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Auburn Riverside falls to Jefferson 31-30 in overtime | Prep football

Despite a 121-yard rushing performance by Joey Lucchesi, the Auburn Riverside Ravens were unable to hold off the Jefferson Raiders, falling 31-30 in a South Puget Sound League North 4A overtime thriller at Auburn Memorial Stadium on Friday.

The Ravens (1-4 league, 1-4 overall) shot out to an early 17-0 lead in the contest, courtesy of two touchdown runs by Lucchesi and a 42-yard field goal by Brandon Starks.

Jefferson (2-3, 2-3) responded in the second quarter with Josh Coleman finding Phillip Cuadros in the end zone from 13 yards out. The Raiders converted on the two-point conversion to put the score at 16-8.

Auburn Riverside closed out scoring in the first half with a 48-yard field goal by Starks.

In the second half Jefferson drew first blood, with Niko DelaCruz scoring on a 94-yard run.

In the final frame the Raiders added eight points with a 6-yard TD run by Dabrien Taylor and a two-point conversion on a run by DelaCruz.

Starks added his third field goal of the contest for the Ravens in the fourth quarter, this one from 20 yards out, to tie the game at  23-23 at the end of regulation.

Kevin Thomson put Auburn Riverside ahead 30-23 in overtime with a two-yard run.

Jefferson responded, however with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Dougherty to DelaCruz. Dougherty and DelaCruz put the game away by converting on the two-point conversion, delivering the Raiders a 31-30 win.

The Ravens finished the game with 252 yards of total offense, 139 on the ground and 113 through the air.

Lucchesi had 121 yards on 30 carries with two touchdowns. Thomson added 14 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown. Thomson was also 11-of-20 passing for 113 yards.

Michael Robinson finished as the team's leading receiver with 51 yards on four receptions.

Adam Hanes and Gavin Hettinger both had interceptions and Sklyar Harris and Joe Miles added sacks for Auburn Riverside defensively.

The Raiders finished with 371 yards total offense, including 250 rushing and 121 passing. DelaCruz led the team offensively with 177 yards rushing.

The Ravens will travel to French Field in Kent at 7 p.m. Thursday to take on Kent-Meridan (1-3, 1-4).

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