WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- WWG ó On a nice crisp fall evening the Chargers had high hopes of knocking off the Nicollet Raiders Friday night. Even though statistically the Chargers out-gained their opponent by almost a 2-1 margin, they could not overcome the miscues.
The Chargers got off to a bad start when their first drive went three downs and out. Following that on the Raidersí first play, they ran a sweep to the right, with a couple of key blocks, the runner raced 74 yards for the score. The extra point attempt failed as it sailed to the right of the posts.
The Chargers countered on their next drive going 66 yards on 10 plays for the score. The drive started with a 10 yard punt return by Shane Buchman. A couple plays later Tristan Joel connected with Levi Bunting for a 14 yard grab. Two plays later Buchman hooked up with Matt Otto for a 22 yard gain to the 31 of the Raiders. Then Buchman threw a 10 yard strike to Otto moving inside the Raidersí 20. Two plays later Joel picked up a first down at the 9 of the Raiders. Buchman threw a strike to Bunting to the 6 of the Raiders. Then Joel busted into the end zone for a touchdown. The point failed but the Chargers knotted the game at 6-6.
On the next series the Chargers held the Raiders to three and out forcing a punt. The punt rolled all the way down to the Chargers 12 yard line. But the Chargers were unable to get a drive going and were forced to punt away.
The Raiders returned the ball down to the Chargersí 26 yard line where the receiver coughed up the ball with Andrew Pederson recovered it.
The Chargers began moving the ball, running, then switched to the pass with Buchman completing a pass to Sean McCroskey for a 20 yard pickup. The quarter ended after Joel connected with Buchman for a ten yard pickup to the 32 of the Raiders.
The drive fizzled out with the Raiders taking over at the Chargersí 22 yard line. After the Raiders completed a long pass, the Charger defense forced them back to the Chargersí 25 forcing a punt.
The Chargersí drive then stalled out at their own 35. Then disaster struck when the snap sailed over punter Walker Christians head down to the Chargers 5 yard line. The Chargers then held the Raiders to no gain on first down, but on the next play The Raiders scored on a 5 yard run, the extra point attempt failed but the Raiders increased their lead to 12-6.
A couple of minutes before the half the Chargers were intercepted at their own 37. After allowing a first down the Charger defense stiffened and forced the ball over on downs at their own 22 where time ran out in the first half.
On the opening kickoff the Raiders returned the ball down to the Chargersí 20, but once in the red zone the Charger defense forced the ball over on downs at the Raidersí 4 yard line. After a couple of no gain plays Buchman found Bunting at the 15 for a first down, but the ball was fumbled and the Raiders recovered. Two plays later Buchman intercepted a pass inside the 10 and returned it to the 15. The drive stalled out at the Chargersí 45 where they were forced to punt. Again the snap was high, and with pressure coming, Christians attempted to kick it off the ground, but it ended up rolling inside the Chargersí 10 yard line. On the next play the Raiders punched it in for the final score of the night. The extra point failed but the Raiders upped their lead to 18-6.
In the fourth quarter the Chargers came close to scoring but were unable to get into the end zone.
Buchman completed 12 of 20 passes for 186 yards; Joel was 2 of 7 for 23 yards. Anthony Koch had 1 catch for 76 yards; McCroskey had 4 catches for 57 yards; Otto had 3 for 27 yards; Bunting had 3 catches for 22 yards.
Otto and Joel each had 45 yards on 14 carries; Buchman had 11 yards on 7 tries; Jake Otto picked up 13 yards on 3 carries.
Christians had 3 punts for 112 yards. Buchman had 1 punt return for 10 yards.
The Chargers had 209 yards passing compared to 132 for the Raiders. The Chargers had 115 yards rushing with 64 yards for the Raiders.
Defensively Buchman had 8 tackles with 1 interception; Logan Weis had 7 tackles and 1 sack; Bunting had 6 tackles and 2 sacks; Tyler Schoborg had 5 tackles and 1 sack; Tyson Berg had 4 tackles and an interception; Mitchell Jarmer had 3 tackles and 1 sack; Andrew Pederson had a fumble recovery.
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