The Shenandoah Raiders Varsity Football Team opened up the 2016 season with a victory over the Hagerstown Tigers by a final score of 32-20. It marks the fourth consecutive year the Raiders have begun the season with a victory.
Shenandoah started the game with scoring on the opening driving after a touchdown run by quarterback Brennen Dowden. After a successful two-point conversion the Raiders held an 8-0 advantage.
After a connection of 27 yards from Dowden to Wide Receiver Austin Zimmer, the Raiders were set up for another scoring opportunity. Dalton Hatcher finished off the drive with a two-yard run to push the Raiders lead to 14-0. The two-point conversion increased the lead to 16-0.
Hagerstown got on the scoreboard with 7:18 in the second quarter after a short, but successful drive. After a two-point score, they trailed Shenandoah by 16-8.
The Raiders responded with scoring their third touchdown after Hatcher reached the end zone for the second time, this time from a pass from Dowden. Another a successful two-point attempt increased the Raiders lead to 24-8 with 3:08 remaining in second quarter.
Shenandoah had one final possession to end the first half and completed on a 23-yard pass from Dowden to Zimmer to score a touchdown. After a successful two-point play Shenandoah led Hagerstown by a score of 32-8 at halftime.
In third quarter, Raiders defense came up big with a fumble recovery in the end zone as Hagerstown was trying to score a running touchdown.
Hagerstown scored a touchdown with 11:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, cutting the gap to 32-14. The Tigers added another touchdown with 2:15 remaining and the margin stood at 32-20.
The Raiders were able to close out the game with successful running plays to earn the hard fought 32-20 victory.