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Raiders Shutout Threat in Belle City Bowl VIII

Jordon Denfeld ties up the Threat ball carrier.In the first meeting between the Racine Raiders and the Racine Threat, the Threat held there own through three quarters of play. The Raiders used a quick start in Belle City Bowl VIII and ran to a 39-0 win in front of over 1,500 fans at Historic Horlick Athletic Field on Saturday night.

The shutout was the first shutout for the Raiders since 2014 when they beat the Monona Warriors 66-0. It was the first home shutout for the Raiders since 2012, when they took down the Chicago Thunder, 27-0.

The Raiders got on the board first. Following a 14-yard scramble by Connor Flannery, J.R. Taylor finished the drive with a one-yard run. A false start penalty on the extra point attempt pushed the Raiders back five yards and Sam Nisler’s attempt sailed wide. The Raiders led 6-0 with 9:21 to play in the opening quarter.

Torie Ruffin jars the ball from Torin Turner.The Raiders would score five minutes later. Flannery hit Chris Hicks for a 40-yard touchdown on fourth down, his first passing touchdown as a Raiders player. The two-point conversion attempt failed giving the Raiders a 12-0 lead with 4:24 to play in the opening quarter.

The defense would extend the lead to 18-0 on the next offensive play for the Threat. Torin Turner rushed to the left side, was hit from behind by Torie Ruffin, and coughed up the ball. Ross Toeller was waiting for it, picked it up, and raced 33 yards for a score. It was Toeller’s second defensive score of the season.

Flannery made the lead 25-0 with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Lawerance Peters with 11:22 to play in the first half. It was the first touchdown catch of the season for Peters, who also has a kickoff and punt return for a touchdown. The Raiders took the 25-0 lead into halftime.

Tyler Elliott looks for running room after making a catch.Following a Threat interception on their opening drive of the second half, Flannery and Travis Worthington connected for a 60-yard touchdown. Worthington leaped in front of the defender on the play, hauled in the pass, and ran another 30 yards for the score. The extra point was good and the Raiders led 32-0 with 13:48 to play in the third quarter.

The Raiders final score came on a powerful Kadeem Liggins two-yard run with 13:54 to play in the game.

The Threat were playing short-handed but had about 30 players at the game. Turner started at quarterback but was largely ineffective, fumbling twice and throwing an interception. Jay Booker came on in mop up duty and proved to be equally ineffective for the Threat. The Threat mustered just 104 total yards in the game.

Erick Sanders breaks up a pass.The Raiders managed just 50 yards rushing but had 211 yards passing in the game. They were penalized 10 times for 100 yards. Taylor had 31 yards on 14 carries to lead all rushers in the game. Worthington had the one reception for 60 yards to lead all receivers. Carmelo Velasquez grabbed three passes for 46 yards and Tyler Elliott had four catches for 29 yards.

The Raiders finish off the regular season with a home game against the Sheboygan County Rebels on Saturday, August 27. The Racine Kilties, an award-winning drum and bugles corps, will perform at halftime. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and gates will open at 5:30 p.m.