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Raiders Rout Lions as Triplett Surpasses 1,000 Yards

Brandon Smith hauls in a 69-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Farr.The Leyden Lions defense was the strength of their team but the Racine Raiders exploited holes in the defense on the first offensive play from scrimmage and never looked back in a 45-0 win on Saturday night at Historic Horlick Athletic Field. Nearly 1,300 fans looked on as Mitch Farr hit a wide-open Brandon Smith for a 69-yard touchdown just 16 seconds into the contest to give Racine a 7-0 lead.

Tom Benko ran the ball in from 23 yards out on the Raiders next possession to give Racine a 14-0 lead with 9:21 to play in the first quarter. The Lions defense would stiffen until Farr connected with Lawerance Peters on a 58-yard touchdown bomb with 8:33 to play in the first half, giving Racine a 21-0 lead. Farr tossed his third touchdown pass of the game with 1:21 to play in the first half. This time, he got chased out of the pocket but found Troy Collier open in the end zone from 10 yards out to extend the Racine lead to 28-0. T.J. Hearn would add a field goal at the end of the half and Racine went into the locker room up, 31-0.

Running back Howard Triplett went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season against the Leyden Lions on August 10.Triplett, who entered the game 148 yards short of a 1,000-yard season, found the end zone from seven yards out, extending the Raiders lead to 38-0 with 1:32 to play in the third quarter. Both coaches agreed to use a running clock after the score but Triplett would manage to reach the 1,000-yard plateau with about 6:30 to play in the game. He became the first Raiders running back to surpass 1,000 yards rushing since J.R. Taylor last accomplished it in 2015. The play after his run, Dale Wroblewski connected with Peters for an 11-yard touchdown for the final score of the game. It was the first career passing touchdown for Wroblewski, who played left tackle the week prior.

The Racine Raiders defense swarms a Leyden Lions offensive player.The Raiders defense was ferocious. They held the Lions to 37 total yards in the game. During much of the first and second halves, the Raiders offense had more first downs than the Lions offense had yards. The Lions only managed one first down in the game and they didn’t get it until the fourth quarter.

The Raiders will now look ahead to their first-round MidStates Football League (MSFL) playoff game which will be against the Southern Lakes Blue Devils on Saturday, August 24, at Historic Horlick Athletic Field. The team will donate $2 of each ticket purchased online to the family of slain Racine police officer John Hetland. Fans are encouraged to plan ahead and purchase their tickets online. Online tickets are also discounted.