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Raiders look to continue winning ways

Racine Raiders at Monona WarriorsThe Racine Raiders (4-0, 2-0 MSFL) look to continue their winning ways under first year head coach Wilbert Kennedy as they continue a brief, two-game road trip, with a game against the Monona Warriors (0-3, 0-2 MSFL) on Saturday night. The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be played at Otto Breitenbach Stadium in Middleton, Wis.

The Raiders have hardly been clicking on all cylinders in 2014 but the team continues to win. Penalties are a major concern for Racine who had 14 penalties that were accepted for 141 yards in last week’s 44-6 blowout of Muskego at Whitnall High School. The penalties kept an overmatched Hitmen team in the game through the first half as Racine led just 10-0 at halftime and 10-6 early in the third quarter before a Tyrone Galvin 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown seemed to light a fire under the Raiders.

Monona has undergone a lot of changes from the 2013 team that lost to Racine, 72-0, at Ahuska Field in Monona, Wis. They’ve switched home fields, taking over at Breitenbach Stadium, which had served as the home field for the now defunct Madison Mustangs. Former Wisconsin Badger Haywood Simmons, who also played in the National Football League, is not back with the team as head coach. Monona actually doesn’t have a head coach for this season. The offensive and defensive coordinators communicate together to make decisions on game and time management.

Chris Komoroski, who played with the Warriors last season, is the offensive coordinator and has coaching experience at the high school level in the Madison area. Chris Carnitz has been with the Warriors since day one and serves as the defensive coordinator. It’s an interesting arrangement for the team but one that seems to be working fairly well.

Monona has had trouble scoring points this season. Last week, they lost a home game to the Wauwatosa Spartans, 23-0. A week prior they fell to the Leyden Lions, 30-13, but held Leyden to under 100 yards rushing and 200 yards passing. On June 28, Monona again failed to score any points in a 20-0 loss to the Chicago Thunder to start their season.

The Raiders, meanwhile, have won 18 consecutive Mid-States Football League (MSFL) regular season games since they rejoined the league back in 2012. Racine is averaging 42 points per game while allowing 10.5 points per game. The Raiders are averaging over a touchdown per game from either their defense or special teams units. In last week’s win over Muskego, Racine scored on an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown to help take control of the game in the second half.