Steven Daniels corralled the kickoff, headed up the middle of the field, broke a tackle and blazed his way to an 87-yard touchdown return.
To make matters worse, Pleasant Valley’s Josh White fumbled the snap on the Raiders’ second play from scrimmage and the Warriors took advantage, recovering the ball on their opponents’ 41-yard line.
“It affects you,” Pleasant Valley coach Jeff Davis said about his teams’ sloppy start.
“Good teams have to be able to overcome that. Good teams have to rise to the occasion and do things right and overcome adversity. We didn’t do that.”
Westbrook drove the ball all the way to the Raiders’ 16, but Pleasant Valley’s defense stepped up, forcing three consecutive incompletions and a turnover.
The Raiders’ offense took some of the momentum back on their next possession.
Bean, White and J.P. Morris combined to rush for 50 yards on a drive that stalled at the Warriors’ 34-yard line.
After a Westbrook three-and-out, the Raiders put together another good drive that ended when Bean missed a 28-yard field goal.
“Offensively, we moved the football. We just have to finish drives,” Davis said. “We didn’t execute when we needed to in the red zone and punch it in the end zone and do the things we needed to win.”
The Warriors went to the ground on their next possession — a 13-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that saw five different players carry the football.
Chad Sharp capped the drive with a 5-yard draw through the heart of the Raiders’ defense.
Bean was the lone bright spot for Pleasant Valley Friday night, and he ran like a man possessed during the Raiders’ next possession.
After picking up a first down, Davis called Bean’s number on three consecutive plays, leading to Pleasant Valley’s lone touchdown.
Bean had back-to-back 24-yard scampers, shredding tackle after tackle along the way.
He capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run, throwing a defender to the ground on his way to the end zone.
Bean finished with 18 carries for 121 yards.
“Our offensive line worked extremely hard this week and got better,” Davis said. “Kyle is going to hit holes. If there is a hole there, Kyle is dangerous. He can get into the secondary and make things happen. He ran the ball hard.”
Just when the Raiders had gotten back into the game, Daniels struck again.
He came in motion before the snap, took a handoff from quarterback Jacob Mayfield on a jet sweep, found a hole and used his speed to race 48 yards to the end zone.
The Warriors came up with another big play just before the half when Mayfield hit wide receiver Brandon Shields on a 45-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left.
Davis was not happy with the way his defense performed on Friday night.
“Defensively, we gave up too many big plays,” Davis said.
“We gave up a kickoff return, gave up — I don’t know — a 60-yard run, another long run, 28 points at halftime, and they had one drive on us where they drove the football. We can’t give up the big plays like that.”
The final score of the night came on Westbrook’s first second-half possession, when Shields busted up the middle for a 23-yard touchdown run to finish off the Raiders.