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Raiders maul Lions, 65-13

J.R. Taylor gets to the outside edge.The Leyden Lions scored the first and last touchdowns of the game Saturday night at Historic Horlick Field in Racine, Wis. It was what happened between those bookend scores, however, that mattered most. The Racine Raiders cruised to a 65-13 win in front of over 1,000 fans and in the debut of Wilbert Kennedy as head coach.

The Raiders defensive play was remarkable as they held the Lions to negative total yards in the game until their final drive. The defense recorded four sacks and defensive back Ross Toeller intercepted passes on back-to-back Leyden drives in the fourth quarter, returning one interception 50 yards for a touchdown.

Will Norwood breaks free from a defender.The Raiders rushing attack was superb as well. J.R. Taylor had 135 yards and 3 touchdowns on 20 carries. The Raiders ran for 325 yards in the game with Ivry Lashley getting 75 and rookie Tyrone Galvin contributing 56. The Raiders racked up 450 yards of offense to just 81 for Leyden.

The game got off to an inauspicious start. Chris Walsh, filling in for starting quarterback Craig McClelland, threw an interception on the Raiders first offensive play of the seasons that was returned 45 yards by Antonio Benson for a touchdown. The Lions extra point was no good and they led 6-0 a little more than a minute into the game.

It took Racine awhile to get moving but once they did, Leyden had no way to slow them down. Taylor ran for a two-yard touchdown with 3:58 to play in the first quarter. Justin Schoepke added the extra point and the Raiders led 7-6 and would never look back.

On the ensuing Leyden drive, Torie Ruffin returned a punt 51 yards for a touchdown, extending Racine’s lead to 14-6 with Schoepke’s point-after.

Walsh hit Will Norwood on an 18-yard touchdown pass with 10:47 to play in the first half and the Raiders led 21-6.Torie Ruffin finds running room behind Will Norwood during a punt return.

The Raiders next score came on special teams again. Backed up deep into their own territory, Leyden snapped the ball out of the back of the end zone on a punt attempt, giving the Raiders a 23-6 lead with 8:53 to play in the first half.

Racine scored one last time in the first half on Taylor’s second two-yard run for a touchdown. Schoepke’s kick was again good and Racine took a 30-6 lead into halftime.

Taylor found pay dirt for the third time in the game, this time from ten yards out, with 9:41 to play in the third quarter. The Raiders led 37-6 and Taylor would be done for the night.

Torie Ruffin clears some space for Tyrone Galvin.The other running backs didn’t disappoint, however. Lashley broke a 55-yard touchdown to give Racine a 44-6 lead with 5:27 to play. Not to be outdone, Galvin busted open a 27-yard touchdown run to give the Raiders a 51-6 lead just 11 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Jeremy Bland became the fourth running back to score a touchdown in the game when he took the ball in from nine yards out with 12:34 to play in the game. The run was setup by a Toeller interception. The score gave Racine a 58-6 lead.

Toeller intercepted another pass on the ensuing drive and returned the ball 50 yards for a touchdown and gave Racine a 65-6 lead with 11:56 to play.

The Raiders presented three of the four scholarship recipients with their scholarships on Saturday night.Leyden got their first offensive touchdown with three minutes left to play. Michael Musillami, the third quarterback to see action under center for Leyden on the night, scrambled to his right and Julius Howard shook his defender and raced 49 yards to the end zone .

Along with the game, the Racine Kilties performed at halftime and the Raiders presented four, $500 scholarships to recently graduated Racine seniors. The team also presented one Racine Unified School District school with $500 as part of the team’s Education Appreciation Night.

The Raiders improve to 1-0 with the win while the Leyden Lions fall to 1-1 on the season. The Raiders have a bye next week before hosting the Fox Valley Force on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Photos copyright Creative Captures Photography.