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Young Cougars Lack Bite

The Racine Raiders rolled to a 50-6 win in their season opener over the Kenosha Cougars at Kenosha Indian Trail High School on Saturday, May 20. Racine used four different quarterbacks in the game and everyone suited saw the field.

The Raiders defense held Kenosha to 150 total yards and negative-13 yards rushing on 18 carries. Meanwhile, the Racine offense had 351 total yards and the defense contributed two interception returns for touchdowns.

Anthony JohnsonThe Raiders got on the board on their first offensive possession when Anthony Johnson hit D.J. Smith on a slant and Smith took the pass 41 yards for a touchdown. Hunter Breunig added the extra point and Racine led 7-0 with 13:28 to play in the quarter.

Following a long run by Michael Farr that brought the Raiders down to the Cougars 1-yard line, Far finished it off. The Sam Nisler extra point gave Racine a 14-0 lead with 3:14 to play in the first quarter.

Johnson tossed his second touchdown pass of the game to Carmelo Velazquez. The 61-yard bomb and Casey Jehn extra point extended the Raiders lead to 21-0 just ten seconds into the second quarter.

The Raiders were fairly silent until the final minute of the first half. Breunig connected on a 35-yard field goal to give Racine a 24-0 lead with 54 seconds to play.

David HernandezJust a few plays later, David Hernandez picked off former Raider Josh Tylski and went 55 yards for a pick six. Nisler booted the point-after through and the Raiders led 31-0 with under 30 seconds to play in the half.

Neither team was able to move the ball much in the third quarter. The Raiders would eventually find the endzone on a Mitchell Farr four-yard pass to Tyler Elliott. Jehn’s kick was good and Racine took a 38-0 lead with just seconds to play in the third quarter.

Kenosha saved themselves from being shut out when Tylski connected with Adam Gersach on a 26-yard pass play with 7:47 to play in the game. The two-point conversion pass failed, cutting the Racine lead to 38-6.

Gordy Bittner, Jr., the fourth quarterback used by head coach Wilbert Kennedy scrambled for a 16-yard touchdown run to extend the Raiders lead to 44-6 with 4:36 to play in the game.

Carmelo VelazquezBoyd MacKenzie would cap the scoring for Racine on a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:51 to play, giving Racine the 50-6 win.

Johnson was 4-5 for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air to lead Racine in passing. Michael Farr led all running backs with 40 yards. Austin Tenner added 5 carries for 28 yards and Howard Triplett rushed for 24 yards on 4 touches. Torrie Tyson led all backs with 10 carries but ran for just 19 yards.

Velazquez had 2 grabs for 78 yards. Troy Collier hauled in 2 passes for 55 yards and Smith had 44 yards on 3 catches.

Michael Rachal led the defense with 4 tackles, 1-1/2 tackles for loss, and 1/2 sack. Josh Cook added 3 tackles, 1-1/2 tackles for loss, and a 1/2 sack. Justin Benko recorded 2 tackles, 1 sack, and 1-1/2 tackles for loss. Steven Davis, Marvin McKee, and Dale Wroblewski all had three tackles with Davis also having one tackle for loss.

The Raiders host the Chi City Ducks on Saturday, June 3 at Historic Horlick Field. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.