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Racine proves they are best Raiders on the field

Racine Raiders running back Tyrone GalvinThe Racine Raiders beat the Quad City Raiders in a penalty-filled game Saturday night at Historic Horlick Athletic Field in Racine, 38-12, in front of 1,010 fans. While Racine won on the scoreboard, they may have lost some key players in the game for an extended period.

Running backs J.R. Taylor and Ivry Lashley both left the game with leg injuries and wide receiver Dorian Palmer, seeing his first action of the season, is likely out for the season after suffering two dislocated ribs.

Taylor and Lashley are part of a three-headed rushing attack for the Raiders, who lead the Mid-States Football League in rushing, averaging nearly 200 yards per game on the ground. Taylor has 617 yards and eight touchdowns in seven games. Lashley has added 286 yards and two touchdowns. That’s over 900 yards of the team’s 1,365 rushing yards this season.

The Raiders still have electrifying rookie sensation Tyrone Galvin who is averaging nearly 11 yards a carry and has scored four touchdowns in the backfield. With Taylor and Lashley going down in Saturday’s win, Connor Flannery saw his biggest workload, rushing 16 times for 42 yards and a touchdown.

An unidentified Racine Raiders defender holds on for a tackle against the Quad City RaidersRacine came out firing on all cylinders Saturday night against Quad City. Craig McClelland hooked up with Terrence Fitch on a 26-yard touchdown pass on Racine’s first drive of the game. Racine went 57 yards on 6 plays and took a 7-0 lead with 8:26 to play in the first quarter.

Racine extended their lead to 10-0 on the first play of the second quarter, a 27-yard field goal by Justin Schoepke to cap a 9-play, 27-yard drive that took 5:15 off the clock.

Racine would find pay dirt late in the second quarter following a 53-yard punt return by Lashley that gave Racine the ball at the Quad City eight-yard line. Galvin took a pitch to the right, ran into resistance, and turned and ran to the opposite side of the field, got the corner and scored, giving the Raiders a 17-0 lead with under three minutes to play in the half.

Racine still wasn’t done as they’d score a touchdown with 30 seconds left in the half. Following a failed fourth down conversion attempt by Quad City, Racine took over near midfield. McClelland completed a 17 yard pass to Tyler Elliott and a 29 yard screen pass to Galvin to get Racine to the Quad City three-yard line. McClelland then hit Dominique Washington on a three-yard slant to give Racine a 24-0 halftime lead.

Galvin got fans on their feet to start the second half, returning the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to give Racine a 31-0 lead.

Racine Raiders tight end Chris Hicks.Quad City never gave up, despite being down big and Racine continually shot themselves in the foot most of the second half as they picked up 10 of their 15 penalties. One penalty took a touchdown off the board and several others took place on third or fourth down to extend Quad City drives that should’ve stalled.

Quad City ruined the Racine shutout hopes with 11:41 to play in the third quarter. Rob Jones hit Elijah Evans on a delayed screen pass in the middle of the field. Evans evaded Nate Harris and ran 54 yards for the touchdown. The Mike Roche extra-point attempt was no good but Quad City cut the Racine lead to 31-6.

The next score would come courtesy of Flannery who was able to pound the ball in from one yard away, capping a 9-play, 36-yard drive that ate 6:03 off the clock and extended Racine’s lead to 38-6.

Quad City got the final score of the game with under a minute to play. Wide receiver Marcus Terry beat Erick Sanders and Jones hit him in stride and Terry finished the 71 yard pass play by getting into the endzone. The two-point conversion attempt failed as Jones was sacked and fumbled the ball, giving Racine a 38-12 win.

Racine Raiders running back Ivry Lashley.Racine’s defense was all over Jones the entire game. Jones was sacked six times in the game and got knocked to the turf on most passing plays.

The final touchdown pass for Quad City actually gave them more total yards in the game, the first time that’s happened to Racine all season. Quad City finished with 71 rushing yards and 205 passing yards for 276 total yards. Racine ended with 123 rushing yards and 125 passing yards for a total of 248 yards.

Racine picked up 15 penalties for 125 yards and Quad City had 11 penalties for 57 yards. Racine recorded two interceptions and recovered a fumble in the game.

Racine next plays the Racine Threat at Hammes Field in Racine on Saturday, August 23rd. The winner of this game will win the MSFL Northern Conference and have a chance for home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The game is expected to be a sellout but fans can listen to the broadcast on WRJN 1400 AM and online at http://www.wrjn.com beginning at 6:45 p.m. The Threat are having ticket presales limited to their fans so it’s uncertain how many tickets will be available at the gate on gameday. There is also an online coupon available via Valpak for $2 off of an adult ticket or $1 off of a youth ticket.

The Raiders return to Historic Horlick Athletic Field on Saturday, August 30, and will host “Racine’s Largest Tailgate Party.” which will feature a large Klement’s truck grill, music, clowns doing face-painting and making balloon animals and much more. Gates will open early for the August 30 game against the Dakota Lawdawgs.