GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — The Vermont Ravens fell short Sunday as they kicked off their 13th season in the New England Football League.
The Glens Falls Greenjackets built a commanding first-half lead and rolled to a 38-15 victory over the Ravens.
During the first half Triple A power Glens Falls made the most of some big plays to pull ahead 25-2 going into halftime. Vermont came out after the break and played Glens Falls even for the second half, with each team scoring 13 points.
In the first quarter, during a Glens Falls extra-point attempt, Ravens veteran Roy Rose laid out after bursting through the line and blocked the kick. An alert Ravens defender, Terrance Whitney, scooped up the ball and was off to the races. He sprinted 86 yards and fought off a last-ditch effort by a Greenjacket defender to dive into the endzone for two points.
First year Ravens quarterback Abdi Abdo threw two touchdown passes, both in the third quarter, and ignited the crowd with some creative scrambling to extend plays in his semi-pro football debut. Abdo found Ravens teammate Kenny Phillips II on a nice corner fade route from 15 yards out for a touchdown. Juju Ayida’s extra-point was good.
A few minutes later, after the Ravens regained procession, Abdo completed a pass to Akeem Williams, who quickly accelerated past the remaining Greenjacket defenders en route to a 68-yard touchdown reception. Williams finished the game with over 100 yards receiving.
Kenny Limoge and Rose both had one sack for Vermont and teammate Matthew Gomes recovered a fumble.
The Ravens will travel to play the Brunswick Bearcats at La Salle Institute on Saturday. The game will begin at 4 p.m. in Troy, New York.