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 …

Vipers again fail to find answers for Blues in Norfolk

In recent years the matchup with Norfolk has become somewhat of a house of horrors for Raleigh. The Vipers didn’t wake up from the nightmare Saturday in Norfolk, dropping a 50-30 decision made as close only by two late tries by Stephen Johnson and Gareth Jones that netted the Vipers a bonus point. The Vipers have beaten or at least …

The XV plenty as Venom open with sound win in DC

The Raleigh Venom traveled to face DC Furies II with 15 players. It somehow turned out to be both barely sufficient and more than enough in their league opener. With no subs, the Venom built a quick lead and coasted to a 39-7 victory in a rainy game with plenty of hits to open with a road win. The Furies …