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CHIEFS ADVANCE IN BFL OVER BLACK RAIDERS

Led by Louie Rivera’s two touchdowns, the Island Eagles ended the Black Raiders’ Budweiser Football League season Sunday with a dominating 22-2 victory.

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By John Wesley Jr.

Led by Louie Rivera’s two touchdowns, the Chiefs ended the Black Raiders’ Budweiser Football League season Sunday with a dominating 22-2 victory. The Black Raiders had a chance to move on to the playoffs, but needed to win by more than 20 points to do so.

Rivera and his Chiefs teammates had other plans though and despite scoring all their points in the first quarter, they did enough to earn a first round match-up against the two time defending champion IT&E Silver Raiders.

The Chiefs came out guns blazing and jumped to an early lead when Rivera scored his first touchdown. After a bad snap by the Raiders, Rivera picked up the loose ball and took it to the house.

“I was just thinking, run,” said Rivera, adding that nobody was going to stop him from making it to the end zone.

Rivera would hit pay dirt again in the opening period, when he caught a 10-yard pass from quarterback Leeray Zaptos. The Chiefs’ Tom Medler converted their 2-point conversion attempt on a rush to go up 14-0. Medler also scored the third and final touchdown when he busted through pylon from ten yards out.

The short-handed Raiders put up a valiant effort, holding the Chiefs scoreless for the last three quarters. They got on the scoreboard when Zachary Lambert and Calvin Muna converged on a safety. That would be their final points as the loss leaves them on the outside looking in for the playoffs.

“I wanted us to play hard today,” said Rivera after winning the Wendy’s Player of the Game. “I’m hoping we can take this win as momentum heading into Friday.”

Saturday game

After leading the entire game against the IT&E Raiders, the Micronesia Renewable Energy Hal’s Angels couldn’t stop the defending champs in the last minutes of the game. The Raiders squeaked by with a narrow 28-21 victory to secure the number one seed in the post season.

Playoffs

The first game of the playoffs will be Friday, January 29 at Angels Field. Game time is 7:30p.m.

Wendy's Player of the Game, Louie Rivera of the Island Chiefs.  (photo by Daniel Paran)

Wendy’s Player of the Game, Louie Rivera of the Island Chiefs. (photo by Daniel Paran)

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Raiders' Kyle Aguero narrowly avoids getting tackled by the Chiefs.  (photo by Daniel Paran)

Raiders’ Kyle Aguero narrowly avoids getting tackled by the Chiefs. (photo by Daniel Paran)

Raymond Macias falls short of a pass at the end zone.  (photo by Daniel Paran)

Raymond Macias falls short of a pass at the end zone. (photo by Daniel Paran)

Zachary Lambert of the Raiders takes down Gener Lumbre at the Chiefs' end zone for the safety.  (photo by Daniel Paran)

Zachary Lambert of the Raiders takes down Gener Lumbre at the Chiefs’ end zone for the safety. (photo by Daniel Paran)

Robert Salas (left) and Louie Rivera (right) work together to bring down Kevin Aivarez.  (photo by Daniel Paran)

Robert Salas (left) and Louie Rivera (right) work together to bring down Kevin Aivarez. (photo by Daniel Paran)

Chiefs' Frank Fernandez makes an attempt to intercept a pass by the Raiders.  (photo by Daniel Paran)

Chiefs’ Frank Fernandez makes an attempt to intercept a pass by the Raiders. (photo by Daniel Paran)

 Leeray Zapatos shoots a pass down field as fellow Chiefs hold back the Raiders.  (photo by Daniel Paran)

Leeray Zapatos shoots a pass down field as fellow Chiefs hold back the Raiders. (photo by Daniel Paran)

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