Raiders Lose To Knights 40-28 In Class 2A PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rosemarie Kelly   
Saturday, 24 November 2012 05:11

By Rosemarie Kelly

With 1:32 left in the first half, the Class 2A No. 1 ranked Cardinal Ritter Raiders found themselves in a dark hole, trailing No. 5 ranked Fort Wayne Luers 27-0. The Raiders fought bought back with the weapons that got them to the title game, and pulled to within 33-28 with a little more than six minutes left in the game.

But Notre Dame recruit and Mr. Football candidate Jaylon Smith answered the call, rushing 16-yards to the end zone in the ensuing possession to put the Knights ahead 40-28 with 2:36 remaining.

Ritter showed its heart and character by driving all the way to the Knights' 4-yard line. But senior defensive back Kendrick Mullen batted away an end-zone pass intended for Raiders receiver Alex Parrett with nine seconds left, and the dream of an undefeated season and state title was dashed.

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"We wanted to go out fighting," said Raiders coach Ty Hunt after the game."Our guys gutted it out, and we just came up a little short."

The Raiders came into the title game averaging 51.4 points during the entire tournament. A swarming defense stopped the Raiders running game in the first half, while the normally sound passing game was unreliable.

The Raiders got on the scoreboard with 18 seconds left in the first half when junior quarterback Jake Purichia threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jake Hagan. The score stood 27-7 at halftime.

The fight back

Ritter cut the deficit to 27-14 when Purichia found Hagan again, this time on a 35-yard touchdown pass with 5:20 left in the third quarter.

The Raiders made it a game when Hagan scored his third touchdown of the game on a 38-yard punt return with 10:38 remaining in the fourth quarter to close the game to 27-21.

Fort Wayne Bishop Luers got their offense back on track on the ensuing possession, driving 63 yards in nine plays, scoring a touchdown on a one-yard rushing play by Tyvel Jemison with 7:15 left in the game. The Knights went for two points, but failed to convert, leaving the score at 33-28.

When Ritter took over at the Knights 34-yard line, Purichia connected on a 48-yard pass to Logan Beaman to the Luers 18-yard line. Two plays later, Purichia tossed a 15-yard touchdown to Jake Hagan, who scored his fourth touchdown of the game.  The point after was good, making it 33-28 with 6:07 left in the game.

But the Raiders couldn't stop the Knights on the next possession as they drove 60 yards in seven plays, and Smith scored the game's final touchdown.

Hagan had a spectacular game in defeat, catching nine passes for 138 yards and scoring four touchdowns. Logan Beaman gained 76 yards on 17 carries.

Sweeney wins Mental Attitude Award

Cardinal Ritter senior  offensive tackle Joseph Sweeney received the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award for Class 2A. Sweeney ranks second his senior class of 120. The son of Pat and Alice Sweeney, he is a National Merit Semifinalist, a member of the National Honor Society, and Colts Academic All-state Team member.

In a statewide TV interview, Sweeney said, "I'm real thankful to be here and this a real honor. We put up a great fight, and I am proud of our team."


2011 - Cardinal Ritter buries Broad Ripple 79-9 in a regular action of boys swimming.

2001 - Visiting Indian Creek limits Cardinal Ritter to five points in fourth quarter en route to a 62-48 win in girls basketball action.

1991 - Speedway outscores Cardinal Ritter 20-9 in the decisive second quarter on the way to a 61-42 win in girls basketball.

1981 - Northwest outscores host Cardinal Ritter 23-12 in fourth quarter on the way to a 62-47 victory in girls hoops.

1976 - Ladywood St. Agnes knocks off Cardinal Ritter by the score of 54-37 in a girls basketball contest.

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