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Raiders Survive, Stay Unbeaten

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(Courtesy: SOU Sports Information)

The Rocky Mountain (Mont.) Bears gave ninth-ranked Southern Oregon some things to think about - and nearly a dented record if not for their failed two-point conversion attempt - on Saturday afternoon at Raider Stadium.

The Bears paid the price for going for the kill instead of the tie in the Raiders' 24-23 victory, the first this season that has prompted widespread nail-biting. After Rocky fell behind 24-10 in the fourth quarter, quarterback Drew Korf sent pretty touchdown passes to Max Gray of 12 yards with 8:31 left and one yard with 1:25 left, but he overthrew his open tight end, Darneail Jenkins, over the middle on a two-point try that could've flipped the result.

By surviving, the Raiders went 5-0 in the Frontier and sit alone at the top of the standings with a bye week next. Behind them and fifth-ranked Montana Tech (4-0), every other team in the conference has at least two losses. Both of Rocky's (3-3 overall, 3-2 FC) have been decided in the final minutes.

For the first time this year, the Raiders had to fight a halftime deficit to keep their perfect record intact.

Tanner Trosin completed 27 of 44 passes for 323 yards, and his eight-yard rush into the end zone on a draw play less than two minutes into the second quarter was the first score of the game. The Bears answered back with an 11-play drive that resulted in Griff Amies' 38-yard field goal, however, and they recovered their own short, ensuing kickoff at SOU's 22-yard line.

Rocky's starting QB, Jacob Bakken, took advantage of the condensed field and rushed in a four-yard TD to make it 10-7.

In the second half, SOU forced the Bears into three straight punts and held them to 34 total yards on the drives that preceded them to set up the rally. The Raiders found the end zone on their first two possessions of the half - Michael Roots got loose for a 23-yard TD burst, and Trosin hit tight end Dalton Yoder on play-action from five yards out for his first career TD catch - and Marcus Montano's career-long field goal of 48 yards put them up 24-10 with 10:28 remaining in the fourth.

Korf, who completed 13 of 18 passes for 152 yards, quickly led the Bears on a 69-yard drive to cut the deficit in half with 8:31 left, and Isaac Hurd fumbled away SOU's next drive gave them the ball back. On fourth-and-goal from the one, Korf placed a ball perfectly in the corner of the end zone to find Gray and keep their hopes alive, but they were dashed when his final pass to Jenkins was too strong.

Matt Boudreaux became the third Raider with a 100-plus-yard receiving game this season, hauling in five passes for 116 yards, and despite the fumble, Hurd also came through with a career-best game of seven catches for 70 yards. Chase Cole was the third SOU player with a season-high receiving total, making five catches for 41 yards, and Roots rushed eight times for 59 yards within a rushing attack that was otherwise stifled.

For the Bears, Gray's eight catches spanned 71 yards while Sam Sparks and Bakken combined to net 118 rushing yards on 23 carries.

Ten of Keegan Lawrence's 11 tackles were of the solo variety, and he also picked up a first-half interception to lead the Raider defense. Devvon Gage added 11 tackles, and August Forrest III, James Porter and Tre Holmes each got in on two of SOU's five sacks.

The Raiders are 5-0 for the sixth time in team history. They'll pick up on Oct. 14 at Eastern Oregon.ASHLAND - The Rocky Mountain (Mont.) Bears gave ninth-ranked Southern Oregon some things to think about - and nearly a dented record if not for their failed two-point conversion attempt - on Saturday afternoon at Raider Stadium.

The Bears paid the price for going for the kill instead of the tie in the Raiders' 24-23 victory, the first this season that has prompted widespread nail-biting. After Rocky fell behind 24-10 in the fourth quarter, quarterback Drew Korf sent pretty touchdown passes to Max Gray of 12 yards with 8:31 left and one yard with 1:25 left, but he overthrew his open tight end, Darneail Jenkins, over the middle on a two-point try that could've flipped the result.

By surviving, the Raiders went 5-0 in the Frontier and sit alone at the top of the standings with a bye week next. Behind them and fifth-ranked Montana Tech (4-0), every other team in the conference has at least two losses. Both of Rocky's (3-3 overall, 3-2 FC) have been decided in the final minutes.

For the first time this year, the Raiders had to fight a halftime deficit to keep their perfect record intact.

Tanner Trosin completed 27 of 44 passes for 323 yards, and his eight-yard rush into the end zone on a draw play less than two minutes into the second quarter was the first score of the game. The Bears answered back with an 11-play drive that resulted in Griff Amies' 38-yard field goal, however, and they recovered their own short, ensuing kickoff at SOU's 22-yard line.

Rocky's starting QB, Jacob Bakken, took advantage of the condensed field and rushed in a four-yard TD to make it 10-7.

In the second half, SOU forced the Bears into three straight punts and held them to 34 total yards on the drives that preceded them to set up the rally. The Raiders found the end zone on their first two possessions of the half - Michael Roots got loose for a 23-yard TD burst, and Trosin hit tight end Dalton Yoder on play-action from five yards out for his first career TD catch - and Marcus Montano's career-long field goal of 48 yards put them up 24-10 with 10:28 remaining in the fourth.

Korf, who completed 13 of 18 passes for 152 yards, quickly led the Bears on a 69-yard drive to cut the deficit in half with 8:31 left, and Isaac Hurd fumbled away SOU's next drive gave them the ball back. On fourth-and-goal from the one, Korf placed a ball perfectly in the corner of the end zone to find Gray and keep their hopes alive, but they were dashed when his final pass to Jenkins was too strong.

Matt Boudreaux became the third Raider with a 100-plus-yard receiving game this season, hauling in five passes for 116 yards, and despite the fumble, Hurd also came through with a career-best game of seven catches for 70 yards. Chase Cole was the third SOU player with a season-high receiving total, making five catches for 41 yards, and Roots rushed eight times for 59 yards within a rushing attack that was otherwise stifled.

For the Bears, Gray's eight catches spanned 71 yards while Sam Sparks and Bakken combined to net 118 rushing yards on 23 carries.

Ten of Keegan Lawrence's 11 tackles were of the solo variety, and he also picked up a first-half interception to lead the Raider defense. Devvon Gage added 11 tackles, and August Forrest III, James Porter and Tre Holmes each got in on two of SOU's five sacks.

The Raiders are 5-0 for the sixth time in team history. They'll pick up on Oct. 14 at Eastern Oregon.


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