The Raiders once again jumped all over their opponent from the opening kickoff. Forcing Galena to punt on its opening drive, Reed took its first possession at the Grizzlies’ 48. Three passes later and just over two minutes into the game, Reed was on the scoreboard on a 13-yard pass from A.J. Silva to Chad Gray.
Galena’s next possession was another three-and-out and the Raiders turned a short field into more points. Starting at the Grizzlies’ 37-yard line, Reed used a 28-yard pass from Silva to Alex Young to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Silva, grabbing the 14-0 lead.
The following Galena drive was also short lived as a backwards pass was recovered by Reed cornerback David Hibler at the Grizzlies’ 25-yard line.
Reed converted on the very next play from scrimmage as Silva connected on a 25-yard pass to Young to give the Raiders the 21-0 advantage six minutes into the game.
“Let’s be honest, it makes it a lot easier on the offense, getting those short fields like that,” Reed coach Ernie Howren said. “The defensive staff and the kids just do what they do so well. For them, they’ve given up six points in the last four weeks, and that’s just them working their tails off out there.”
The Grizzlies finally put together a drive against the Reed defense, making it into Reed territory for the first time in the game, but the drive stalled and they turned the ball over on downs.
Reed then went three-and-out, but the ensuing punt touched the leg of a Galena player and Hibler was once again on the spot to recover the ball at the Grizzlies’ 25-yard line.
The Raiders wasted no time capitalizing as Silva hit Chad Gray on a post route for a 23-yard touchdown, making the score 28-0 with a minute remaining in the first quarter.
One play after kicking the ball off, the Raiders once again had the ball after cornerback Spencer Stockton jumped a hook route and picked the ball off at the Galena 36-yard line.
A short field once again translated into points for Reed as Silva threw a five-yard pass to Young for the touchdown, pushing the lead to 35-0 a minute into the second quarter.
“All summer long, even back to the spring, we talked about getting a fast start and executing well in the first quarter and the first half, and the kids totally bought into that,” Howren said. “It’s a credit to them because they’ve worked so hard all year long and they’ve put themselves in this position.”
Galena’s next drive stalled out and it punted to the Reed 24-yard line. The Raiders then went the length of the field, as Devin Gray took a screen pass from Silva 56 yards to Galena’s 20-yard line, setting up a 17-yard touchdown. Silva and Young connected for their third touchdown of the night, making the deficit 42-0 with six minutes left in the first half.
With the game in control, Reed added another touchdown just before halftime when Hibler intercepted a pass at the Raiders’ 19-yard line and weaved across the field to the opposite sideline as he took the ball 81 yards for the pick-six, leaving the scoreboard reading 49-0 at the intermission.
The Raiders added one last score, opening the second half with an 87-yard kickoff return by Austin Polli that made the final score 56-0.
Silva finished with nine completions on 12 attempts for 198 yards and five touchdowns. Chad Gray had two catches, both touchdowns, for 36 yards, while Young led the receiving corps with 73 yards on four receptions, three of which went for scores.
Reed (5-1) hosts Bishop Manogue Friday at 7:30 p.m.