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Raiders Ground Game Too Much For Falcons

Howard Triplett Runs Through Falcons

Raiders running back Howard Triplett plows through a Chicago Falcons defender. CREDIT: Fstop Milwaukee

Whether it was on special teams or offense, the Racine Raiders (3-2) ground game was too much for an undermanned Chicago Falcons (4-1) team. The Raiders rushed for 188 yards on 31 carries and 4 touchdowns and added two more punt returns for touchdowns in the game.

The Raiders got on the board first when a punt by Chicago from their own endzone went straight up in the air and was caught by a Falcons player who went to the ground in the endzone for a safety.

Austin Tenner extended the Raiders lead to 8-0 on an 8-yard run in the first quarter. The Sam Nisler extra point was good and Racine led 9-0.

Marquan Holloway returned a punt for 50 yards in the second quarter to further extend the Racine lead to 16-0 following the extra point. Damonshay Pitt, making a return to the Raiders for the first time since 2014 made his presence felt later in the first half. He waltzed in for a four-yard touchdown and the Nisler extra point made it 23-0 at the half.

Howard Triplett found the endzone in the third quarter on a 26-yard power romp. The Nisler point after gave Racine a 30-0 lead.

Raiders defense pitches shutout

Raiders defensive lineman Josh Cook attempts to swat down a pass. CREDIT: Fstop Milwaukee

Troy Collier returned the second Raiders punt for a score, taking it 65 yards to give Racine a 37-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Pitt would rush for three-yard touchdown and Branden Smith caught a 21-yard pass from Stephen Jackson to finish the scoring and give the Raiders a 51-0 win.

The Raiders defense allowed just three first downs and 60 total yards – 25 on the ground and 35 in the air. They sacks Falcons quarterbacks three times.

Pitt led the Raiders with 61 rushing yards on eight carries. Triplett had 48 yards on eight touches and Tenner added 46 yards on six rushes. Deveron Davis led the defense with 5-1/2 tackles and Justin Benko and Anton Graham added four tackles with Graham also registering a sack and two tackles for loss. 

The Raiders get back into league play on Saturday with a 7 p.m. tilt against the Leyden Lions at Historic Horlick Athletic Field. It’s First Responders Appreciation Night.

PHOTO CREDIT: Fstop Milwaukee