Fort Mill’s newest sports league, AirRaid Flag Football, just completed its inaugural season.
Here’s a recap provided to The Fort Mill Sun:
A doubleheader was held under the lights at the Pit at Catawba Ridge High School on Monday, Oct. 28.
In the first semifinal of the night, LSU defeated UNC 34-18. LSU started off fast and never looked back as Max Owino took the opening play 45 yards for a touchdown. Owino (AirRaid’s leading rusher for the season) would finish the game with 104 yards rushing and 2 TDs. Owen Sibley led the LSU air attack with 73 yards passing and a touchdown while also catching a touchdown pass. Carter Sibley’s touchdown catch rounded out the LSU scoring. The LSU defense was anchored by Ian Burke who pulled down 3 interceptions. UNC was led by QB Will Gambrill who threw for 112 yards and 3 TD’s. Jayden Green hauled in 3 passes for 38 yards and a TD while Carter Williams and Maddox Baucom each caught touchdown passes. (Story continues below)
On the other side of the field, WSU was taking care of Florida 40-21 in a game that was much closer than score would suggest. WSU opened up a 22-12 halftime lead but Florida fought back and cut the lead to 28-21 late in the second half. After a valiant effort by the Gators fell short, WSU closed the game out with a couple of late touchdowns. WSU’s league leading offense was triggered by QB Marek Hart who threw for 210 yards and 4 TD’s. Brayden Perkins was Hart’s favorite target hauling in 7 catches for 121 yards and 2 TD’s. For Florida, Noah Dreher led the team with 79 yards receiving and a TD. AirRaid total yards leader Griffin McNaughton finished with 55 total yards and a TD while Bray Vining threw for 157 yards and 2 TD’s for the Gators. (Story continues below.)
The Championship game saw the top seed LSU Tigers taking on the #2 seed WSU Cougars. WSU took an early 6-0 lead on a terrific 14 yard pass and catch from Marek Hart to Aiden Dunnett. After the two teams traded punts, Colten Flowers caught a 17 yard TD from Ian Burke and followed it up with a catch on the conversion to put the Tigers up 7-6. It was all the Tigers would need as the stingy Tiger defense stiffened and held WSU scoreless the rest of the way. Max Owino was all over the field hauling in 3 interceptions while Ian Burke and Carter Sibley grabbed 4 and 3 tackles respectively. After WSU scored on their first drive, LSU ran off 37 straight to take the inaugural AirRaid Title 37-6. LSU’s balanced offensive attack was powered by Ian Burke at QB. Burke threw for 134 yards and 3 TD’s. Cody Whitmore led the Tiger receivers with 60 yards and a touchdown and Owen Sibley added a touchdown catch. Max Owino led all rushers with 81 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
AirRaid Flag Football would like to thank all the families that helped make this 1st season a huge success and we are looking forward to doing it again next fall. If anyone is interested in learning more about the league you can contact Steve Sibley at [email protected].
Rushing – Max Owino (LSU) – 505 yards, 6 TDs
Receiving – Brayden Perkins (WSU) – 569 yards
All Purpose – Griffin McNaughton (FL) – 1014 yards, 18 TD’s
Passing – Marek Hart (WSU) – 1625 yards, 33 TD
Passing Efficiency – Ian Burke (LSU) – 63% completion percentage, 15 TD’s, 2 INT
Tackles – Griffin McNaughton (FL) – 44
Interceptions – Bray Vining (FL) – 11
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