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Darby's day to shine on gridiron
As one of the Richmond Raiders' most consistent players, Darby Kwan didn't need an encore performance.
But he produced one for the ages Sunday, earning 277 yards on 15 carries and scored four touchdowns to power his nine-man Bantam Division football team to a 38-21 victory over Cloverdale Leopards in Vancouver Mainland League action at Minoru Park. Raiders' offensive co-ordinator Rob Parmar called it one of the most inspiring efforts he's ever seen.
"I've been around football most of my life, and with the Raiders for the last eight seasons, and I've never seen anything like it," said Parmar. "And he also played very well on the defensive side of the ball (at defensive tackle)."
Two of Kwan's major scores also came late in the game, after the Leopards had clawed their way back to within three points of the Raiders and assumed the emotional momentum.
"We have a lost of new players and maybe we became a little bit complacent with a big lead," suggested Parmar. "We also tried a few different things that Cloverdale stopped us at, including one situation where we were forced to punt from our 10 yard line rather than giving up two points."
But by going back to a basic I-formation, which centered on handing the ball off to Kwan, the Raiders were able to regain control of the game.
"Cloverdale is a good football team and they defeated once already this season (20-8) and had the better of the time of possession, so they deserve some credit too," said Parmar. "But the boys all dug a little deeper and decided they weren't' going to let the game get away."
Now 3-2 on the season, the Raiders will host 0-5 White Rock Titans on Thanksgiving Monday at 1 p.m. at Minoru Park.