Venom vs Nova

Venom thrash Nova, drop C-note

Two weeks after dropping a lower-end D1 squad with ease, the undefeated Venom found even less resistance as it dismantled winless Nova upon returning to D2 league play. Raleigh fly half Chelsea Garber led the scoring with four tries and 10 conversions to earn back of the match, but a number of players from prop to wing found a try …

Rough first half, lapses sink Vipers in Baltimore, 24-19

For the second game in a row, the Raleigh Vipers fought back after falling behind on of the league’s top teams. And for the second straight game, a bonus point for a loss provided the barest of consolation after a 24-19 loss to Baltimore-Chesapeake. Outside center Michael Melendez-Rivera scored two tries for Raleigh (3-5) in a second half won by …

Vipers heartbroken but not empty-handed after nearly toppling Potomac

After a sluggish first half the Raleigh Vipers controlled the second half and managed to secure two points in the standings. But the furious comeback came up just short as the still-undefeated Potomac Exiles survived a thriller in its trip to the South, 27-26. After a couple of breaks Raleigh knocked on the door late, threatening to erase a three-point …

Venom Thrash D1 James River in Friendly

The Raleigh Venom have outclassed Division 2 competition all year, but have felt they lack the numbers to jump to D1. Saturday against a struggling D1 team, at least, it didn’t seem to be a problem. Raleigh plastered D1 James River 69-0 in a friendly to remain unbeaten on the season. Wing Holley Zoeller scored four tries to earn back …

Vipers beat MAC whipping boys, emerge in playoff position

Vipers beat MAC whipping boys, emerge in playoff position After a brutal schedule out of the gates, consecutive wins against the Mid-Atlantic Conference’s two heavily-struggling clubs have the Raleigh Vipers sitting in playoff position halfway through the conference slate. Not that the two efforts mirrored each other: The team followed up a 27-19 home win over Nova that was among …

Venom Dominant Again

It was unlikely the Venom would top a 95-point effort from the week before. And they didn’t. But they tried. Raleigh stayed perfect by rolling to a 71-0 road victory over Maryland Stingers, again clearly outclassing a DII foe to run their record to 4-0. Wing Holly Zoeller (who later moved to outside center) kicked off the scoring in the …

Vipers break through with late try against Schuylkill

Since the start of last fall, the Raleigh Vipers have suffered four crushing home defeats in the final minutes. The team did not let Saturday become a fifth. Vipers winger Steve Johnson capped a multi-phase team effort on the winning try in the 77th minute and the Vipers held on for a 17-15 win over Schuylkill River, but only after …

No Mercy: Venom obliterate Frederick 95-0

After a solid win against a Norfolk team it hadn’t beaten in years, the Raleigh Venom decimated another league foe and appears to be the class of its league after a 95-0 win over Frederick (Md.). Frederick just moved up from DIII this season, and Raleigh welcomed their new guests rudely, although it took time to hit full steam. Coaches …