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Raiders announce 2015 schedule

2015 Racine Raiders ScheduleThe Racine Raiders road to a third MidStates Football League (MSFL) title may be the toughest road for a returning championship team in league history. The 2015 schedule also includes a rare Sunday matinee game for the team.

The combined 2014 record of the Raiders league opponents is 71-29, a .710 winning percentage. The Raiders two non-league opponents went a combined 32-7 last year and the Raiders will travel to play both of them – the Des Moines Blaze and the Fox Valley Force. That means Raiders opponents went a combined 93-31 last season, a .750 winning percentage. The team is still looking for an opponent for either a Friday night tussle on July 3 or a Sunday afternoon bout on July 5.

The Raiders kickoff the 2015 campaign with back-to-back road games against the Des Moines Blaze and Fox Valley Force. The Blaze have run rough shot over the Midwest Football Alliance (MFA) since it was formed in 2011. Des Moines has won 49 straight games, which is fifth best all-time in semi-pro history according to Semi-Pro Football Headquarters. The four-time MFA champions will again be a tested team coming into the Raiders first game of the season with three games under their belt, including the opening game of their season against the St. Paul Pioneers, who captured one of several national titles handed out in Florida in January.

The Fox Valley Force lost in the Northern Elite Football League (NEFL) championship game to the Pioneers, 20-17, en route to an 11-2 season. Their only losses came to teams that clinched a national title in 2014, the Pioneers and the Raiders.

Racine will start off the 2015 regular season against the three rookie members of the MSFL – home against the Rock County Rage, at the Door County Destroyers and home against the Sheboygan Rebels. That trio of teams combined to go 34-7 in 2014 and two won league titles while the third was a runner-up.

The Raiders won’t play on July 4 but will host their first Friday or Sunday game in several years at Historic Horlick Field on either Friday, July 3 or Sunday, July 5. Due to all of the activities that take place on July 4, the team will not play on the actual July 4 holiday.

Your Hometown Team then hosts the Racine Threat in the annual Belle City Bowl. After that, the Raiders travel south of the border for two games – the Chicago Thunder and Lincoln-Way Patriots – before returning home for a game against the Muskego Hitmen. They then head back to the Land of Lincoln for the final game of the 2015 regular season against the Chicago Mustangs.

The Hitmen and Mustangs are the only teams on the Raiders 2015 schedule that didn’t finish at least six games above .500 in 2014. Muskego ended up 4-6 while the Mustangs had an off-year going 3-6.

The Rock County Rage begin their fourth season in 2015 and are coming off of back-to-back Ironman Football League (IFL) titles. They have a new head coach this season and it’s none other than former Raiders head coach Jordan Kopac.

The Door County Destroyers start their third season in 2015, having been members of the Wisconsin State Football League (WSFL) previously. The Destroyers went 11-2 last season and won the WSFL title.

The Sheboygan County Rebels are the most established of the three new teams on the Raiders schedule. They’ve been around since 2001, although they went as the Oostburg Rebels back then. The Rebels played in the IFL in 2001 and 2002 before switching to the WSFL in 2003, where they stayed until this season. They are 121-35 all-time, a .776 winning percentage. They’ve been in the last four WSFL title games, winning one. Last season, they fell to the Door County Destroyers, 17-7. The Rebels won four WSFL titles, twice beating the Threat in championship games.

Since July 4 falls on a Saturday this season, and the team wants to be able to fully participate in all of the community activities associated with the special day, the Raiders won’t play on the holiday. They then host the Racine Threat in the annual Belle City Bowl. The Threat have never beaten the Raiders.

Racine then travels to play the Chicago Thunder, who gave them troubles in the MSFL championship game and then go to Lincoln-Way to play the Patriots who had the best record in their conference of the MSFL in the regular season last year. The Raiders finish up at home against the Muskego Hitmen and then travel to play the Chicago Mustangs.

Four teams from each conference will make the playoffs this season, meaning only one team will miss out on a playoff appearance. There will be no playoff bye weeks in 2015. The teams joining the Raiders in the Northern Conference are: Door County Destroyers, Muskego Hitmen, Rock County Rage, Racine Threat and Sheboygan County Rebels.


May 30 – @ Des Moines Blaze (MFA)
June 6 – @ Fox Valley Force (NEFL)
June 13 – Rock County Rage
June 20 – @ Door County Destroyers
June 27 – Sheboygan County Rebels
July 3 or 5 – To Be Determined (home game)
July 11 – Racine Threat
July 18 – @ Chicago Thunder
July 25 – @ Lincoln-Way Patriots
August 1 – Muskego Hitmen
August 8 – @ Chicago Mustangs