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Raiders shut out Devils, 55-0

The Mathews High School varsity football team fell to 1-4 on the season following Friday’s 55-0 shutout at the hands of the Rappahannock Raiders.

The last couple of minutes of the first half proved very costly for the Devils, who were playing in the first home game of the season. Trailing 20-0, the Mathews defense held the Raiders on downs with about 2:40 left in the half.

Mathews couldn’t get anything going offensively and, following a miscue on the attempted punt, Rappahannock took over on the MHS 13-yard-line. The Raiders scored on the next play, adding the two-point conversion. On the next possession, a fumble at the end of a gain for Mathews put the Raiders’ offense back on the field. Rappahannock then scored on a long run to give the visitors a commanding halftime lead, 35-0.

Friday’s game was the 49th annual Mathews Ruritan Bowl. At the end of the game, Mathews Ruritan Club vice president Ed Clayton presented MVP trophies to the game’s two quarte...

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