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Raiders pitch first shutout of the season

Ivry Lashley finds some running room against MononaThe Racine Raiders (5-0; 4-0 MSFL) scored 35 points in the second quarter Saturday night at Breitenbach Stadium in Middleton and coasted to a 66-0 win over the Monona Warriors (0-3; 0-2 MSFL) in front of 152 fans, about half there to watch the Raiders.

Racine got off to a slow start offensive but, for the second week in a row, a special teams score seemed to ignite the Raiders. Once again, it was rookie Tyrone Galvin who took a punt 70 yards for a touchdown with 7:01 to play in the first quarter, giving Racine a 7-0 lead.

Craig McClelland and the offense then took over as McClelland threw touchdown passes on three consecutive drives. McClelland hooked up with Connor Flannery on a nine yard toss with 2:07 to play in the first quarter. Flannery’s first touchdown as a Raider topped off a 7 play, 46 yard drive and gave Racine a 14-0 lead.

McClelland then hit Terrence Fitch near the back corner of the end zone on another nine yard touchdown toss with 13:43 to play in the first half. The Raiders led 21-0 following the 6 play, 48 yard drive.

The Raiders got the ball at the Warriors 11 yard line to begin their next drive following an Eric Feest interception and a personal foul against Monona. Racine could only seem to move backwards on the drive as McClelland was sacked on consecutive plays resulting in a loss of 27 yards and then Racine was flagged for delay of game. On 4th-and-39, McClelland dropped back and threw it to Fitch, who was double-covered, near the goal line. Fitch jumped into the air, grabbed the ball and split tackle attempts by the two defenders for an unlikely touchdown, giving Racine a 28-0 lead with 10:53 to play in the half.

The Raiders defense extended the Racine lead on the next drive when Torie Ruffin stepped in front of a Matt Stoker pass that was intended for Preston McCarter and returned it 20 yards for the touchdown, giving the Raiders a 35-0 lead.

Michael Rachal runs down Snoop WashingtonTraves Worthington got his first touchdown of the season with 8:31 to play on a one-yard touchdown run, giving Racine a 42-0 lead.

The Raiders weren’t done yet in the half. Tyrone Galvin scored with 1:57 left to play on a 45 yard run and Racine went into halftime leading 49-0.

Both teams agreed to a running clock for the second half of play but the Raiders were still able to put three scores on the board in three possessions.

McClelland got it started with a seven yard touchdown pass to Worthington, his first touchdown through the air this season, giving Racine a 56-0 lead. The drive was 5 plays and 47 yards and ate 5:20 off the running clock.

Justin Schoepke, who was a perfect nine of nine on extra point attempts, kicked a career long 34 yard field goal with 6:41 to play in the game. The field goal capped a 7 play, 44 yard drive that took 7:22.

The Raiders final score came on what was the final play of the game. Chris Walsh, in the game replacing McClelland, tossed a screen pass to Galvin and Galvin sprinted 89 yards for a touchdown and giving the Raiders a 66-0 win.

Galvin accounted for an amazing 317 total yards in the game – 91 rushing, 89 receiving, 86 punt return and 51 kick return. He scored touchdowns on a pass, run and punt return. He led the team in receiving yards, rushing yards and return yards.

McClelland was very accurate on the night, completing 10-of-14 passes for 111 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. J.R. Taylor quietly racked up 90 yards on 10 carries. Fitch finished with 4 grabs for 56 yards and two touchdowns.

Leading the way on defense for Racine was Michael Ambrose who had four tackles and a sack, Nate Heard with six tackles and an interception, and Deveron Davis, who had five tackles. Ruffin, Heard, Feest and Justin Benko all came down with interceptions for Racine.

The Raiders have a bye week on August 2 and return home to Historic Horlick Athletic Field on August 9 to play the Wauwatosa Spartans at 7 p.m. Since the team has a bye week, the Raiders are hosting a youth football camp on Saturday, August 2, 2014.