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Raiders Trample Wauwatosa, 63-12

Racine Raiders running back J.R. Taylor.The Racine Raiders have gotten off to slow starts in games in 2014 but Saturday night, that wasn’t an issue. The Raiders jumped out to a 28-0 first quarter lead over the Wauwatosa Spartans in the first round of the Mid-States Football League (MSFL) playoffs and never looked back.

J.R. Taylor carried the ball just 8 times but amassed 92 yards and scored 3 touchdowns in the first half before taking the rest of the game off. Taylor got the Raiders on the scoreboard on their first drive of the game on a 32 yard run. Justin Schoepke added the extra point and the Raiders led 7-0 with 12:22 to play in the opening quarter.

The Raiders would extend their lead to 14-0 with 4:55 to play in the first quarter on a Craig McClelland 29 yard touchdown pass to Traves Worthington, who returned to action for the first time since he suffered an injury early in the season.

The defense would add to the Raiders lead on a 28 yard interception return by Eric Feest. It was just the fourth interception thrown on the season by Wauwatosa quarterback Tony Henner and it gave Racine a 20-0 lead with 3:01 to play in the first quarter.

Taylor would make it 28-0 with a 31 yard run with under a minute to play in the first quarter. McClelland hit Will Norwood on the two-point conversion.

Wauwatosa would hold the Raiders offense in check for much of the second quarter but Racine was able to regroup the score twice in five minutes late in the half.

Taylor added his third touchdown run with 5:29 to play in the half on a five yard run to make it 35-0. Five minutes later McClelland tossed his second touchdown pass of the game, a 15 yard completion to Norwood to extend the Raiders lead to 42-0 going into halftime.

Chris Walsh took over at quarterback to start the second half and the Raiders offense had a hard time getting in rhythm with a lot of subs playing.

Walsh and the Raiders got things going late in the third quarter. Walsh conducted a 7 play, 81 yard drive that ended with a 30 yard touchdown pass to Tyler Elliott. It was Elliott’s first touchdown as a member of the Raiders and gave Racine a 49-0 lead with 12:07 top play in the game.

Wauwatosa would get on the scoreboard with 9:38 to play on a 5 play, 72 yard drive. Henner hit Eric Kossorsis with a bullet. Kossorsis then spun by Erick Sanders and bolted for the score. The two-point conversion run failed, but the Spartans cut the Raiders lead to 49-6.

Racine responded on the first play of their next possession. Tyrone Galvin bolted through the line, broke a tackle, and raced 60 yards for the score to give the Raiders a 56-6 lead with 9:22 to play.

The Raiders added one last score, a 26 yard pass from Walsh to tight end Chris Hicks, who leaped into the air in the end zone in double coverage and hauled in the throw to give the Raiders a 63-6 lead.

The Spartans closed out the scoring on a 13 yard run by Jerome Walker with two minutes to play and made the score 63-12 after a failed two-point conversion pass.

The Raiders advance to the Northern Conference Championship game against the Threat. The Threat beat the Quad City Raiders, 6-0, at Hammes Field Saturday night. The game will be played on Saturday, September 27, at 7 p.m. at Historic Horlick Athletic Field. Advance tickets are available at all Racine Raiders ticket outlets.