MANSFIELD -- Luke Benden, Darius Ross and Quinterrian “Tunka” White each scored a touchdown Saturday night at R.L. Anderson Stadium to propel the College Station Raiders to an 18-0 victory over the St. Philips Saints in the Pee Wee Division II southwest region semifinals for Pop Warner.
With the victory, the Raiders improved to 10-0 for the season and advance to play the Port Arthur Cowboys at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Tigerland Stadium in College Station. The winner of that game will advance to the Pop Warner Football Championships (referred to as the Pop Warner Super Bowl) at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. during the second week of December.
Sixty-four teams compete for national championships in four different age/weight ranges (Junior Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Junior Midget & Midget).
The Raiders moved within one step of reaching Florida on Saturday night with some outstanding efforts on both sides of the ball. College Station dominated the line of scrimmage against the Dallas-area Saints.
Quarterback Morgan Halvorson tossed a short touchdown pass to Benden to put the Raiders up 6-0 in the first quarter. Behind the blocking of Junior Hererra, Chandler Coffman, Bryce Florence, Jordan Jeffery, Josh Donovan, Bitty Ransom, Scotty Gooden and Payton Burson, the Raiders also received long touchdown runs by Ross and White.
College Station’s defense then did the rest. The Raiders have only given up four touchdowns all year long (three of those came in an overtime playoff victory over Tyler), and College Station’s defense was at its best once again on Saturday in recording its eighth shutout of the year.
Drake Carnes, Payton Burson, Isaiah Goodman, Shadd Cole, Da’Michael Henson, B.J. Ross, Darius Ross, Tunka White, Charlie Glover, Cole Whittlesey, Blaine Wootan, Sidney Moehlman and Zack Smith all came up with big defensive plays in the win.