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Raiders drop Hitmen, 44-6

Raiders drop Hitmen, 44-6.The Racine Raiders took the show on the road Saturday night and beat the Muskego Hitmen, 44-6, in front of about 350 fans, most there to support the Raiders, at Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis. The Raiders were very sloppy in the game, getting flagged for 14 penalties and 141 yards but still managed to run away with the game.

Muskego kept the game close through the first half of play, holding Racine to just ten points and stopping the Raiders at the goal line on the first drive of the game. The Hitmen couldn’t get any offense going in the first half and trailed 10-0 at halftime.

Racine got on the board with 8:17 to play in the first quarter on a nice back-shoulder pass from Craig McClelland to Dominique Washington from eight yards out. Justin Schoepke added the extra point and Racine led 7-0.

Schoepke put the Raiders up 10-0 on a 30-yard field goal, his longest of the season, with 15 seconds to play in the first quarter. It capped an 8-play, 69-yard drive that took 4:40 off the clock. Neither team would score in the second quarter and the Raiders took the 10-0 lead into the half.

Muskego pulled to within four points early in the third quarter. Sirg Albritton, replacing James Borneman, who was injured in the first half, hit Marquese Adams on a sideline route and Adams coasted into the end zone on a 60-yard reception. The snap on the extra point attempt was bad but the Hitmen pulled to within four points with 12:26 to play in the third quarter.

The Raiders responded right back on the ensuing kickoff. Rookie Tyrone Galvin picked up the bouncing ball on the 20-yard line and returned it 80 yards to extend the Racine lead to 17-6 with the Schoepke extra point.

Racine would never look back. With 6:18 to play in the quarter, McClelland hit Terrence Fitch for a 35-yard touchdown toss to cap a 4-play, 97 yard drive and give the Raiders a 24-6 lead.

Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, McClelland did it with his feet. The pocket broke down and he rolled to his right. He saw an opening and dove for the pylon, making it in from one yard out to extend Racine’s lead to 31-6.

McClelland and Fitch hooked up again with 12:09 to play in the game on a 33-yard pitch-and-catch. The extra point sailed wide right but Racine led 37-6.

The Raiders final score came courtesy of the defense. Rookie defensive back DiQuan McRae read a bubble screen pass attempt by Albritton perfectly, stepped in front of the pass, and took it 49 yards for a pick six to put the exclamation point on the Raiders 44-6 win.

Racine improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-States Football League (MSFL). The Raiders haven’t lost a regular season MSFL game since they rejoined the league in 2012, a streak of 18 straight games.  They will try and improve on that streak next week Saturday, July 26, when they play the Monona Warriors at Breitenbach Stadium in Middleton at 7 p.m.