Racine Raiders Football Club | Racine, Wis. |

Nine is Fine!

Racine Raiders players celebrating after winning the team's ninth national championship!Two rookies led the Racine Raiders to their ninth national championship since 1981, a 39-8 win over the Detroit Seminoles. Tyrone Galvin returned a punt for a touchdown and Justin Schoepke booted five field goals en route to claiming the National Football Events Summer/Fall national championship and the Habush, Habush and Rottier trophy.

It was one of the most veteran Raiders that got the team on the board first, however. Craig McClelland hit Sam D’Alie on a ten yard pass with 8:19 to play in the first quarter to put the Raiders up 7-0.

Schoepke, the special teams player of the year in the Mid-States Football League this season, extended the lead to 10-0 with a 36-yard field goal with 14:50 to play in the first half.

Glavin then broke a 48 yard punt return for a touchdown, his third punt return for a touchdown this season, his sixth overall return touchdown and 12th overall touchdown. He was freed by a punishing block by Justin Benko on the play. The Raiders led 17-0 with 10:46 to play in the half.

The Raiders got to the Seminoles goal line late in the first half but couldn’t punch the ball in so in came Schoepke for his second field goal of the game, this one just a little more than an extra point in distance and the Raiders led 20-0 going into the half.

Schopeke would kick two third quarter field goals, from 27 and 21 yards away, to extend the Raiders lead to 26-0 heading into the final quarter.

With 4:02 to play in the game, head coach Wilbert Kennedy trotted out Joel DaPra for a 40 yard field goal. DaPra connected to give Racine a 29-0 lead.

Schoepke added his fifth field goal of the game with 1:55 remaining, this one from 33 yards away, to extend the Raiders lead to 32-0.

The Raiders couldn’t hold the shutout as Detroit went 85 yards on just three plays, ending with a 12 yard pass from Mike Awkeri to Zach Finlet. Byron Broyles ran in the two-point conversion and the Raiders lead was cut to 32-8 with 1:10 to play.

Seminoles kicker Rasko Apostolovski attempted an onside kick. The ball was plucked out of the air by Chris Hicks and returned 45 yards for a touchdown, giving the Raiders the 39-8 win.

Craig McClelland was named offensive player of the game, completing six passes for 101 yards, the one touchdown and one interception. Justin Ankley received defensive player of the game honors with six tackles, including a sack and tackle for loss.

The star of the game, however, was the man who had never kicked a football in a game until this season. Schoepke received game most valuable player honors, connecting on all five field goals he attempted and drilling all three extra points through for Racine.