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Raiders Answer the Belle

Craig McClelland looks for an open receiverThe Racine Raiders got off to a sluggish start on offense but the defense nearly held the Racine Threat scoreless Saturday night at Historic Horlick Athletic Field. The Raiders won the MidStates Football League Northern Conference crown with a 34-7 win over the Threat.

The Raiders managed just 98 yards of total offense in the first half and needed a late stand to keep the Threat off the scoreboard but went into halftime with a 10-0 lead. Justin Schoepke got the Raiders on the board first with a 30-yard field goal with 6:22 to play in the opening quarter. Less than a minute into the second half, Craig McClelland slipped away from a tackler, rolled out to his right, and fired across his body to find Terrence Fitch in the back of the endzone on a six-yard pass and the Raiders led 10-0.

The Threat drove deep into Raiders territory late in the first half but a 14-yard sack of D.J. Brown by rookie linebacker Gary Young effectively ended the Threat drive.

Rookie Tyrone Galvin sparked the Raiders in the second half. The Threat punted with 8:36 to play in the third quarter. Punter Aaron Hilliard drilled a line drive punt to Galvin who fielded the ball on the numbers on the Threat side of the field right at the 20-yard line. Galvin weaved his way through traffic, slipped away from a tackle and got a couple of downfield blocks en route to an 80-yard return for a touchdown. It was the second punt return for a touchdown on the season for Galvin who is averaging over 34 yards per punt return. He also has two kick return touchdowns and is averaging 52 yards per kick return and leads the team in total yards and touchdowns.

Raiders defensive lineman Michael Ambrose forced a fumble on a sack of Brown later in the third quarter but the Raiders were only able to get three points off of the turnover on a 40-yard field goal by Schoepke, the longest of his career, with just over two minutes to play in the third quarter.Quintell Pratcher and Ardray Jarrett hunt D.J. Brown

The Raiders extended their lead to 27-0 on a two-yard touchdown pass from McClelland to tight end Tyler Elliott with 10:34 to play in the game.

The Threat got on the board with four minutes to play on a 92-yard pass from Gordy Bittner, Jr. to Ricardo Williams. Williams made a leaping catch over Ross Toeller along the Raiders sideline near midfield and coasted into the endzone to cut the Raiders lead to 27-7.

The Raiders would score on the next drive after recovering a Threat onside kick attempt. Myles Spiegel caught a Chris Walsh pass that was deflected by a Threat defender and raced into the endzone. The play covered 44 yards and gave the Raiders the 34-7 win.

The Raiders will play the Chicago Thunder who got by the Lincoln-Way Patriots, the top seed in the Southern Conference, 31-30 on a late touchdown and then recovered an onside kick to run out the clock. The Raiders are 6-0 all-time against the Thunder. The neutral site game will be played at Historic Horlick Athletic Field in Racine, Wis. on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 7 p.m.