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Raiders host Fox Valley Force on July 5

Armed Forces Night - July 5The Racine Raiders host the Fox Valley Force on Saturday night at Historic Horlick Field in Racine, Wis. This is the first time the two teams have ever met.

The Force are exactly that in the Northern Elite Football League. Fox Valley has clinched the Wisconsin Division with a 7-0 league record and 9-0 record overall. They beat the Chippewa Valley Predators last Saturday, in a game that was called at halftime due to weather, 14-13.

The Force are having their best season since 2008 when they went 12-0 and won the Wisconsin State Football League. The Force have outscored their opponents, 362-77, on the season, or an average of about 40-9. Fifty points for their opponents have come in the second half.

While the regular season for the Force is coming to an end, it’s just getting started for the Raiders. Racine had an impressive 65-13 win over the Leyden Lions last game, a team that is expected to compete for a playoff spot in the Mid-States Football League.

The Raiders scored via the air and ground on offense and had an interception return and punt return for a touchdown in the game, which features Chris Walsh at quarterback filling in for Craig McClelland who was at a wedding.

Will Norwood breaks free from a defender.The ground game was the most impressive part of the Raiders offensive attack two weeks ago against Leyden as the Raiders used six running backs and piled up 325 yards and six touchdowns. J.R. Taylor led all backs with 135 yards and averaged 6.75 yards per carry while finding the endzone three times. Ivry Lashley carried the rock just 5 times but racked up 75 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Tyrone Galvin collected 56 yards on 6 carries and found pay dirt once as well.

The Raiders defense was stellar. They held Leyden to 81 total yards, with all of those coming on the last drive of the game. Prior to the final drive, Leyden had run 39 plays for a total of minus-9 yards of offense. The Raiders came down with two interceptions and sacked the quarterback four times in the game.

Saturday night is Armed Forces Appreciation Night at Historic Horlick Field. The Great Lakes Naval Band will perform the National Anthem and then come back to play at halftime. Weather-permitting, there will be a fly-over following the National Anthem and fireworks. All veterans, active duty, and reserve military personnel, plus one guest, receive free admission to the game and the Raiders will honor them before the game.

For more information on activities taking place, please visit the gameday information page.