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Raiders sink Destroyers

Sam D'Alie hauls in a touchdown pass from Craig McClelland.The Racine Raiders (3-1) had little trouble with the Door County Destroyers (1-2-1) on Saturday afternoon in Baileys Harbor, dispatching the 2014 Wisconsin State Football League champions, 52-11.

It took a little while for the Raiders offense to get going, but once it did, the Raiders scored often. Tyrone Galvin got the Raiders on the board with 2:02 to play in the opening quarter. He capped a 9 play, 72 yard drive, that took nearly six minutes, with a 14 yard touchdown run to give Racine a 7-0 lead.

A little less than three minutes later, Craig McClelland found Sam D’Alie in the front corner of the endzone for a nine-yard touchdown. It extended the Raiders lead to 14-0.

With 3:25 to play in the first half, Justin Schoepke booted a 37 yard field goal to give Racine a 17-0 lead.

Door County responded on the ensuing drive with a 37-yard field goal by Eric Natwick to cut the Raiders lead to 17-3 with just over a minute left in the opening half.

The Raiders drove 43 yards on just 5 plays as McClelland hit D’Alie for their second touchdown connection from nine yards away and Racine led 24-3 at the half.

The Raiders marched 60 yards on 6 plays on the opening drive of the second half. J.R. Taylor scored from 14 yards out to give Racine a 30-3 lead. Door County blocked the extra point attempt but they had gone offsides to do so. Racine lined up for a two-point conversion following the penalty and McClelland went in off of left tackle to extend the lead to 32-3 with 12:12 to play in the third quarter.

It would be Taylor again, this time he broke a 50 yard touchdown run to put Racine up 39-3 with 1:47 to play in the third quarter.

The Destroyers found the endzone on the next drive as Alex Whitney hit Andre Wilson on a jump ball play and Wilson timed his leap right and stayed on his feet to go in from 59 yards out. Whitney found T.J. Hulbert in the endzone for the two-point conversion and Racine’s lead was cut to 39-11 with 14:02 to play in the game.

The Racine Raiders defense stuffs the Door County Destroyers.Galvin would take care of the rest of the scoring, taking a hand-off 52 yards down the Raiders sideline for a score with 12:59 to play. With 9:19 on the clock, he then returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown, giving the Raiders the win, 52-11.

The Raiders amassed 241 yards on 30 carries and scored four touchdowns on the ground. Taylor led the way with 13 touches for 98 yards. He also added two receptions for 32 yards.

Galvin ran 5 times for 74 yards and caught one short pass. Galvin finished the game with 227 total yards. Ivry Lashley ran for 50 yards on 5 carries.

McClelland completed 12-of-25 passes for 135 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. D’Alie caught three passes for 26 yards. Terrence Fitch also had three catches for 21 yards. D.J. Smith hauled in two passes for 23 yards and Chris Hicks had one catch for 30 yards.

Larry Williams led the Raiders defense with eight tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss. Michael Ambrose added six tackles, one sack and 1-1/2 tackles for loss. J.D. Hardy recorded five tackles, a pass breakup and an interception. Jordan Scott had a sack for Racine as well.

The Raiders begin a three game homestand next week, June 27, as they host the Sheboygan Rebels. It’s Mascot Night so many local mascots will be at Historic Horlick Athletic Field. The kickoff is set for 7 p.m.