2008 Team Insider: Lumberton Raiders

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Lumberton Raiders

2007 was a landmark year for the Lumberton Raider football program. Prior to last season the Raiders had never seen week 11. However, all that changed as they went 9-1 during the regular season including beating Nederland in week 10 for the final playoff spot. The Raiders didn't just settle for making the playoffs either. They went on a 3 deep playoff run that included a win over defending state champion LaMarque. Last year's senior laden Raider team now gives way to a very young group in 2008. Just 6 total starters return for Lumberton this season that will try to lead the Raiders to back to back playoff appearances.

Key Wins Last Year
Nederland (33-7)
Houston Smiley (35-7)
LaMarque (24-21)

Last Year's Scores
Lumberton 41 New Caney 6
Lumberton 48 Bridge City 7
Lumberton 42 Cleveland 0
Lumberton 8 Dayton 7
Lumberton 33 Vidor 14
Lumberton 35 Central 14
PN-G 31 Lumberton 24
Lumberton 40 Ozen 22
Lumberton 21 LC-M 13
Lumberton 33 Nederland 7
Lumberton 35 Smiley 7
Lumberton 24 LaMarque 21
Waller 42 Lumberton 14

Offense

Lumberton has just 2 offensive starters back from last year's team that averaged 30 points per game but 1 of those will be a huge weapon in TB Jacob Hanna. Hanna saw limited action behind Cody Hussey at TB last season and rushed for 312 yards and 6 touchdowns on 37 carries. He will now be the go to man in the Raider backfield and should be a force in 2008. The offensive line for Lumberton should be strong as well led by OT Hunter Howden and C Kyle Gillam. Big question is can the Raiders make it back to the Playoffs? Will be alot tougher than last season losing so many starters but i have them picked 4th in a very tough District behind Nederland, PN-G and Beaumont Central. The Offensive Line will have to be replaced in spots but the young kids stepping up look to fill those shoes.

Other Key Players
Taylor Granato (WR)
Ryan Asher (TB)

Defense

Defensively the Raiders welcome back 4 starters from the 2007 unit that allowed just 14 points per game. Above mentioned Hanna will also be an impact player for the Lumberton defense after posting 49 tackles (20 for a loss) and 6 sacks last season from his DE position. At the other DE spot Kendall Duvall also returns for 2008. Last year Duvall recorded 31 tackles (9 for a loss). Also look for another big season from MLB Anthony Beard. He had an impressive 109 tackles in 2007. The Raiders still look strong on Defense, Duvall and Hanna will also have playing time on Defense. MLB Anthony Beard also returns and had  agreat season in 07.

Other Key Players
Kevin Brackin (CB)
Jesse Sparks (SS)

Nederland will be much improved from last season as well as Beaumont Central. With great Coaching and discipline look for the Raiders to be back in the Playoffs. Lumberton opens the 2008 season on the road at Hamshire-Fannett. On September 5 the Raiders welcome Barbers Hill to Raider Stadium. They close non-district play on September 12 at Silsbee. Lumberton opens 20-4A play at home when they welcome the district newcomers from Livingston. Here is the complete 2008 schedule for the Lumberton Raiders……

Aug. 29 @ Hamshire-Fannett
Sept. 5 Barbers Hill
Sept. 12 @ Silsbee
Sept. 19 OPEN
Sept. 26 Livingston*
Oct. 3 @ Vidor*
Oct. 10 Beaumont Central*
Oct. 17 Beaumont Ozen*
Oct. 24 @ Port Neches-Groves*
Oct. 31 Little Cypress-Mauriceville*
Nov. 7 @ Nederland*

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