CANFIELD, OH- There are no questions as to why the South Range Raiders were ranked atop many opinion and computer-based polls. The only question being asked was, would a 16 seed be able to sneak up on one of the area’s top dogs to start the playoff season?
South Range answered that emphatically on Friday night against Liberty with a 35-6 victory over the Leopards, ending Liberty’s 2022 campaign.
The South Range slinger, Billy Skripac would connect with Ayden Leon nearly effortlessly from 21 yards out to start the scoring at the 7:27 mark in the first. Just minutes later, Tyler Remish would find the endzone from 4-yards out to put the Raiders up 14-0.
In the second frame, Aidan Dominguez ripped through the defense from 35 yards out, giving Raider fans flashbacks of his older brothers from Raider years past- the score put South Range up 21-0. With 3:30 left, Skripac would strike through the air once again- this time to the other head of the three-headed dragon, Shane Lindstrom- this time from 20 yards out to put the Raiders up 28-0 at intermission.
That same combination of Skripac and Lindstrom would waste no time in the second half, on the first drive- connecting from 37 yards away on the left sideline, putting the Raiders up 35, and starting the mercy clock.
The clock would drip away the hopes of a Liberty comeback until the Leopards put together an impressive drive with 2:06 to go in the contest when senior Derek DeMattia tossed a strike to the endzone, finding Dwayne Moody from 20 yards out and putting an exclamation point on a solid season for Liberty.
Combined, the teams ran 96 plays, 55 for Liberty, and 41 for the Raiders. South Range racked up 321 total yards to Liberty’s 168.
Billy Skripac only needed 8 pass attempts on the night, completing 6- 3 of which being touchdowns, and garnering 145 yards through the air, and adding another 14 yards on the ground.
Aidan Dominguez provided the bulk of the yards with 5 totes for 64 yards and a score. Tyler Remish had 51 yards and a tuddy as well. Blake Ewert also had a strong showing with 4 carries and 33 yards. The Raiders had ten different rushers on offense throughout the night, showcasing their diversity in the backfield of strength, speed, and agility.
Lindstrom was the leading receiver with 4 receptions and 107 yards along with his pair of touchdowns. Ayden Leon, JD Crouse, and Gaven Nagy each had a reception as well.
Defensively Tristan Toy had 7 tackles on the night. Isaiah Slabach chipped in four tackles, and the bash brother duo of Bailey Ryan and Chris Colucci combined for 7 tackles, and two sacks.
Derek DeMattia went 13 of 26 for Liberty under center, accounting for 116 yards, a score, and a pick on the night. John Lard had 12 yards rushing, alongside Dwayne Moody’s 9. Tawann Tutwiler led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in 3 grabs for 51 yards. Moody added 45 yards receiving as well for the Leopards.
South Range (11-0) will once again host next week, as they invite the Garfield G-Men to town for an All-YSN matchup. That game will be available along with all the other games on YSN next Friday for $9.99 with the Power Pass.