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September 28, 2013

Raider Redemption

ESPN embarrassment inspires Andover blowout

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“The entire MVC was talking about it and disrespecting us,” said Edmunds. “Tonight, we showed we’re no joke. We’re too good a team to be embarrassed like that on national TV. Too good a team.”

Adamopoulos, who was as low as he’s been after a regular season loss, has to be thrilled with the effort.

Mid-second quarter last week, he yanked Elias off the field and took his starting job away. The 5-11, 197-pound junior was placed in a fight to earn the position back this week in practice, basically because, “he’s a nose guard, but looked like he was back playing safety last week,” said Adamopoulos.

“I was just very disappointed in myself,” said Elias. “But I came back in practice with a good attitude, and I was ready to compete for it.”

With the rest of the MVC Large schedule ahead, the competition had better not be counting on the Raiders to rest now.

Amid the post-game euphoria last night was starting center Justin Landry -- No. 77 on the Thomas return video if you care to take one last look at the carnage.

“This helps, and it’s so important to move forward,” said Landry. “But that was something we thought about all week every day.”

And the pain lingers.

“It’s not quite closed yet,” said Edmunds. “We will close the door at the end of the season. Hopefully, we’re focused on winning the MVC. And maybe we can get another shot at St. John’s in the playoffs. We definitely would like one more chance to pay them back for humiliating all of us nationally.”

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