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Raiders Fall to 1-2 on the Season

Terrance FitchThe Racine Raiders fell to the Lincoln Way Patriots, 32-20, Historic Horlick Field on Saturday night. The Raiders struggled on offense, turning the ball over four times in the game. This was the Raiders third straight home loss in a row. The last time the Raiders dropped three straight home games came back in the 1985-86 seasons.

Things were looking up for the Raiders on their first drive of the game. The offense moved to about midfield before a fumble was recovered by the Patriots. During the return, the Patriots defender coughed the ball back up to the Raiders resulting in a first down for Racine. The nearly ten minute drive would stall and the Raiders would settle for a 32-yard field goal by Sam Nisler to take a 3-0 lead.

The Patriots answered back immediately with a 91-yard kickoff return by Anthony Hughes, giving them a 7-3 lead. The Raiders would again drive into Lincoln-Way territory but would have to settle for a 42-yard field goal by Hunter Breunig into a stiff wind. The Patriots would hold onto a 7-6 lead after the first quarter despite the Raiders owning the time of possession with about 14 minutes.

Racine would take the lead in the second quarter following a Torie Ruffin interception in the end zone. AnAnthony Johnson ready to pass. illegal block call would move the Raiders back to their four-yard line. On second down, Anthony Johnson dropped back and hit Terrance Fitch streaking down the Patriots sideline for a 96-yard touchdown. Racine led 13-7.

Lincoln-Way would add a field goal near the end of the first half to cut the Raiders lead to 13-10. With all of their timeouts left, the Raiders moved the ball to midfield in the time remaining. A high pass by Johnson was picked off by Frank Redding who took it 60 yards for the score and the Patriots took a 16-13 lead into halftime.

Rafael Alvarado connected on his second field goal of the night in the third quarter to give Lincoln-Way a 19-13 lead. The Patriots extended the lead midway through the fourth quarter on a 21-yard pass from Tony Powell to Ricardo Williams and the Patriots were doubling up Racine, 26-13.

Jaarael BellThe Raiders answered back as Fitch caught his second touchdown pass of the night, a 25-yarder from Stephen Jackson who was on in relief of a limping Johnson. The score got Racine back in the game, 26-20.

Despite opportunities, the Raiders just couldn’t get anything going consistently on offense and the Patriots sealed the win on a Greg Barksdale six-yard run with under a minute left.

Even in the scorching hot weather conditions, the Raiders defense was still putting in work. Deveron Davis led the team with 7-1/2 tackls and Ruffin added 3-1/2 and an interception. Jaarael Bell picked off two passes in the game before leaving with an injury that will end his season.

Fitch paced Racine on offense, hauling in 4 passes for 186 yards and the 2 touchdowns.

It’s the first time the Raiders have been below .500 on a season since 2008 when they were 3-4 following a stretch of four straight losses.

The Raiders will face the Milwaukee County Chargers on Saturday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at Historic Horlick Field.