Raiders fall 20-14 to Scorpions

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Raiders running back CJ Richardson advances for a gain Saturday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Two holding penalties by the Covington Raiders in overtime helped lift the Panama City Scorpions to a 20-14 win Saturday night at the Kiwanis Field in Andalusia.

The Raiders sent the game into extra minutes when CJ Richardson scampered in from 20 yards to tie the game at 14-all.

After the penalties were issued, the Scorpions then went on a four-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 55-yard TD pass for the six-point lead.

Covington had a chance late in the game with three seconds left, but couldn’t punch the gall into the end zone.

“It was a defensive struggle,” Raiders coach Jeffery Williams said. “Both teams couldn’t capitalize on each other’s turnovers. Those costly penalties cost us the game.”

Raiders linebacker Quentin Peters recovered a fumble early in the first quarter for a touchdown for an early 6-0 lead.

The Scorpions were held scoreless until about three minutes left in the first half. The Panama City team scored on a 25-yard post route to go up 8-6 at the break.

PC came out and added another post route, this time from 35 yards, for a 14-8 advantage at the end of the third quarter.

Richardson finished with 140 yards rushing on the ground for the Raiders.

Covington (4-4) will be back in action next Saturday in New Orleans against the Jaguars to finish the regular season.

The Raiders start playoff action on Sun., June 8, as they enter as the No. 8 seed in the Amateur to Professional Development Football League (APDFL).