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Raiders roll over Chaos, 54-14

D.J. Smith eludes a Chicago Chaos defender.The Racine Raiders won their fifth straight game, beating the Chicago Chaos, 54-14, in a rare Sunday afternoon game at Historic Horlick Athletic Field. The Chaos were able to hang on early, but the Raiders physical play was too much for the Chaos and quarterback Anthony Iannotti.

The Raiders methodically moved down the field on the opening drive of the game, going 68 yards on 12 plays. Craig McClelland and Sam D’Alie teamed up for an amazing 11-yard touchdown strike.

McClelland, under pressure, rolled out to his right outside the numbers on the Raiders sideline. D’Alie slipped away from two defenders in the back of the end zone, moving towards the opposite side of the field at the far hashmarks. McClelland heaved the ball towards D’Alie, between two defenders who were trying to catch up to D’Alie, and D’Alie made the catch behind them for the score. The score gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead with 7:03 to play in the first quarter.

DiQuan McRae returns a kick.The Chaos struck back quickly. On 3rd-and-3 from the Chaos 25-yard line, Iannotti kept the ball and ran off right tackle. A lane opened up and he raced 75 yards for a touchdown, nearly untouched. Torie Ruffin gave chase and made a diving attempt at about the 20 yard line, getting the ankle of Iannotti, but he was able to keep his footing along the Chaos sideline and walked into the end zone. The score was tied at seven with 5:03 to play in the opening quarter.

The Raiders mounted another sustained drive on their ensuing possession, running 11 plays and traversing 66 yards, culminating with an Ivry Lashley 5-yard touchdown run. The Raiders led 14-7 with 14:18 to play in the first half.

The Chaos appeared to answer on the first play of the next drive when Iannotti hit James Former for a 75 yard touchdown. A Chaos blocker was called for an illegal block in the back, negating the touchdown, and the Chaos drive would stall.

The Raiders would add to their lead on their next possession when McClelland connected with Terrance Fitch on a 26 yard touchdown pass, giving Racine a 21-7 lead which they’d take into halftime.

The Chaos were scheduled to get the ball to begin the second half of play but the Raiders had a different idea. Racine attempted their second onside kick of the game and Adaris Anderson made a diving snag of the kick at the Chaos 28-yard line.

That setup McClelland’s third touchdown pass of the game, this time a shovel pass to Tyrone Galvin that he took in from 17 yards away to give the Raiders a 28-7 lead early in the third quarter.

FTorie Ruffin pursues the Chicago Chaos ball carrier.ormer took the ensuing kickoff down to the Raiders 16 yard line. The Raiders defense rose to the occasion, literally and figuratively. Michael Ambrose batted down the first down pass at the line of scrimmage and then Kyle King batted the second down pass into the air. It came down to left tackle Thomas Loving for the Chaos but Nate Heard was there and hit him hard, dislodging the ball for an incomplete pass.

Iannotti then completed a short pass to Deshawn Sutton, giving the Chaos a 4th-and-3 at the Raiders nine yard line. The Chaos went for it and Iannotti’s pass towards Matthew Brachmann was knocked away by Raiders linebacker Michael Rachal.

The Raiders would give the ball right back to the Chaos when Quinnell Johnson intercepted a McClelland pass on third down and returned it to the Raiders nine yard line. It would take the Chaos five plays to go nine yards, assisted by a personal foul penalty on the Raiders for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Iannotti, but C.J. Young eventually plunged in from one yard away, cutting the Racine lead to 28-14 with 7:16 to play in the third quarter.

From that point, Iannotti would go 1-for-9 passing for -1 yard before being replaced at quarterback by Brachmann in the fourth quarter.

Steve Morris goes up to make a catch.The Raiders sent in Anthony Johnson to spell McClelland and Johnson responded with a big 25 minutes of play.

On his first drive, he found Fitch streaking down the field and hit him in stride for a 79 yard score to give Racine a 35-14 lead with 5:17 to play in the third quarter.

Then, on the next Raiders drive, Johnson, under pressure, stepped up in the pocket between two defenders and fired a bullet to Steve Morris for a 12-yard touchdown. It gave the Raiders a 41-14 lead with 1:19 to go in the third quarter.

Howard Triplett would finish up the scoring in the game with a pair of touchdown runs in the fourth quarter, one from nine yards out and another a one yard plunge. The one yard run followed a 74 yard punt return by Galvin to the one yard line.

The Raiders dominated every statistical category in the game. Coming into the game, the Chaos hadn’t allowed more than 17 points in a game all season and had allowed just 71 total points on the year.

Lashley rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries and Galvin added 38 yards on 12 touches. McClelland finished 15-of-22 for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns. Johnson was 5-of-8 for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. Fitch led all receivers with 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. Morris finished with 74 yards on 5 catches and D’Alie had 55 yards on 5 grabs.

Ruffin was the leading tackler with 5 tackles. Rachal finished
with 4 tackles, a tackle for loss and one pass breakup. Ross Toeller also had 4 tackles and a tackle for loss and intercepted Brachmann late to seal the victory.

The Raiders improve to 5-1 with the win while the Chaos fall to 6-2, with both of their losses coming at the hands of Mid-States Football League opponents. The Raiders next host the Racine Threat on Saturday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at Historic Horlick Athletic Field.