Cobblers, Raiders set to renew rivalry on the gridiron

RC Stevens leads the all-time series, 29-27

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Central would normally battle Rapid City Stevens during the final week of the high school football regular season.

But this year, that’s not the case.

In fact, the cross-town rivals are set to square off on Friday night.

This will mark the 57th meeting between these two teams with Stevens leading the all-time series, 29-27.

However, Central has won two out of the last three meetings. Last year, Central defeated Stevens, 35-25.

But the Cobblers enter the game with an 0-5 record.

So Central would like nothing better than to celebrate homecoming by beating their arch rivals.

“We’ve had some injuries and like I said, we’re getting healthy,” RC Central head football coach Erik Iverson said. “We had to plug some holes here and there and now we’ve got some guys that have been practicing all summer at their normal positions. So we’re hoping that execution will be a little bit better. So we’ll be able to operate out offense like we normally like to do.”  

Meanwhile, the Stevens Raiders are coming off a big win last Friday, in which they defeated Sioux Falls Washington in triple overtime.

The Raiders are now 2-3 on the season and ranked sixth in the Class 11 ‘AAA’ standings.

Stevens head coach Steve Svendsen feels the Raiders passing game is coming along nicely.

Quarterback Colton Hartford has found his rhythm with several wide receivers including Bridger Nesbit, Michael Norman and Bransen Kuehl.

Colton has done a good job for us the last three or four games of running the offense,” RC Stevens head football coach Steve Svendsen said. “He has just mastered everything that we’re doing and that’s a compliment to him. I thought our receivers this last game especially, you know just running our routes. Making the adjustments they need to make. I think we’re right there on the cusp of getting to where we need to be for the rest of the year.”

The game between Central and Stevens will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday at O‘Harra Stadium.

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