If looking for a confidence builder this week, the River City Raiders face a team this weekend that they have already defeated in the inaugural season of Arena Pro Football (APF).
However, the St. Charles County-based collective (1-2) can’t head into Saturday’s meeting with the Alabama Outlawz (0-3) too cocky. For starters, they compete for the first time this season outside the confines of the Family Arena and meet a spunky squad presenting their home opener.
More importantly, the Raiders are looking to shake a two-game losing streak that contained early sputters due to turnovers.
River City was dealt a 54-39 home setback by undefeated Richmond this past Saturday night in a contest that saw the Raiders commit six turnovers. The Roughriders’ 19-0 first-half run was instrumental in the victory that kept the Virginians’ record unblemished (2-0).
On the positive side, River City receiver DeAndre Jackson scored a trio of touchdowns Saturday, two via catches and on a field goal attempt return, pushing his total to five through three games. Keenan Miller also had a touchdown catch against Richmond.
The question that remains for the Raiders heading into the contest is the status of starting quarterback Kevis Hamilton, who left Saturday’s game with an injury. If he is unable to make the roster against Alabama, signs point to starting defensive back DeJuan Bolden, who filled in the spot during the Raiders’ second game of the season versus Florida, more than likely receiving the assignment.
In the first game of the season, the Raiders topped the Outlawz 45-34 at Family Arena. Kickoff for Saturday’s game at Columbiana, Alabama’s Shelby County Expo Center is at 7 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Central).
The Raiders return to Family Arena on Saturday, April 28 against APF rival Savannah.
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