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Racine beats Quad City in battle of Raiders

D.J. Smith returns a punt for a touchdown against the Quad City Raiders.The Racine Raiders clinched home field advantage in the Northern Conference playoffs and proved to be the better of the two Raiders teams in the MidStates Football League with a 48-7 win over the Quad City Raiders Saturday night at Historic Horlick Athletic Field. Both teams were low on bench players as Quad City traveled with 25 players and Racine only suited up 36 men.

The game got off to a slow start as Quad City went three-and-out on their first two drives and Racine quarterback Anthony Johnson threw a pick on the first play from scrimmage on offense for Racine.

Racine would get on the board first, however, as Anthony Johnson hit Myles Spiegel for a 27-yard touchdown to end a 6 play, 78 yard drive, that took 4:32 off the clock. Nick Hall, kicking for the injured Justin Schoepke and his backup Brandon Zoeller, missed the extra point but Racine led 6-0 with 7:11 to play in the opening quarter.

Myles Spiegel looks for yards after the catch.Quad City responded right back. Robert Jones returned the Nick Hall kick 81 yards to the Racine five-yard line. On 3rd and 4, Rob Jones rolled to his right and pitched the ball to Derek Wernsman who took it in from four yards away to tie the game. The kick by Mike Roche was good and Quad City took a 7-6 lead with 6:06 to play in the first quarter. That would be their only score.

Racine methodically marched down the field on their next drive. J.R. Taylor put the exclamation point on the 63 yard, 10 play drive, with a three-yard touchdown run to give Racine the lead at 12-7. Racine went for the two-point conversion and succeeded with Johnson finding D.J. Smith to give Racine a 14-7 lead with 14:36 to play in the first half.

Exactly six minutes later, Johnson would score on a naked bootleg to his right, going in from one yard out. He’d convert the two-point conversion pass to Tyler Elliott and gave Racine a 22-7 lead.

Racine’s final score in the first half came with less than a minute left on a Howard Triplett 26-yard run to cap a 9 play, 52 yard drive and give Racine a 28-7 lead heading into the half.

Deveron Davis returns an interception against the Quad City Raiders.Neither team could do much in the third quarter but Johnson did find Taylor coming out of the backfield for a 31-yard touchdown pass with 3:15 left to play in the quarter, giving Racine a 35-7 lead.

Smith added a 62 yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and Triplett scored on a four yard run, giving Racine a 48-7 win and clinching home field advantage through the Northern Conference playoffs.

Racine dominated the game on the scoreboard and the stats sheet, holding Quad City to 104 total yards and 7 first downs.

Taylor accounted for 138 total yards, 87 rushing and 51 receiving on 7 receptions. Four of his receptions went for first downs or a touchdown. Johnson finished the game 14-20 with 187 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Spiegel led Racine with 72 yards receiving.

On defense Deveron Davis led the team with eight tackles and an interception. Adaris Anderson posted seven tackles while Steve Kleist and Justin Ankley each had six tackles. Ankley added a sack and a pass knockdown.

Racine has a week off before they host the Sheboygan County Rebels in the first round of the playoffs on August 22. The game begins at 7 p.m. at Historic Horlick Athletic Field.

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