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Great Scott! Raiders Season Over

J.R. TaylorThe Racine Raiders had no answer for Door County Destroyers running back TaMar Scott. Scott rushed for 152 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown as the Destroyers scored 31 unanswered points, beating Racine 31-14 in front of over 1,500 fans at Historic Horlick Athletic Field Saturday night.

The Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead against Door County in the first half. Special teams miscues and aggressive decisions by the Raiders allowed the Destroyers to close the gap to 14-6 at halftime. It was all Door County in the second half, but the Raiders still had a chance to pull out the win late.

Raiders quarterback Anthony Johnson had the hot hand in the first half while Door County struggled on offense. Johnson completed 10 of 20 passes for 216 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception in the first half. Meanwhile, the Raiders defense held Destroyers quarterback T.J. Arndt to 4-of-18 for 71 yards.

Racine struck first when Johnson found Chris Hicks wide open in the middle of the field and Hicks rumbled to the endzone for a 32-yard touchdown. With the Hunter Breunig extra point, Racine led 7-0 with 2:44 to play in the first quarter.

With 11:25 to play in the first half, Johnson hit a wide open Tyler Elliott in the middle of the field for a 63-yard touchdown. Sam Nisler added the point-after and Racine took a 14-0 lead.

Door County would finally get on the score board with 59 seconds to play in the half on a 35-yard field goal by Eric Natwick, cutting the Raiders lead to 11 points.

After a 52 yard kickoff return by Lawerance Peters, the Raiders tried to tack on some points themselves but saw their drive stall and turned the ball over on downs near midfield with 30 seconds left.

Door County got a big pass play that setup a 49-yard field goal attempt by Natwick. Natwick was short on the attempt but Ross Toeller had jumped offsides. The Destroyers lined up for a 44-yard field goal on an untimed play as time had expired, and Natwick nailed a season long field goal to pull Door County to within one score, 14-6, heading into halftime.

Door County’s defense didn’t give the Raiders much in the second half. Meanwhile, the Raiders defense had trouble getting off the field.

TaMar Scott pulled Door County to within two points on an eight-yard touchdown run. The Destroyers two-point conversion run failed and Racine still led 14-12 with 10:11 to play in the third quarter.

The Destroyers took the lead three minutes later. Johnson tossed his second of four interceptions in the game and Natwick converted a 41-yard field goal with 8:07 to play in the third quarter, giving Door County a 15-14 lead.

Natwick’s leg extended the Destroyers lead to 18-14 on a 27-yard field goal with 12:50 to play in the game.

The Raiders were finally able to consistently move the ball against Door County on their second-to-last possession of the game. A couple of big catches by Connor Flannery and Myles Spiegel set the Raiders up with a 1st-and-10 at the Door County 11 yard line.

The Raiders spiked the ball following a big completion to Spiegel, making it 2nd-and-10 from the 11 yard line. On the next play, Johnson tossed it to Taylor in the flat on the left side but Taylor dropped the pass. On third down, Johnson tried to get it to Taylor in the same spot again. This time, A.J. Hamilton read the play, jumped the route, picked off the pass, and took it 89 yards for a touchdown. The extra point gave Door County the 25-14 lead with just 11 seconds to play in the game.

Destroyers linebacker Donny Johnson picked off Anthony Johnson’s final pass of the season at midfield and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown, providing the final score of 31-14.

Door County advances to the MidStates Football League championship game against the Lincoln Way Patriots. The game will be played on October 1, 2016, at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wis. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Raiders season ends with their first loss of the year also being their last loss of the year. Racine won’t participate in any postseason tournaments.