Sep. 16—It was a ground-and-pound type of game Friday night at Twin Valley, and the Raiders came out on top 49-19 against Fleetwood in a Lancaster-Lebanon Section 3 matchup.
The Raiders (2-0, 4-0) dominated in all three phases in opening 4-0 for the first time in program history.
Twin Valley ended up with 535 yards of total offense, 363 on the ground, after a slow start.
"Give Fleetwood a lot of credit," Twin Valley coach Brett Myers said. "They played really hard and very physical in the first half. Takes us some time and we didn't have a great week at practice and we'll learn from this. Got to do a better job of getting our guys ready and not needing another team to motivate us to play well. In the end, our kids kicked it in."
The Tigers (0-1, 2-2) scored first after recovering a Raiders' fumble as William Maurek made a 42-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Twin Valley answered right back with an Evan Johnson 5-yard touchdown run. Johnson would reach the end zone two more times in the second half on runs of 18 and 97 yards.
The teams would continue to trade blows in the first half.
Maurek made a 30-yard field goal to cut the Raiders' lead to 7-6 in the second quarter.
The next three series would result in two touchdowns for Twin Valley and one for Fleetwood.
Twin Valley's Evan Myers connected with Benjamin Grundy for a 44-yard score with 6:33 remaining in the first half.
Fleetwood's Czion Brickle then scored his first touchdown on a 2-yard run. He would finish with 182 yards on 26 carries.
With 22 seconds remaining, Myers scored on a 1-yard quarterback draw to cap a 10-play drive and give the Raiders a 21-12 lead.
Twin Valley put it away in the second half by scoring 28 straight points before a late score by Brickle on a 66-yard run.
Drew Engle scored on runs of 23 yards and 66 yards in the second half for Twin Valley.
Engle (683 yards) and Johnson (627) rank 1-2 in Berks County in rushing. They also have combined for 11 touchdowns.
"Stats don't really matter, to be honest," Johnson said. "It just comes down to if we win. That's all we're going to do."
The two backs preached how their work in practice translates to the game.
"They'll (Engle and Johnson) be the first to tell you that our O-line works hard, but those two got really good feet and really good vision," Myers said. "What you're noticing is they're doing a really good job of running between the tackles now. A year ago they were speed guys. Now they trust in the scheme and the linemen and are doing a great job inside the tackles and that opens up the outside stuff."
Engle finished with 198 yards and two scores on 12 carries. Johnson had 135 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries.
On the other side, the Tigers struggled to stop the Raiders' run game and move the ball.
"We just had too many breakdowns," Tigers coach Steve Pangburn said. "Offensively we have to score more points. Defensively, we need to tackle better in the second half. Proud of my guys going into halftime, we knew we'd have a battle. Unfortunately, we did not answer the bell in the second half."