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Raiders win fourth straight

Pierre Smith, Nate Harris and Larry Williams swarm on Sheboygan County running back Steve Heisler.The Racine Raiders are typically a strong second half team so when they went into halftime with a 27-6 lead, fans felt pretty confident of the outcome of their tilt against the Sheboygan County Rebels on Saturday night.

Sheboygan County didn’t play according to the normal script, however. Raiders quarterback Craig McClelland, who had two touchdown passes in the first half, threw three, third quarter interceptions and the Rebels blocked a Raiders punt, setting them up inside the Racine ten yard line.

The Rebels were only able to convert the blocked punt into a field goal but scored a touchdown following one of McClelland’s three picks, pulling to within 11 points with 6:17 to play in the third quarter at one point.

Terrance Fitch goes up to haul in a Craig McClelland pass as Chris Hicks looks on.The Raiders would shut the door from there, scoring 17 unanswered points to improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-States Football League.

The Raiders rushed for 252 yards in the game and passed for another 224 yards. Racine ran 30 more plays than Sheboygan County and had nearly a two-to-one edge in time of possession. The Raiders defense held the Rebels to just 18 rushing yards on 13 carries.

On the ground, J.R. Taylor paced Racine with 19 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown. Tyrone Galvin added 46 yards on six carries and Ivry Lashley had 31 yards on ten rushes.

Traves Worthington led all Raiders receivers with two catches for 52 yards. Terrance Fitch added 49 yards on three grabs. Six other Raiders receivers caught at least one pass.

Racine Raiders tight end Tyler Elliott splits two Sheboygan County Rebels defenders.McClelland finished the night 14-31 for 224 yards, two passing touchdowns, a rushing touchdown and three interceptions. McClelland threw just seven picks all of last season but has now thrown five on the 2015 season.

The Raiders continue their three-game homestand against the Chicago Chaos of the Gridiron Football League in a rare Sunday afternoon tilt, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. on July 5. The team will also be participating in both the Fourth Fest parade in Racine and the Union Grove parade.