The spring football campaign for the Columbia Area Youth Football Association (CAFYA) concluded recently with one team putting together a season its players will remember their entire lives.
The 10 and under Raiders finished the year with a perfect 16-0 record.
Going undefeated is impressive, but what made this season great was the way the Raiders steamrolled through their schedule. The squad posted an astonishing 16 shutouts and outscored their opposition 430-22. That is not a misprint. The Raiders averaged 26.9 points per game and yielded a miniscule 1.4 per contest.
That alone would be amazing, but this is the second title for the Raiders. They went 11-1 last year to claim the CAYFA championship. That’s 27-1 through two years. Not too shabby. Head coach Burt Rayburn has led the Raiders for 28 years between CCRD and CAYFA, and had high praise for this particular team.
“This may very well be the best Raiders team I have ever coached,” Rayburn said.
As always, when you have a team put together this type of season, you have some special players. The Raiders had plenty. One was running back Chris Torres, who torched the opposition for more than 900 yards and 40 touchdowns. He did this despite getting just a few carries per game due to the Raiders usually having large leads.
Defensively, Mike Jeschke was the leader for the Raiders. Anchoring a defense that allowed points in just three of their 13 games, Jeschke finished the season with 115 tackles and 25 sacks.
You also do not have a season like the Raiders without some good coaching. In addition to Rayburn, who also led the team’s offense, the staff included assistant coach Roff Pulliam, who led the team’s stellar defense. They were helped by assistant coach Drew Pye, who was in charge of special teams, and assistant coach Ralph Bowles, who was in charge of conditioning and equipment.
Congratulations to the CAYFA 10 and Under Raiders on a tremendous season.