilau finished the game 14-for-21 for 183 yards, two touchdowns and an interception before leaving the game with an injury.

The Spartans move to 1-4 on the season and will travel to Rochester for a 2 p.m. Saturday showdown.

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