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Raiders Repel the Rebels, 57-27

Lawerance Peters kickoff return for a touchdownThe 57-27 score might make you think the Racine Raiders (7-0; 5-0) easily plowed through the Sheboygan County Rebels (0-5; 0-5) Saturday night at Memorial Park in Howards Grove, Wisconsin, but that was far from the case.

The Rebels put together their best performance of the season and gave the Raiders fits. The Rebels had a much shorter bench than the Raiders on a hot and muggy night, and Racine was able to pull away at the end to remain unbeaten on the 2016 season.

It took no time at all for the Raiders to get on the scoreboard. Lawerance Peters took the opening kickoff of the game 85 yards for a score and the Raiders led 7-0 15 seconds into the game.

Sheboygan County fired right back on their first offensive play of the game. Steve Strong got behind the Raiders defense on the near sideline and Cordney Wren delivered a perfect pass for a 60-yard touchdown to pull the Rebels within one point. Wren then connected with Strong on a two-point conversion pass and Sheboygan County took their first lead of the season, 8-7, with 14:28 to play in the first quarter.

Floyd Underwood rushThe Raiders would claim that lead back, and never look back, on a 62-yard bomb from Anthony Johnson to Myles Spiegel. The Hunter Breunig extra point attempt was blocked giving Racine a 13-8 lead 11:48 to play in the opening quarter.

The Raiders extended their lead 3-1/2 minutes later. Floyd Underwood jolted into the endzone from two yards out for his first touchdown of the season. The extra point was good and Racine opened up a 20-8 lead.

With just seconds left in the first quarter, Johnson was picked off by John Wagner and Wagner returned it for six points for the Rebels. The two-point conversion failed but Sheboygan County cut the Raiders lead to 20-14 after one quarter of play.

With 10:31 to play in the first half, Howard Triplett got into the endzone on a one-yard run. The extra point was good and Racine’s lead was 13.

The Raiders started to pull away late in the second quarter. The team’s superback, Dale Wroblewski, got his first taste of the endzone this season on a one-yard touchdown run with 6:53 to play in the first half. The point after attempt was no good and Racine’s lead was 33-14.

Howard Triplett runNisler would add the final points of the half in the waning seconds on a 26-yard field goal. The Raiders went into halftime with a 36-14 lead.

Neither team could get much going in the third quarter but the Raiders were able to hit on a bomb. Stephen Jackson connected with Terrance Fitch on a 70-yard pass. With a good PAT, the Raiders led 43-14 heading into the fourth quarter.

That’s when John Wagner showed up for Sheboygan County with yet another pick six, this one from 39 yards out. The point after was good and Racine’s lead was down to 43-21 with 8:13 to play in the game.

On the first offensive play of the ensuing drive, Kadeem Liggins scored his first Raiders touchdown on a 47-yard run. The extra point was good and Racine’s lead was 50-21 with eight minutes to play.

Nick Hall Kickoff Return for a TouchdownSheboygan County wasn’t done, however. With just 26 seconds to play in the game, Gerry Hammons ran a quarterback keeper play for a four-yard touchdown run. The extra point was wide to the left, but Racine’s lead was cut to 50-27.

The game started with a kickoff return for a touchdown and that’s pretty much how it would end as well. Nick Hall took a squib kick and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown with 11 seconds to play. The extra point attempt was good for a final score of 57-27.

The Raiders dominated the ground game, racking up 200 yards rushing while allowing the Rebels just 19 yards on 23 carries. Marvin McKee had a good game defensively, recovering two fumbles, recording two tackles for loss and hurrying the quarterback once.

The Raiders now look ahead to the middle game of this five game stretch on the road. They will play the Milwaukee County Chargers, a team they beat 28-18 at Historic Horlick Athletic Field on June 18. The game will be played at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and you can hear it on WIPZ 101.5 FM on Saturday with the preame show starting at 6:40 p.m.