The Nathan Hale football team would probably like me to pick against them the rest of the season. The Raiders are 2-1 in games I predict them to lose, the most recent a 21-12 win against Rainier Beach last night.
Hale’s physical defense was the story of the game, forcing four Vikings turnovers and allowing just one touchdown (Beach’s other score came via special teams). Hale lineman Jason Castoriano set the tone early with two tackles for loss in the first quarter.
The hard-nosed Raiders also benefited from some tough running by sophomore RB Nick Castoriano, who had 76 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Robert Lee led the team with rushing 79 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
“We were really fortunate to play really good defense and our offense did what they had to do, despite our turnovers and mistakes,” said Hale coach Hoover Hopkins.
Beach, which plays a ton of talented underclassmen, made too mistakes to win Friday. If it wasn’t the three interceptions or a lost fumble, it was penalties that negated big plays. One player to keep an eye on is Vikings freshman Marquis Davis, who really added a spark the Beach offense and gained 169 total yards.
Rainier Beach has lost two straight now and the road doesn’t get easier anytime soon. Reigning division champion West Seattle is next on the schedule, and the Wildcat coaching staff got a good look at the competition last night.
“We have the chance to get back on track, doing what we’re supposed to be doing and play the way we’re capable of playing,” Beach coach Mark Haley said. “If we do that we can play with anybody. If we don’t, we struggle.”
Oh, and if you’re looking for another prediction, Hale will win out and take the division No. 2 seed into the Metro crossover games.