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Raiders Get Biggest Blowout of Season

The Racine Raiders played their first home game of the season, hosting the Leyden Lions on Saturday night at Historic Horlick Athletic Field. The Raiders dominated all three aspects of the game, scoring touchdowns onDeveron Davis decleats a Leyden receiver offense, defense, and special teams. The Raiders defense pitched their second shutout of the season, 63-0.

The Lions went three-and-out and had to punt the ball on their first series of the game. Raiders punt returner Cole Kevek returned the 45 yard punt for the touchdown giving the Raiders a 7-0 lead with 13:50 to play in the first quarter.

Later in the first quarter, Raiders quarterback R.J Mattucci threw a 55-yard pass to Brandon Smith for a touchdown. This put the Raiders up 14-0 with 8:22 to play in the first quarter.
On the next drive, the Lions were in position to score. They tried to go for it on fourth down, but the Raiders defense were able to get to the quarterback for a sack, ending the drive. Running back Austin Tenner then busted off a 32-yard run, putting the Raiders in good position to score. The Raiders got down inside the Lions five-yard line and went for it on fourth-and-goal. Mattucci would hit tight end Chris Hicks for a three-yard touchdown, extending Racine’s lead to 21-0 with 1:15 to play in the quarter.

Jordan Scott picks off a pass and returns it for a touchdownIn the second quarter, Lions quarterback Terrance Daniels threw an interception to Raiders linebacker Jordan Scott. Scott returned it for a touchdown. The Raiders were aggressive and energized as they extended the lead to 21-0 with 4:54 to play in the first half.

The Raiders had a short field for their last drive of the half and took advantage of it. Raiders running back Howard Triplett ripped off a long run, getting knocked out of bounds at the seven-yard line. Mattucci threw an eight-yard pass to Cody Hansen for the touchdown with 1:13 remaining in the second quarter. The Raiders went into the locker room up 35-0 at halftime.

The Raiders dominated the Lions on offense and defense in the first half. At the end of the first half, Triplett had 82 rushing yards on 14 attempts and Austin Tenner added 61 rushing yards on 5 attempts.

The second half started with Daniels throwing another interception, this time to defensive back Channing Schultz who returned it 56 yards for the Raiders second pick six of the game. The score gave the Raiders a 42-0 lead with 12:08 to play in the third quarter.

Gage Zahradnik celebrates a sack.The Lions got the ball back looking to turn the game around but Daniels threw another interception. This time Raiders defensive back Chris Booker caught the interception setting the Raiders up with excellent field position. It was the third interception thrown by Daniels.

Raiders quarterback D.J. Brown made his first appearance of the season, coming off an injury. Brown went 2-4 for 18 yards passing in the game. Brown took awhile to get things going for the Raiders but would lead them on a late third quarter scoring driving ending with a one-yard touchdown run by Justin Noll, extending Racine’s lead to 49-0 at the end of the quarter.

The Raiders defense forced the Lions to punt again on the next drive. This time Tenner returned the punt for 65 yards for the touchdown giving Racine a 56-0 lead with 12:46 to play in the four quarter.

The Raiders would score again in the final two minutes of the game on a powerful 16-yard run by Daeon Farris who left three Lions players sitting on the field on their hands and knees after he bounced off of them like a pinball.

The Raiders opened the home portion of their season by beating the Leyden Lions 63-0 in front of nearly 1,000 fans at Historic Horlick Athletic Field. The Raiders hit the road again, traveling to the Western suburbs of Chicago to play the Lincoln-Way Patriots on June 16. Kickoff is scheduled at 7 p.m.

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