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Raiders seek 3rd MSFL title

Nate Heard breaks up a pass against the Des Moines Blaze.The veteran Racine Raiders look to become back-to-back champions of the MidStates Football League (MSFL) while the confident Lincoln-Way Patriots look to prevent that from happening tonight at Wedgbury Stadium in Loves Park, Ill. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

If the Raiders win, they’d become the first team to win consecutive MSFL titles since the Roscoe Rush accomplished the feat in 2010 and 2011. It would be Racine’s third title in four years, tying them with the Detroit Seminoles for the second most championships in MSFL history. The Chicago Thunder lead the way with four league titles, all won consecutively between 2005 and 2008.

Lincoln-Way is looking for their first MSFL championship. They nearly swept all of the league award categories this year. Quarterback Tony Powell was named the league’s most valuable player while his primary target, Lexus Jackson, got offensive player of the year. Former Raiders linebacker Gary Young, Jr., was named the defensive player of the year and running back Jalon Banks earned rookie of the year honors.

Tyrone Galvin looks for running room.In the regular season meeting between the two teams, played in Tinley Park, Ill., Powell connected with Jackson twice for touchdowns (41 and 52 yards) within the first three minutes of the game. The Raiders then shadowed Jackson with cornerback Nate Heard and were able to hold him to 80 yards and no scores the rest of the game.

The Raiders had no answer for Banks in the game who rumbled for 138 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown. The Raiders also had trouble getting their running game going, rushing for just 31 yards on 23 carries.

The Raiders benefited from a 91 yard punt return for a touchdown by Tyrone Galvin and a 31-yard pick six from Steve Kleist to help them establish a 28-26 halftime lead.

Racine Raiders swarming defense.Racine then came out and controlled the third quarter, running nearly 13:30 off the clock on one drive but failing to score when a Justin Schoepke field goal attempt sailed wide. Lincoln-Way would go on to score ten points in the fourth quarter to win 36-28.

Racine still had a chance late in the game, but Young deflected a McClelland pass on fourth down deep in Lincoln-Way territory and it fell incomplete, ending any Raiders opportunity.

The pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m. on Your Radio Friend AM 1400 WRJN, http://www.wrjn.com, or via the TuneIn app on your mobile device, just search WRJN. Don Wadewitz and Tom Christensen will have the call with Evan Witalison running things at the WRJN studios and Paul Junio on-site handling stats.