The Roscoe Rush had beaten the Racine Raiders the last two times the team's battled, but both of those victories came in Pecatonica. The Raiders would return the favor, beating the Rush 35-14, Saturday night at Historic Horlick Athletic Field in Racine, Wis. The all-time series between the teams is now even at 2-2 with each team winning both games at home.
The Raiders wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Craig McClelland hit Dorian Palmer on a 48-yard touchdown pass with 10:56 to play in the first quarter. The Joel DaPra extra point was good and the Raiders led 7-0.
The Raiders would extend their lead to 14-0 in the second quarter when McClelland and Palmer hooked up for the second time, this one a 25-yard strike with 7:50 to play in the half.
The Rush would cut the Raiders lead in half just 41 seconds later on a Joe Cotton two-yard touchdown run and Julie Harshbarger extra point.
McClelland would hit Terrence Fitch on a 27-yard touchdown pass three minutes later to give Racine a 21-7 lead, but the Raiders weren't done in the first half.
McClelland found Fitch on a 41-yard touchdown strike with 1:11 to play in the half, giving the Raiders a 28-7 lead going into halftime.
The Rush got the first score of the second half on a 72-yard bomb from Cotton to Charles Chatman, cutting Racine's lead to 28-14.
Torris Childs would cap the scoring in the game with a nine-yard touchdown run with 14:53 to play in the game to give the Raiders the 35-14 victory.
The Raiders improved to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the Mid-States Football League (MSFL). The Rush, who won the league title the past two seasons, fell to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the MSFL. The Raiders host the Indiana Generals (3-3) next week at Historic Horlick Athletic Field. The game begins at 7 p.m.
PHOTO CREDITS: Dennis Borkhus-Veto