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Belle City Blowout

Dorian Palmer goes up high against Torin Turner to pull in a Raiders touchdown in Belle City Bowl VI Saturday night.It reads like a fishing tale. Nobody would believe it if you just talked about the first quarter and the final outcome of Belle City Bowl VI between the Racine Raiders and Racine Threat Saturday night at Historic Horlick Athletic Field.

The Threat won the coin toss and chose to receive. They proceeded to methodically slice apart the Raiders defense on that opening drive, taking 6:42 off the clock as they put together a 13 play drive that went 61 yards. Sirg Albritton would cap the drive off with a 15 yard touchdown scramble giving the Threat a 6-0 lead as T.J. Hearn’s extra point attempt was blocked by Torie Ruffin.

Aaron Hilliard returns a Threat fumble 55 yards for a touchdown.The Raiders would tie the game on their first possession, putting together an equally impressive 9 play, 60 yard drive, culminating in a J.R. Taylor one-yard touchdown run, the first of three touchdowns for Taylor in the game. The teams would actually end the first quarter knotted up at six as Justin Schoepke sailed his extra point attempt wide of the posts.

Now is the part where people might not believe you and it seems like a fishing tall tale.

The Raiders then rattled off 35 straight points in Belle City Bowl VI, turning it into the Belle City Blowout, as they would go on to win 91-20 in the Mid-States Football League game. The 91 points scored by the Raiders is the third most points scored in team history. The Raiders beat the Chicago Thunder, the team they will play Jaarael Bell fights Torin Turner for the football and comes away with an interception.next week in Chicago, 103-0 in 1992 and the Chicago Falcons 97-0 in 1994 in a Midwest Football League semi-final game.

The 111 points scored between the two teams makes the game the highest scoring affair in Racine Raiders history. The shutout of the Thunder was the only other time the Raiders were part of a game where both teams combined to score 100 points or more.

The Raiders nearly doubled-up the Threat in first downs, 30-16 and posted 101 more rushing yards than the Threat and 162 more passing yards. The Raiders ran 50 plays for 510 total yards, a 10.2 yard per play average. The Threat ran more plays, 61, but mustered just 247 total yards, an average of 4.0 yards per play.

Nate Heard pops the helmet off of a Threat offensive player.The Raiders converted 5 of 8 third downs and both of their fourth down attempts. The Threat converted just 5 of 13 third downs and their one fourth down attempt.

The Raiders scored six touchdowns on the ground and five through the air. Taylor had three rushing touchdowns while rookie Howard Triplett had 3 carries for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tyrone Galvin also added a rushing touchdown and a punt return touchdown. Ivry Lashley didn’t score for the Raiders but he did have 2 carries for 56 yards while Connor Flannery added 3 rushes for 30 yards.

All three quarterbacks on the Raiders roster threw a touchdown pass in the game. Craig McClelland was nearly flawless, completing 9 of 10 pass attempts for 179 yards and three touchdowns. His lone incompletion was a drop by Terrance Fitch who rebounded with 2 catches, both going for touchdowns, for 73 yards.

Tyler Elliott slips a Threat defender and gets into the endzone for another Raiders touchdown.Anthony Johnson completed all three of his pass attempts for 49 yards and a touchdown. Josh Tylski completed 3 of 4 passes for 35 yards and his first career touchdown.

Besides Fitch, Tyler Elliott, Myles Spiegel and Dorian Palmer all had touchdown catches in the game.

The Raiders also got a defensive touchdown when J.D. Hardy dislodged the ball from Albritton and Aaron Hilliard grabbed it in the air and returned it 55 yards the other way for a Raiders score.

DiQuan McRae led the Raiders with seven tackles, including a tackle for loss. Steve Kleist recorded five tackles, 1-1/2 sacks and 1-1/2 tackles for loss. Justin Ankley, in his first action since the first half of the Des Moines game, had three tackles, two tackles for loss, and an interception, which he then fumbled and gave back to the Threat.

The Raiders now hit the road for a pair of games. They travel to play the Chicago Thunder next week and the Lincoln-Way Patriots on July 25.