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Are The Rider Raiders Done?

The Wichita Falls Rider Raiders got more bad news last Friday. Star quarterback Shavodrick Beaver has torn cartilage in his left shoulder and will be out four to six weeks.

Beaver was injured on a hit by Denton Guyer linebacker Blake Terry in the first quarter last Thursday. His shoulder was wrapped and he came back early in the second quarter and led the Raiders to a 31-28 win over the Wildcats.

Malcolm Carter is now the starter but the sophomore had a rough go during his first varsity experience when Beaver was sidelined for the injury. He was in for four plays, and the Raiders lost four yards., that included a 12-yard sack.

Reid Barnett, who was the #2 quarterback at the beginning of the season, broke his wrist while playing receiver against Sulphur Springs in the second game. The cast is scheduled to be removed on Thursday but it will probably be another two weeks before he is ready to play.

Beaver is committed to Michigan and has led the Raiders four rounds deep into the Class 4A playoffs the past two years. This season he has passed and run for 1,185 total yards and 11 touchdowns. He has completed 74 of 126 passes for 898 yards and six TDs and run 49 times for 287 yards and five TDs.

The Raiders started the season as the #1 team in 4A but lost their first 3 games of the season. They are now 2-3 overall and 2-0 in District 5-4A. They have five more district games remaining and the playoffs would start in six weeks. It might be possible for Beaver to make it back for the postseason.

What are your thoughts?